Washburn, Randall and Ampeg Gear Highlight the RGMM Auction

What do Scott Ian and Charlie Benante of Anthrax, John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, White Zombie), Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, DIO) and Matt McDonough (Mudvayne) all have in common?

Okay, besides the fact that they’re all Rock and Metal icons who’ve collectively sold multiple millions of copies of albums…

They are all consignors in the 2012 Backstage Auctions "Rock Gods and Metal Monsters" Auction who are consigning a plethora of personally owned and stage used musical equipment such as one-of-a-kind guitars, amps, speaker cabinets, guitar effects, drum heads, sticks, cymbals & more! Yes, in addition to multitudes of collectibles such as stage worn clothing, backstage passes, tour itineraries and such - these guys have generously opened their collection to YOU and I, the fans, to have an opportunity to own and cherish some of the very equipment used on tours, recordings, videos and more. Our phones and emails have been blowing up with folks who can’t wait for our Auction Preview to begin so they can check some of this stuff out - so we figured we’d throw you all a bone and shed a little light on some of the rockin’, top of the line professional gear we have.

Scott Ian's Murder Weapon and Suit
Our specially highlighted consignor this year is legendary guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax. Scott has provided us with a dozen personally owned and used Washburn guitars, all showing varying degrees of use and bearing his personal signature. Scott’s endorsement with Washburn has produced some of the most gnarly looking, heavy sounding guitars in the industry! Take this ‘Murder Weapon’ for example. Pictured right is a Washburn SI91 Limited Edition Murder Weapon. Each Limited Edition Murder Weapon is one-of-a-kind guitar - beaten, blood stained and signed by Scott in the Washburn Custom Shop. Scott has also included the very paint suit worn when he customized the guitar! Horns up!

Scott Ian's Randall V2
In addition to Scott’s Washburns, we have 10 of his personally owned and used Randall amps! Used on various and/or multiple tours and recordings, these amps have driven Scott’s brutal sound over the years and bear the marks to prove it! For example, this Randall V2 amplifier pictured left shows black sharpie marks around each of the tone and EQ controls for Scott’s preferred settings! It doesn’t get much more personal than that folks.

It takes more than just an amplifier to have a sound as big as Scott’s. We also have 2 of his Randall speaker cabinets, outfitted with two 12” Celestion Vintage 30 speakers on top and one 15” Eminence Legend speaker on bottom. This combination of speakers creates such an enormous sound with an awesome balance of high and low end! And they just look awesome with that ‘Anthagram’ painted on the front. Double horns up!

We have so much more to offer in addition to Scott’s gear! Legendary rock bassist Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, DIO) has provided us with a unique assortment of his equipment as well. In addition to multiple effects and processors used in touring and in his home studio, Rudy has graciously offered his Ampeg SVT 4 PRO amp, and 2 individual Ampeg SVT-810 speaker cabinets, all used on tour with DIO and Quiet Riot! These items will be shipped from Rudy’s personal home studio and he has even offered to sign and personalize everything upon purchase!

In the midst of all this excitement we can’t overlook some exceptionally rare and unique Schecter guitars we have. Former Powerman 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta has provided us with 3 of his custom Schecter guitars, including this ‘Bloody’ one shown below in this video:

We also have an assortment of small gear in this auction: Wah pedals, stompboxes, preamps, effect processors and much more! A few that catch our eye are this Dunlop ‘Crybaby From Hell’ Wah pedal (Dimebag Darrell model), signed and used by Scott Ian - which still contains tape on the bottom from being stuck to Scott’s pedal board! Also, this Scott Ian DigiTech Black 13 Distortion pedal, featuring 7 presets of Scott’s most celebrated distortion tones!
Stage Used "Crybaby From Hell"
Scott Ian Black 13 Distortion
Fear not - our gear in this auction is not solely limited to guitarists. We also have a nice assortment of Zildjian, Ludwig, Paiste, Tama, and Pearl drum goodies! We’ve got used cymbals, drum heads, sticks and hardware from notable rock drummers like Charlie Benante (Anthrax), John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, White Zombie), Robert Garven (Cirith Ungol) and Matt McDonough (Mudvayne), to name a few.

Check out this John Tempesta lot that features a signed 16” Remo drum head, used on a recent tour with The Cult, paired with a signed brand new pair of his signature Vic Firth drumsticks - now that’s a framer!

John Tempesta Stage Used Drumhead
Or what about this concert used 15” Alchemy Professional crash cymbal that belonged to Matt McDonough and was used on Mudvayne tours during the early 2000s - it shows some definite wear and is signed by Matt!
Matt McDonough Stage Used Cymbal
Whatever your fancy, this auction has something for YOU. Above is but a small fraction of the overall music gear and equipment available in the upcoming Backstage Auctions "Rock Gods and Metal Monsters" Auction. Be sure to check back regularly for updates, and definitely tune in to our VIP PREVIEW from April 14 - 20! The auction will go live and open for bidding on April 21st.

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