Up for sale, a 1984 Ibanez Destroyer II Model DT555 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with an SKB molded hardshell case. Produced from 1983-85, this Ibanez Destroyer II is widely associated with (and was initially popularized by) Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, who played one extensively throughout the band’s heyday and was featured heavily in promotional materials by Ibanez. Produced at the Fujigen Gakki factory, the Destroyer II is the embodiment of classic, envelope-pushing visual and sonic design of the 1980s, loaded with a trio of high-output Ibanez V2 humbuckers and a Pro Rock’r tremolo system.
Tonewoods include a basswood body with a birch top, a three-piece maple set neck, and a bound rosewood fretboard, and the tonewood complement yields a bright, balanced acoustic platform with plenty of natural sustain. Plugged in, the three Ibanez V2 humbuckers can harness massive gain structures, boasting rich harmonic content, great punch and an overall full and bold tonal character. The controls are simple and intuitive, with a three-way pickup toggle and Volume, Blend, and Tone knobs. This Ibanez weighs 9lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features abalone/pearloid split block inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is practically perfect. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the locking nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width, holding steady against dynamic dives at the Pro Rock’r tremolo. On the headstock, the Ibanez Smooth Tuner II tuning machines turn (as the name would imply) smoothly and hold pitch as intended.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with full-size Japanese pots that date to ‘83, and the control configuration includes a three-way pickup selector switch (Neck + Middle, All Three, Middle + Bridge), a Master Volume control, a dedicated Volume control for the middle pickup, and a Master Tone knob. The solid brass Sure Grip II knobs have ridged rubber grips for easy on-the-fly adjustments and swells, and there’s a light dusting of surface patina on the gold Pro Rock’r tremolo, which actuates smoothly and snaps quickly back to pitch from even the deepest dives.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to a handful of dings along the body perimeter, most prominent at the lower bout points, and a number of faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. Additionally, there’s a small area of targeted buckle wear largely on the plastic trem cavity cover. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
An SKB-brand molded hardshell case is included.