Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Gainesville, FL
Tried out the new DTT700 today
The local store I teach out of just got one in so I tried it out through a Fender Super Sonic 1x12. I couldn't believe the weight of the guitar, this thing is HEAVY. In fact, I'd wager it is most likely the heaviest guitar I have ever held. Being an Indonesian made model I was surprised at the fit and finish right off the shelf, I guess I didn't have high expectations being a MII instrument. There was a small spot of missing clear coat above the Ibanez logo which was really the only cosmetic flaw I could see on first inspection.
The action was nice as was the neck profile, not too thick. The neck is bound and the inlays looked nice with the mother of toilet seat enclosing a band of very colorful abalone in the middle. The Dimarzio pups (D-Activators?) are shocking to see in a non-MIJ instrument from Ibanez but the price definitely reflected it ($799USD). Those pickups sounded very tastey to me dirty and clean, so much so that I would consider trying them in an RG or any other mahogany bodied guitar.
If this guitar is a sign of things to come in the future from Indonesian Ibanez guitars, more power to them, this guitar really ROCKED. I would probably pick one up if they were just a bit less cash ($499-$549 ballpark) and just a bit lighter. I give it two thumbs up and would recommend anyone thinking about buying one to try one out first but I believe those interested in buying one would most likely be happy buying online without playing one first. Just my 2cents for free. Peace out.