CustomAxe
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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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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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Congrats, man! Not many people get reunited with their beloved axes.
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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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Happy reunification!
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Quote by Ippon
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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TheStig1214
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Quote by Ippon
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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Got the black one a few months ago. Makes a great backup guitar for me.
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Awesome.

really like that
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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.
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Beautiful axe. Congrats on the reunification!
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Awesome looking axe, it's great that you got reunited with it after 5 years
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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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#20
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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#21
Quote by gregs1020
destroyer = knuckles.


I hear you...they're distressed camo finish though, I feel like it would clash cosmetically. Though of course tone is most important
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Quote by Dave_Mc
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...


Sorry Dave, just noticed your post. It is Japan-only, it was a limited edition reissue that I think was made only that year (2002). Came in candy apple red (this one) and black pearl.

Here's a good page i found on google with the specs and info:

http://www.thedestroyerguy.com/6-String/DT-420v2.html
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No worries. And thanks for the link
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HNGD, buddy!

I actually almost bought one the other gay at GC. I absolutely love how the necks on these bad boys feels. Hope you like it!
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I actually almost bought one the other gay at GC.

Great typo. I had to re-read that sentence a few times.
At first I thought you almost bought one from a gay person, and I wondered why you felt the need to mention said person's sexual preference.
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Great typo. I had to re-read that sentence a few times.
At first I thought you almost bought one from a gay person, and I wondered why you felt the need to mention said person's sexual preference.


Yeah this was hilarious haha
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A worthwhile bump...finally got around to installing the Bareknuckle Warpigs into this beast. And DAMN, do they rock. It's a match made in heaven. Really highly recommend 'em to anyone considering new pickups. I've owned many, many guitars in my 10 years of playing, and I've never played a guitar that nailed ultra high gain so well (with the BKPs doing a lot of the work, I'm sure).

Here is it in it's new incarnation:

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how many strings do you go through? thats one rusty ass bridge and saddle lol
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nice
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Quote by gregs1020
they clash in a good way.


That's how I feel too. It kind of works with the inlays and the faded hardware.

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how many strings do you go through? thats one rusty ass bridge and saddle lol


Well, gold hardware on a guitar that's 12 years old...guess it comes with the territory. Everything functions 100% though. And I bought it used (both the first time I owned it, and this 2nd recent purchase) so I can say its not my fault
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