The success of the Ibanez retro trio motivated the company to create two basses that gave a serious nod to late-’50s Gibsons, but weren’t copies per se; the Rocket Roll Bass was inspired by the Flying V and actually preceded Gibson’s Flying V bass, which went into production in 1981. But the Destroyer Bass wasn’t a blatant copy of the Explorer bass; it did not have the Kalamazoo creation’s short scale or banjo-style tuners, a la Gibson’s first electric bass (the violin-shaped EB) and other Gibsons of the era. Per Wikipedia policy, this timeline has been updated to contain only those models and attributes whose existence can be independently verified via pre-published, authoritative works. Save ibanez destroyer to get e-mail alerts and updates on your eBay Feed. 1977 Ibanez Destroyer Bass, serial number H775153. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. In all, it’s a unique example from the heyday of upper-tier import copies from three decades ago. For heavy guitarists craving the sound and aesthetics of Gibson’s long out-of-production axe, the Destroyer was a viable, and affordable alternative that didn’t sacrifice the tonal qualities of … The Destroyer is an Ibanez brand electric guitar model (originally) manufactured at the FujiGen-Gakki musical instrument factory for the Hoshino-Gakki Company. On the other hand, Gibson did make at least one Explorer bass as a custom order in the early ’60s, using parts from other models. Ibanez DT520. The Destroyer model was first introduced by Hoshino-Gakki in 1975 and was based on the Gibson Musical Instruments' Explorer design. #mergeRow-gdpr {margin-top: 0px;} Emboldened by the sales of their instruments, importers soon brought copies of even more classic models, made with greater attention to detail. */ The pre-lawsuit lookalike to Gibson's Explorer. $599 used (4 offers) Ibanez DTT700. Litigation ensued, and not surprisingly, some copy guitars from the ’70s have been hyped in the used/vintage market as “lawsuit models.” Often, imported “copy guitars” had bolt-on necks (where the original models had set necks) or they melded cosmetics from more than one model. Back then, the “vintage” vibe as it related to American-made electric guitars was in its infancy. The barrel-shaped knobs control a master tone and two volume pots, and the three-point suspension bridge matches the bridge on mid-’70s Gibson models such as the Ripper and RD Bass. In the mid ’70s, Ibanez went after the ultimate American rarities when it introduced copies of Gibson’s “modernistic” trio of electric guitars from the late ’50s; its Rocket Roll model was a copy of the Flying V, the Destroyer channeled the Explorer, and the Futura was a nod to the patented (but never produced) Moderne. Per Wikipedia policy, these tables have been updated to contain only those models and attributes whose existence can be independently verified via pre-published, authoritative works. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! Other Shape Guitar. The DT555 is a Destroyer series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1983. Instrument courtesy of Marty’s Music. $700 used (3 offers) Ibanez DT150. The yellow-tinted sen body does indeed recall Gibson’s korina, and does look like ash. The DT555 features an Explorer-style basswood body with birch top and ivory binding mated to a set-in 3-ply maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearloid and abalone split block position markers. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Ibanez GRX20ZBKN Electric Guitar Review", "Ibanez Electric Guitars, Electric Basses, Acoustic Guitars, Electronics, Accessories", "Ibanez Electric Guitars, Electric Basses, Amplifiers, Effects & Accessories", "Ibanez Electric Guitar Catalog for North America", "Ibanez Iceman II, Destroyer II, and Rocket Roll II Electric Guitars", "Ibanez Electric Guitars and Acoustic Guitars", "Guitar Stories: Eddie Van Halen's Destroyer", "Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda: The Un-twisted Tale of Stay Hungry",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, DiMarzio D Activator X / x / DiMarzio D Activator X, Axis Humbucker 3-1 / x / Axis Humbucker 4-1, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 09:47.

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