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New  We have made minor corrections regarding the style of control knob on the pages for the DT-50DT-300DT-355DT-400 (first incarnation),  DT-670DT-6750, and  DT-870.



New  The sen Model 2459 page has been updated with a new image and information.



We have made another minor content change to the DT-380 page.



The Showin' Off page has been updated with some new beauties.



We have made minor content changes to the DT-380 page.



The serial number decoder is now back online.



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A big TDG "Thank You!" to Lucian who turned us on to the release of the DT-425.



We have added an image to the DTX-120 page showing a Cherry Sunburst finish.



We have added some images at the bottom of the DT-380 page showing the alternate Red Sun graphic finish. Thanks, Maggie. Sorry it took so long.



We have finally gotten the backlog of images posted to the Showin' Off page. Apologies to everyone who has been waiting for sooooo long.



The sen Model 2459 page has been updated with new images and information.

Latest Releases

A brand new Destroyer model is due to be released in late May 2015: the DT-425. It appears to be a variant of the DT-520/DT-420 models. The major difference appears to be the Tune-O-Matic bridge has been replaced by a Gibraltar bridge with a sustain block and the tailpiece has been changed from a Tight Tune to a Quik Change. Unfortunately, it appears the DT-425 will only be available in Japan.



A brand new Limited Edition Destroyer bass has just been released: the DTB-400. Grab yours before they disappear forever!



The new 2014 DT-420 TCH has been released. Get 'em while they're hot!



2015 - A brand new Destroyer model is due to be released in late May 2015: the DT-425. It appears to be a variant of the DT-520/DT-420 models. The major difference appears to be the Tune-O-Matic bridge has been replaced by a Gibraltar bridge with a sustain block and the tailpiece has been changed from a Tight Tune to a Quik Change. Unfortunately, it appears the DT-425 will only be available in Japan.

2014 - Wow! Lots of new Destroyers but the model numbers get a little bit confusing, so let's start at the beginning. The DT-520FM-CRS and the DT-520-BK 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 DT-520 were released in the US, exclusively to the Guitar Center/Musician's Friend chains: the DT1GFM and the DT2G. These are versions of the DT-520FM and DT-520 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 DT-520FM/DT-520 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 DT-520FM-CRS, DT-520-BK, and the DT2G-CA except the model numbers shown are DT-520FMGB, DT-520GB, and DT-520GGB, respectively. After asking an authoritative source, it seems the "GB" designation denotes "gigbag", which would make the model numbers align for the DT-520FM and DT-520.

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 DT-520G.

Timeline & Models

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.

 6-String Models 

Three model numbers were reused: DT-200 (1983/2004), DT-400 (1980/1996), and DT-420 (1992/2002/2012 sample/2014).

The second incarnation of the DT-420 (2002) is a reissue of the second incarnation of the DT-400 (1996).

The 2014 DT-420 appears to be the same guitar as the 2013 DT-520 but with a new finish and different pick-ups.

The 2015 DT-425 appears to be the same guitar as the 2013 DT-520 and the 2014 DT-420 but with a new finish, a new bridge, a sustain block, and a new tailpiece.

Known Models

 

   1975:    Mahogany Model 2459[1]
   1976:    Sen Model 2459
   1980:    DT-50DT-400 (first incarnation)
   1982:    DT-300
   1983:    DT-100DT-150DT-155DT-200 (first incarnation),  DT-500DT-555
   1984:    DT-355DT-450
   1985:    DT-250DT-330DT-350DT-380DT-4550
   1986:    DG-350[2]DG-351DG-555[2]
   1992:    DT-420[3] (first incarnation),  MED-320[3]
   1996:    DT-400 (second incarnation)
   2001:    DTX-120
   2002:    DT-420[3] (second incarnation)
   2004:    DT-200 (second incarnation)
   2009:    DTT-700
   2011:    GDTM21 Mikro[3]
   2013:    DT-520 / DT-520G / DT1G / DT2G
   2014:    DT-420 (third incarnation)
   2015:    DT-425[3]

 

Known Samples

 

What is a "sample"?

A sample is a pre-production edition of a guitar, usually a one-off, that is used as a demonstrator within Hoshino-Gakki 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.

   2012:    DT-420GFMDT-520FM

 

Speculative Models (urban legend)

 

   ????:    DT-388DT-480DT-550

 

Unknown Models  We need your help identifying these models

 

   1983:    Mystery 6-String
   1985:    Mystery 6-String #2

 

Similar Looking Models (not Destroyers)

 

   2007:    Arondite ADD-120

 

 Bass Models 
   1976:    Sen Model 2459B
   1981:    DT-700[3]
   1983:    DT-600
   1984:    DT-650[3]DT-670DT-870
   1985:    DB-700DT-6750
   1986:    DB-800
   2011:    DTB-100[3]
   2013:    MDB3
   2014:    DTB-400[3]

 

Known Samples

 

What is a "sample"?

A sample is a pre-production edition of a guitar, usually a one-off, that is used as a demonstrator within Hoshino-Gakki 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.

   2013:    DTB-500

 

Footnotes
[1] the mahogany 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: 0-976-4277-0-2, pg 73, inset).
[2] note the model name changes in 1986 from DT-350 to DG-350 and from DT-555 to DG-555.
[3] the following models did not appear in any known marketing materials so the years provided are from actual dates of manufacture: 1981 DT-700, 1984 DT-650, 1992 DT-420, 1992 MED-320, 2002 DT-420, 2011 GDTM21 Mikro, 2011 DTB-100, 2014 DTB-400, and the 2015 DT-425.

 

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