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ESP LTD Dave Mustaine Signature DV8-R Electric Guitar

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The ESP LTD Dave Mustaine Signature DV8-R Electric Guitar is one bad boy. Its 25-1/2" scale, neck-thru-body mahogany construction, a TonePros string-...Click To Read More About This Product

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Made for metal.

The ESP LTD Dave Mustaine Signature DV8-R Electric Guitar is one bad boy. Its 25-1/2" scale, neck-thru-body mahogany construction, a TonePros string-thru tune-o-matic-style bridge, and a pair of Seymour Duncan pickups (JB in the bridge, Jazz in the neck), and Sperzel locking tuners make this a perfectly metal-equipped axe. Loads of sustain, super stable tuning, plenty of crunch, and searing lead sounds. Cosmetics include an 8-ball inlay on the first fret plus neck and headstock binding.

  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Neck-thru-body construction
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • TonePros string-thru tune-o-matic-style bridge
  • Seymour Duncan pickups (JB in the bridge, Jazz in the neck)
  • 2 volumes, 3-way switch, and tone controls
  • Sperzel locking tuners
  • 8-ball inlay on the 1st fret plus dots
  • Neck and headstock binding

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From the best, for the rest

By Stetmeister

from Bloomington IN

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WOW! My friend has this guitar, and it kicks SOOO much #%@ for an ESP. I am somewhat anti-ESP, but this guitar is a Mustaine, and no matter how much you hate the dude, he IS an awesome guitarist. His guitar is awesome too, I played it, and it is smoother than a babies bottom! It could use a Floyd Rose tremelo, but heck, it is a custom, and not having the Floyd Rose does make the feel a little bit more original. The guitar bassically sounds awesome and kicks #$!. Now you may think, well, it is just for looks, but looks aren't everything. Well, the "looks" factor of this guitar dont mean $!%^, cause it stills sounds better than any Kirk Hammett guitar!


This axe totally shreds!

By the izzman

from Oshkosh, WI

Fast action neck with ebony fretboard is amazing. It almost has a Jackson style neck to it. The pickup selection is choice for metal even if they are stock. This is a must have pro guitar.


Nice, but not a Jackson

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have owned a KV-1 Dave Mustaine signature guitar from Jackson for several years now; I have to say it is lightyears beyond this guitar. The ESP is nice, but the FEEL and the TONE really don't compare to it's Jackson counterpart. I would have to suggest searching for a used (and still in good condition) KV-1. If the Jackson is not an option, then this guitar is a good second choice.


Metal Man

By Metal man-zKqol

from Rio Rancho, NM

I have owned a Dv8r Dv8rse and I also have a Jackson Y2KV. This guitar is awesome I own a few jackson a dean a washburn and some others and this guitar blows them away. It has perfect Tone and Fell for me fast neck easy to play, I play Metal, Rock, Blues, Jazz and even classical and this guitar works for all of those for the price it's really good!


Dave Mustaine

By gibsonec

from White Pine, TN

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This guitar rocks - it is an awesome guitar, if you got the money, buy this guitar. You won't be disappointed, I promise!



By AZdirtTorpedo

from Surprise, AZ

I can't help but to give this amzing guitar all 10's. I owned an old King V standard in high school (because I couldn't afford the signature KV1, which was only $999 from MF in '93, HA!)For the money this LTD is a fantastic instrument. The pickup set rocks, the flushmount straplocks are cool and the finish is beautiful. I just took it to the shop to be set up for 10-52 strings and I love it even more now. You will not be disappointed in this guitar (as long as you get it in silver :))


Just one word to say

By DeathByRockAndRoll

from West Virginia

This guitar is one of the best metal guitars to have. Its sound is awesome but could do a little better, and the neck action is awesome. I can really get down to the high notes and do some serious shredding when I need to. If I could buy any other guitar, it would have to be just like this one because it's the best one so far.


Dave is a God

By McBain39

from OP, Kansas

i've own this guitar for about six months now, and i love it. getting up the the higher frets are very, and the neck through body is awesome. it seems to have alot of bass though, and sitting down blows... but an overall good guitar


Now I need a new Amp

By Diadeth

from Sacramento

Light weight, strap-locks are right where they should be, Killer sustain, great tone, fretboard is so fast my hand caught on fire.....asthetically irritating fretboard workmanship......should have spent a little more time sanding the sides for final detailing. Otherwise this is a killer guitar. Now I need to pick up an amp that will give it justice. Just buy one you'll love it.


ESP LTD Dave Mustaine DV8-R

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is my first guitar which I have saved my money for a while to get and it is definitely worth it. The pickups are both crisp and smooth and the body has a beautiful finish to it. Anyone wanted to shred some real hard metal and looking good at it, I suggest buying this guitar.

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