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I have a 1981 red Destroyer II have had it since 1983. I recently got back into playing a little bit and purchased a Schecter E1. The Destroyer is stock and the Schecter is stock. I love my Destroyer but the Schecter e1 is really sounding better. Can't believe it but it is what it is.
 

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No not really the Destroyer sounds good don't get me wrong. Pickups are doing great. It's the tonal quality that gets me when the guitars are unplugged or played through a clean channel.
 

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I'm not a expert but I think you can make a guitar sound all kinds of ways with effects. I love my Destroyer but the fit and finish of the Schecter is better compared to the Destroyer. IMHO. My Destroyer is from Japan 1981 and the Schecter from Korea 2018. They both are extremely nice guitars.
 

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No not really the Destroyer sounds good don't get me wrong. Pickups are doing great. It's the tonal quality that gets me when the guitars are unplugged or played through a clean channel.
Put fresh strings on your old Destroyer for a fair comparison, new strings make the biggest difference to acoustic and clean tones and maybe clean up the electrical contacts in the pots, switch and jack socket, there will be a lot of oxidation on such an venerable instrument.
 

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I recently had a local guitar tech replace the toggle switch check it over real good, set it up and put new strings on it. I came across a little hard on the Destroyer I am just excited that a company like Schecter makes something with a similar look and very high quality I was shocked when I opened the box. If Ibanez was making a Destroyer right now I would have bought it instead of the Schecter. I have had this guitar since 1983 anyone have any idea what Pick Ups are in it? I will say they both sound great and maybe I had a little bias for the Schecter because it was my new purchase. Anyway thanks and this is a great website I appreciate you letting me join in.
 

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Yeah I have heard that they had those super 70's in them. Very well could be. I spoke to the local guitar tech and he seems to like the Seymour Duncan SH4 for the bridge and the Pearly Gates for the neck. Not touching the Destroyer but might put those in the Schecter.
 

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Little update on the Schecter. My Brother has 2 Gibson Explorers from back in the late 70's early 80's anyway it was funny how this happened. We got to together with some of his friends who are all Gibson AND Ibanez fans and they had some of their guitars with them it was just a get together. The Schecter they were a little skeptical until they handled it and played it. Most are die hard Gibson fans and some are Ibanez as well. After a few beers and playing through my Brothers old Marshall comparing all the guitars they actually gave the 629.00 Schecter the thumbs up over guitars that cost 3 times that much. They picked it a part but It was a friendly get together and everyone was honest. Carry on and have fun playing whatever you choose.
 

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A lot of the Ibanez Destroyers were built in the same South Korean WMI factory as your new Schecter, they have serials beginning with W.
I'm glad you're enjoying it but it's hardly surprising they're good at making them.
 
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