Lick Library conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine about Dave's signature Marshall 1960DM cabinet at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009 fair, which was held April 1-4 in Frankfurt, Germany. Watch the nine-minute chat below.
In 1962, a new amplifier became available to guitarists, bringing with it a whole new approach to how the guitar was played. Not only that but a new concept in speaker cabinet design was emerging from the same company; a single cabinet containing 4 x 12" speakers, that could be "stacked" on top of one another. The company behind this was Marshall Amplification, and the visionary Jim Marshall.
21 years later, in 1983 a new band emerged on the San Francisco bay area, bringing with them a unique, new sound for a generation. The music had a distinctive guitar style, often involving complex, intricate musical passages. The lyrics were profound and gave a sharp, cynical view of modern society. The band MEGADETH, the visionary Dave Mustaine.
The Dave Mustaine signature range consists of two cabinets, the 1960A-DM, which carries the classic angled look, and the 1960B-DM, the base, straight front cabinet. Together they make one hell of a stack!
Hand-built in Marshall's U.K. factory, the company's development engineers have worked closely with Dave over the last year, and have devised Marshall's most visually and sonically striking product to date. Hand-sealed for an enhanced response, the baffle is fixed inside the cabinet housing and loaded with G12-V30 Marshall Celestion custom Dave Mustaine Vintage Speakers. This "sealed" construction gives tightly focused, aggressive projection to the sound and is exactly to Dave's specification.
Cosmetically, the cabinet looks like no other. Built with 15mm Birch Ply, the cabinet has a more open face look, with a diamond pattern, black powder coated steel kick grille to protect the speakers. Covered in rugged "Carbon Fibre" patterned, slate black vinyl, the cabs are finished with high impact-resistant cabinet fixtures and durable Manganese-Phosphate plated screws and rivets. The final touch is a
custom plaque in the corner of the cab, carrying the signatures of both Dave Mustaine and Dr. Jim Marshall OBE.
Included with each 1960DM cabinet is a DVD presented by Dave and featuring the building of the cabinet. There is also a heavy duty dust cover with a custom artwork and a product completion certificate hand-signed by the Marshall production staff.
Video footage of Dave Mustaine demonstrating his signature Marshall 1960DM cabinet at a Marshall press dinner during the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009 can be viewed below.