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Dave Mustaine Used a Wah-Wah Pedal Live "For the First Time Ever" This Week

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is currently busy on the road with the Experience Hendrix show, cranking out Hendrix classics like "Fire" and "Stone Free" alongside Band of Gypsys’ Billy Cox, Jonny Lang and many more.

According to Mustaine, the tour is pushing him to try new things as a guitarist, including—for the first time in his career—a wah pedal

“Tonight's gonna be the first time I'm ever gonna use a wah-wah pedal live,” he said in a video he posted to his social media accounts on Tuesday, March 12, while backstage in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“I've been really apprehensive of using one for obvious reasons and people overusing them. So I've found that this Experience Hendrix tour has gotten me out of my comfort zone, and it's been really good for me as a player. So I'm gonna give it a try.

“I don't know how it's gonna turn out, so if you're here, you'll find out. If you're not, check back later and see. But I'm really excited about it.”

Many fans have taken Mustaine's "obvious reasons" and "people overusing them" comment to be a dig at his wah-wah-friendly replacement in Metallica, Kirk Hammett, though he has offered no further comment on the matter. 

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.