Ibanez's Explorer-like Destroyer is back what do you mean you never knew it went away? Dan Veall a bit of a destroyer himself seemed like the ideal person to welcome it. The earliest reference to the Ibanez Destroyer bass I can find is around in an early Ibanez catalogue, but here it is, back again, this time reincarnated as the DTB Yes, the Destroyer has seen updates over the years, but what we have here is that classic Ibanez Rock outline which you will either love or Onto the mahogany body is bolted a maple neck and onto that has been affixed a rosewood fingerboard, bound around the edges and headstock.
This binding continues on to the body perimeter too. I think this sets off against the black body in a tasteful way. Personally, I've never really got on with two volume controls.
Very useful if you are playing music with lots of stops and you are a distortion fiend : It helps to be able to shut the volume off easily. You can lift this instrument further with the active EQ. You know that I love instruments that are a bit different. Sitting down though, for me was another story!
The body shapes are just so different to what I am used to it messed with my hand position. I found it easier to use a pick. Everyone is different though and I am sure if I had more than the review time to play the bass I will have found a comfortable way to handle it.
That protruding upper body angle did mess with my elbow position though. There's no doubt this is a great bass made by a well known and trusted brand and you won't go wrong with it, but it's what we Brits like to call a 'Marmite' option. In case you don't know, Marmite is a savoury spread and the taste is so distinctive the makers cheerfully sell it as a 'you'll love it or hate it' proposition.
You might feel that way about the Destroyer's looks — an acquired taste. Read the mag. Issue Read the full article This article was originally published in issue 45 To read the article in its entirety, view the digital magazine. Issue 74 Jim Root Out Now.Gallery 6-String Bass.
Well, I managed to make it through without any more major surgery but I'm not going to be so lucky in In mid-March I will be going in for heart surgery. Assuming all goes well, I will be back online by mid-May. Until then, TheDestroyerGuy web site will once again be on autopilot and I won't be able to answer email.
Made more updates to the information on the DT first incarnation page. This was the only Destroyer model that was available with the Tri-Sound functionality. We've added a wiring diagram to the DT first incarnation page for the Tri-Sound. Recently got my hands on a DT first incarnation and have made some updates to the DT page. Hope to have more updates in the future as I take it apart. Have some updates about the Destroyers with Modulus Guitars' graphite necks.
Read about it here. Made some minor updates to the DG page. The DG page has been corrected. There is a new BlackOps link at the top of the navigation menu that will take you to the new site. Check it out and see which look you like better. Same content just a different color palette.
Once there, simply click the WhiteSite link at the top of the navigation menu to return. The mystery has been solved for one of our Mystery Models. My deepest, most humble, grovelling apologies to everyone. For the past couple of years the site has been on auto-pilot while I have dealt with various medical issues.
I have tried to answer emailed questions as often as I was able but simply did not have the energy to keep the site up to date. I'm slowly getting back into action. As you can see, the site has been revamped a bit and has been updated with the latest information I could find. If I have missed anything or if you find something that looks wonky, please let us know. Thank you. Hopefully, will be a much better year, the site will be kept current, and I won't lose any more body parts.
We have found additional information regarding the speculative model DT Had someone reach out to me about a Destroyer they own that has a Modulus Guitars graphite neck.
We found an Ibanez price list from February that contained some interesting information regarding the DT Scroll to the bottom of the DT page to view it.
First off, it actually mentions the Marine Sunburst finish DTMS which is the only time I've ever seen a reference to that finish in official Ibanez documents.The Beast is Back!
Ibanez has reprised its classic and much-loved Destroyer for a new century - and it's done so at a wallet-friendly price. But is it still a killer? Tom Quayle bravely volunteered to enter the Destroyer's cage.
Ibanez Destroyer 25.5" DTT700 w/Case MGS 2010 MGS (Metallic Gray Sunburst)
The Ibanez Destroyer was originally introduced in and has been an iconic part of Rock 'n Roll history ever since.
The newest incarnation of this model is the DT, featuring some updated hardware and two finishes and comes at a very attractive price.
The DT is based on the classic Destroyer design with a single piece mahogany neck, mahogany body and rosewood fretboard adorned with mother of pearl and abalone block inlays. Ibanez has also included its Sure-Grip III control knobs, giving a vintage look but with rubber grips for accurate stage use. Control is provided by way of a 3-way selector switch and two volume and a single tone knobs.
Cream binding runs around the entire body, neck and headstock to complete the design and matches very nicely with the chrome hardware and tuners. The fretwork is superb with comfortable rounded edges and a very level set-up and finishing, whilst the body on our sample was flawless in every respect. The body and neck are produced from mahogany, giving an impressively light and resonant guitar that sustains and rings acoustically for days, almost like korina.
Considering the price of the DT this comes as a bit of a shock in a good way of course and makes the guitar very responsive to play. The Tight-Tune bridge and tailpiece are attractive in design and do a great job of keeping the guitar in tune and intonated. As usual we had to stretch the strings in upon getting the guitar out of the box, but once stretched the guitar remained resolutely in tune across its entire range.
It is supremely comfortable though and will take no time at all to acclimatise to. In fact the whole design is far more comfortable to play than the shape might suggest and fits very nicely into the body whether sat down or stood up. You really feel the guitar resonating against your body with an enthusiasm unmatched by most budget production guitars.
Plugged in the DiMarzio pickups do a superb job of translating that natural resonance into your chosen amplifier and give a professional set of clean and overdriven tones. The Tone Zone is a high output 17k pickup but is still nicely dynamic and responsive, offering great edge of breakup and crunch tones, matched with tight high gain rhythm and lead tones that really sing thanks to the natural sustain of the DT In the neck position the Air Norton offers fat clean tones and creamy lead tones that are a great combination of classic and modern sensibilities.The Destroyer is an Ibanez brand electric guitar model originally manufactured at the FujiGen-Gakki musical instrument factory for the Hoshino-Gakki Company.
The Destroyer has since undergone several design and line changes and has been available in both 6-string and bass versions. The star-shape variant was one of the first eccentrically-shaped guitars at the time with a floating tremolo system, making it a popular choice for the heavy metal and shred musicians of the 80s.
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Set Neck? Block inlays? However, the neck is a comfy medium C-Shape that is general interest for most players. I find it to be well balanced for all playing styles. The Tight-Tune bridge is very stable and easy to set up. The shape is obviously a love or hate thing. When you combine that with the short scale and TOM-style bridge, the ergonomics are definitely targeting a certain kind of player.
As I touched on earlier, the tone is largely borrowed from Les Pauls due to the construction and wood choice: thick and meaty. However, the Dimarzios are on the hotter side, and well suited to metal genres as well. The Air Norton is one of my favorite neck pickups.Ibanez DT520 Destroyer/EMG 81/85 Metal players review
The Air technology increases sustain and leaves the highs very sweet. Like Eddie Van Halen himself! This guitar exists in a bit of a middle ground for Ibanez.
I tend to be really critical of cheaper guitars, but the more of them I play from Ibanez, the more I realize…. The way I see it, this guitar is largely catering to two camps: and it does a reasonably good job of servicing both.
Modern metal players looking for an intense shapes will be happy with a neck profile that is suitable for shred; as well as thick heavy tone that is definitely suited for hard rock and old school death metal, if not the best at extremely tight modern-metal downtuning. The build quality is definitely up to par for the price range, and I easily found myself living out my Van Halen fantasies on this guitar, while having a surprisingly pleasant drone metal and jazz experience as well. Check out our current stock here.
Or read more articles …. Home Articles. Keep reading to see how the modern version holds up! Tone: As I touched on earlier, the tone is largely borrowed from Les Pauls due to the construction and wood choice: thick and meaty.
Build Quality: This guitar exists in a bit of a middle ground for Ibanez. Final Verdict: The way I see it, this guitar is largely catering to two camps: and it does a reasonably good job of servicing both.This seller has not set a shipping cost for Russian Federation. Please contact them to ask about shipping. Similar Listings See More. Change shipping region. Listing Sold. Shipped From. Preferred Seller. Quick Shipper. Message Seller. About This Listing. Armed with a very comfortable neck, Dimarzio Air Norton humbuckers, and style for days this guitar is at home playing rock, blues, metal, and everything in between.
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Cherry Burst.Read the current issue of VG. Back inwhen Gibson unleashed its now legendary trio — the Explorer, Flying V, and Moderne — its designers probably had no idea how big the shapes would become. Certainly, the response to these innovative guitars at the time gave no indication.
They tanked pretty quickly. Japanese manufacturers also picked up on the appeal of these designs. The first burst of interest in Explorer-style guitars in the s, led by players such as Rick Derringer and Sammy Hagar, was followed by a hiatus at the end of the decade when guitarists followed an Alembic-style lead. Poofy hair and skin-tight spandex begged for guitars with in-your-face style.
The radical Explorer shape was perfect for making the right kind of personal stage statement. Manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon. These first Destroyer IIs came in a variety of options and included bolt- and set-neck models that evolved over the next four years.
The set-neck models had bound flamed maple tops over mahogany bodies and are exceptionally fine guitars. Ibanez rolled these new Destroyer IIs into its X Series, which featured several ultra-pointy guitars, some like the XV in daring two-tone metallic finishes. Which brings us to this DT While it sports the tail notch, the shape is a little more sleek and diminutive than the comparable Dean ML.
The lower front bout is extended to be almost symmetrical with the diagonally opposite bass wing. The treble-side lower bout is shortened, giving the whole guitar a tasteful offset-X shape… X Series. There were actually two bolt-neck DTs, both with basswood bodies and the very nice locking Powerocker vibratos.
The regular model came in black or white and had a rosewood fingerboard. Well, a little boring. But the Transparent Red TRs came with a maple fingerboard stained red. Hard maple, made slick with the red polyurethane.
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Actually, red fingerboards were all the rage among Japanese makers about this time. Several Matsumoku-made Westones sold by St. The Ibanez DT is a perfect guitar for shredding. The basswood is light so you can run all over the stage, jump off your stack, and still have energy to dive-bomb.