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Old 05-10-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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NGD! Ibanez Destroyer

It's funny, I've owned this guitar years ago and always regretted selling it. Today I spotted it for sale, turns out it was the very guitar I sold like 5 years ago. Snatched it up for a great price and am now enjoying the hell out of it, never to sell again. This is the 2002 Ibanez Destroyer DT420, made in Japan. I've tried the new ones (they're made in either china or indonesia) and they don't even hold a candle to these in my opinion. MIJ Ibanez is where it's at.

I bought it with the upgraded pickups which are thankfully still in the guitar, it's a Duncan JB/59 set but I'll be selling them because I have Bareknuckles and a Suhr Aldrich set lying around (if anyone wants a gold JB/59 set, PM me!). Here are some pictures with my craptastic camera. Action needs a quick tweak but otherwise it's a monster.











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Old 05-10-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
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Always good to be reunited with an old friend.

Happy reunited with gear day!

Totally a better love story that Twilight.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:03 PM   #3
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Congrats, man! Not many people get reunited with their beloved axes.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:01 PM   #4
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Awesome!!!! Nice guitar. Congrats and enjoy!!
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:18 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. Trying to decide between two sets of pickups for it, the Duncans are fine but they have to go. I have a set of Bareknuckle Warpigs and a Suhr Doug Aldrich set...
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:22 PM   #6
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:30 PM   #7
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Congrats finding it again! Sweet-looking axe. Is there a set-neck version?

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Old 05-10-2014, 11:39 PM   #8
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Congrats finding it again! Sweet-looking axe. Is there a set-neck version?



Thanks! I don't know if I've ever seen a MIJ set neck one, but they probably exist. It's so well built though that I don't miss the set neck at all. The newer ones are set neck but they're made in China and honestly the quality is just not there. I played 4 or 5 different ones at two different Guitar Center stores, and they just felt cheap/toy-ish. Of all the Destroyers I've played over the years, the 2002 MIJ reissue is my favorite.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:43 PM   #9
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Congrats finding it again! Sweet-looking axe. Is there a set-neck version?



They are probably making them with set necks on the newer ones. I know they did that with the Iceman. My IC300 along with the IC350 were the last Icemans with bolt ons. With the 400 the went to set. I'd imagine it's a similar story with the Destroyers.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:43 PM   #10
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Got the black one a few months ago. Makes a great backup guitar for me.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:44 PM   #11
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:02 AM   #12
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:54 AM   #13
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Funny the way these things happen sometimes. Getting a 2nd chance with that guitar after 5 years... Must feel very good, man.

HNOldGD!


For anyone who likes to hear this kind of story, here's one about a man who found his dad's old Peugeot after 70 years.
Now if I could find my dad's old Triumph Spitfire Mk.IV...
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:34 AM   #14
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now that's some inlay work right there.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:13 AM   #15
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Nice, HNGD!
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:42 AM   #16
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Beautiful axe. Congrats on the reunification!
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:50 PM   #17
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Awesome looking axe, it's great that you got reunited with it after 5 years
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Old 05-11-2014, 01:03 PM   #18
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Thanks guys, I'm really loving it. Just have to decide between a Suhr Aldrich set i have, and one of the bareknuckle sets I have lying around.
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:17 PM   #19
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destroyer = knuckles.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:18 PM   #20
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Sweet

Was it a japan-only model or something like that? It doesn't seem to be in the Ibanez catalogues on the Ibby website, anyway...
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