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1985 DT4550 BKFE 


TheDestroyerGuy is a fan site devoted to the free exchange of information relating to the various models of the Ibanez Destroyer electric guitar.


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The new 2014 DT420 TCH has been released. Get 'em while they're hot!




Wow! Lots of new Destroyers but the model numbers get a little bit confusing, so let's start at the beginning. The DT520FMCRS and the DT520BK were released first. Both have chrome hardware. Aside from having different colored finishes, the difference between these two models is that the "FM" model has a Flame Maple cap on the body.
Recently, two variants of the DT520 were released in the US, exclusively to the Guitar Center/Musician's Friend chains: the DT1GFM and the DT2G. These are versions of the DT520FM and DT520 that have gold hardware rather than chrome. The DT1GFM comes in either a Cherry Red Sunburst or a Vintage Sunburst finish. The DT2G comes only in a Candy Apple finish. The major difference between the DT1GFM/DT2G and the DT520FM/DT520 is that the tone control on the DT1GFM/DT2G has a push/pull operation that is a coil tap function.
If you look on the Ibanez (Japan) web site, you'll see what appears to be the DT520FMCRS, DT520BK, and the DT2GCA except the model numbers shown are DT520FMGB, DT520GB, and DT520GGB, respectively. After asking an authoritative source, it seems the "GB" designation denotes "gigbag", which would make the model numbers align for the DT520FM and DT520.
It was our understanding that the DT2G was exclusive to Guitar Center/Musician's Friend yet the Ibanez (Japan) web site is clearly showing it as a model DT520G.

A note on years: unless otherwise indicated, the years provided in the timelines below are the years each model first appeared in Ibanez marketing materials (i.e.: catalogs, flyers, brochures, etc).
Actual dates of manufacture may precede these catalog appearance dates.
6String Models
Three model numbers were reused: DT200 ( 1983/ 2004), DT400 ( 1980/ 1996), and DT420 ( 1992/ 2002/ 2012 sample/ 2014).
The second incarnation of the DT420 (2002) is a reissue of the second incarnation of the DT400 (1996).
The 2014 DT420 appears to be the same guitar as the 2013 DT520 but with a new finish and different pickups.
Known Models

1975: Mahogany Model 2459^{[1]}


1976: Model 2459


1980: DT50,
DT400 (first incarnation)


1982: DT300


1983: DT100,
DT150,
DT155,
DT200 (first incarnation),
DT500,
DT555


1984: DT355,
DT450


1985: DT250,
DT330,
DT350,
DT380,
DT4550


1986: DG350^{[2]},
DG351,
DG555^{[2]}


1992: DT420^{[3]} (first incarnation),
MED320^{[3]}


1996: DT400 (second incarnation)


2001: DTX120


2002: DT420^{[3]} (second incarnation)


2004: DT200 (second incarnation)


2009: DTT700


2011: GDTM21 Mikro^{[3]}


2013: DT520 / DT1GFM / DT2G^{[3]}


2014: DT420^{[3]} (third incarnation)

Known Samples
What is a "sample"?
A sample is a preproduction edition of a guitar, usually a oneoff, that is used as a demonstrator within HoshinoGakki to determine whether that particular design will become a production model. Model samples may vary by hardware configuration or by something as trivial as having a different colored finish. Samples may also be used as demonstrators at trade shows to advertise an upcoming product prior to its release.
Speculative Models (urban legend)
Unknown Models: We need your help identifying these models
Similar Models (not Destroyers)
Bass Models
[1] 
the Model 2459 prototype was created for the 1975 Summer NAMM in Chicago, IL, USA (Ibanez  The Untold Story, Specht, Wright, and Donahue, 2005, Hoshino (U.S.A.) Inc, ISBN: 0976427702, pg 73, inset).

[2] 
note the model name changes in 1986 from DT350 to DG350 and from DT555 to DG555.

[3] 
the following models did not appear in any known marketing materials so the years provided are from actual dates of manufacture: 1981 DT700, 1984 DT650, 1992 DT420, 1992 MED320, 2002 DT420, 2011 GDTM21 Mikro, 2011 DTB100, 2013 MDB3, 2013 DT520 / DT1GFM / DT2G, and the 2014 DT420.



