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1984 Ibanez Destroyer II DT200 X series Vintage Electric Guitar Candy Apple Red


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Up for sale, a 1984 Ibanez Destroyer II model DT200 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Exceedingly rare with a Candy Apple Red metallic finish, the DT200 was introduced in '84 and only offered from 1984-85. Offered for sale exclusively within Japan and crafted at the Fujigen factory, the DT200 features a basswood body and one-piece maple neck. Fitted with the original humbucker pair (a Super 58 in the neck position, and a V-2 at the bridge), the visual appearance of the DT200 telegraphs the tonal intent of the instrument. While the Super 58 is more vintage-flavored in its tonal response and features Alnico III magnets, the V-2 delivers hot output and solid upper midrange, designed in the vein of Dimarzio's Super Distortion. Both humbuckers handle high gain with aplomb, and it's an extremely versatile pairing. Weighing 9lbs 2oz, this Destroyer is dialed in with fresh 9-42 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original flawless slender fretwire, and the guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", and the nut measures just shy 1 11/16" in width (1.655"). The Smooth Tuner Mini II tuning machines have clean gold plating and hold pitch well.

The electronics all function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone knobs fitted with the original deeply ambered Sure Grip knobs, a three-way pickup selector switch and additional three-way mini toggle. The gold hardware is positively gleaming on the vibrato unit and tuners, and the four-bolt neck plate has a March, 1983 serial number (although this model technically didn't see release until '84). The original protective clear plastic is even still intact on the rear control cavity and switch covers, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen in the last nearly 40 years. The metallic gloss Candy Apple Red finish is positively stunning, with subtle metalflake and wear limited to one large touched-up finish chip on the treble side body point, and only a few additional tiny nicks and finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth semi-gloss finish.

The original form-fit Ibanez-branded faux leather gigbag is included.