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Ibanez DT-200 Destroyer

 
The original Explorer guitar (released by Gibson in the 50's) is a design classic and has inspired countless guitars of simular design over the years - despite such a heritage the explorer is richly associated with rock and metal music. The DT200 X series guitar is Ibanez's homage to the design classic and share's it's angled design and overall configuration. - - Featuring a solid mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard (with 22 medium frets) and that famous angled body the DT200 represents fantastic value for money coming in at slightly cheaper than the Epiphone - - Looks wise - well it looks the business, the hardware is chrome and features a stop bar bridge and tailpiece. With the shape these guitars can be a bit headstock heavy and you need to be carefull about how you stand it - save it topelling over - the build quality is the usual Ibanez quality - and the instrument feels robust and sturdy. - - Tone is supplied by the two Powersound humbuckers, controls are the usual single tone - two volume and three way pickup selector. Plugged in clean - it sounds pleasant enough - but for most looking at this guitar - they won't want to play country on it! Sound wise - well this really is a rock guitar - the body provides a satisfying amount of sustain - add a suitable overdrive pedal and the DT200 will growl away nicely (without too much noise either which is a plus). - - The Destroyer represents an economical in-road into the world of explorer style guitars (is cheaper than a comparable epiphone) and as such you should expect some differences. The pickups (whilst being fine for beginners or part-time noodlers) may lack the output that more demanding players will be looking for but these days with the amount of pickups on the market this is easily solved. - - Ibanez are renowned for producing quality products at reasonable prices and the DT200 feels solid and reliable. For those looking for a keenly priced metal guitar - check out the Ibanez Destroyer. -


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Sound Stock this guitar is alright. I bought this guitar with the idea of getting something that rings out more like a Les Paul with a fixed bridge. While this guitar is certainly no LP, it wasn't *exactly* the sound I was going for. I really wanted something along the lines of Adrian Smith's classic sound from Iron Maiden. In fact, I named the guitar "Mr. Smith". The stock pickups were replaced with a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and a Humbucker from Hell in the neck position.
The guitar is mahogany but it doesn't feel mad heavy like an LP or an Explorer. I suspect this is a mahogany laminate of some sort and not solid mahogany. Maybe I'm wrong. The sound of this guitar rings out! Even unplugged this guitar resonates well. The oversized mahogany body and the fixed bridge are key to this.


Action, Fit, & Finish The action on this guitar is pretty good. I usually play 25.5" scale RG's so the 24 3/4" scale neck is a tad odd, especially when playing in the lower range. My fingers feel a tad more bunched up when chording. For solos it's pretty good. I'm used to 24 frets on the RG but the Destroyer neck is good once I get used to it.
I got mine second hand in the Vintage Amber finish. There is a LOT of clear coat on this guitar. It seems to give it a bit of that late 70's early 80's vibe.
Certainly being a Korean-built Destroyer, the craftsmanship isn't as nice as the Made In Japan models. Still, it's a pretty decent guitar. You can't go wrong, really, with a tune-o-matic style fixed bridge.


Reliability & Durability This guitar is pretty solid! I've played out with it and it's pretty reliable. I plan on keeping this for a while.


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Liked about it 1. Big mahogany body
2. Tune-O-Matic fixed bridge.
3. It's a Destroyer!


Didn't like Not a big deal but if I had to mention any negatives it would be the 22 fret 24 3/4" scale neck. I've been eyeing the 24 fret 25.5" Iceman and the newer DTT but this is still a very good guitar.


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4.0

By mike570
Dec 31, 2010
 
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Great playing/sounding Destroyer

Sound The Powersound pickups lack some bottom-end beef, but can get punchy id an EQ is added. The mahogany body adds real warmth and sustain.


Action, Fit, & Finish The 22 fret neck is pretty decent for a lower end Ibanez. It's not a Wizard, but still thin enough to shred. The guitar is heavy due to the mahogany construction. The clearcoat over the natural mahogany is classy! The light neck finish is smooth and very easy to play.


Reliability & Durability The Destroyer I got has a few dings, so it's built tough. The neck is sturdy, and while I don't plan on dropping it--I'm sure it will hold it's own in a brawl with the floor. This is not my "main" guitar, but a novelty backup.


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Liked about it I love the mahogany construction--sustain for days! The neck is very fast and plays like butter--even for a non-Wizard. The Powersound pickups aren't the best humbuckers, but sound OK for classic rock.


Didn't like The Powersound pickups will be replaced soon.


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By AlaskaBat
Oct 12, 2010
 
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