Ibanez Destroyer Model: DT-420 (second incarnation)
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2002 DT-420 CA (second incarnation, 1996 DT-400 reissue)

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Status: Known
Model: DT-420 (second incarnation, 1996 DT-400 reissue)
Line: DT Series[1]
Serial Number Format: myyppppp[2]
Machine Heads: unknown
Neck Composition: Maple 2-piece
Neck Type: Bolt-on
Fingerboard Composition: Rosewood
Fret Count: 22
Scale (inches): unknown
Body Composition: Basswood
Binding (H / N / B): ? / ? / ?
Number of Pick-Ups: 2
Pick-Ups by Position (N / M / B): Quantum-1 / x / Quantum-2 (QM-1 and QM-2)
Bridge: Gibraltar II
Tail: Quik Change II
Controls: (2) Volume
(1) Master Tone
(1) 3-way Toggle
Control Knobs: Sure Grip II
Hardware Color: Gold
Finish(es): Black Pearl (BP)
Candy Apple (CA)
Market: unknown
Year of First Catalog Appearance: none
Catalog Appearances: none
this model is a reissue of the 1996 DT-400. Visually, the two guitars are virtually identical with only minor differences to distinguish them:
  • the neck of the 1996 DT-400 is painted to match the body color whereas the neck of the reissue is unfinished
  • the neck of the 1996 DT-400 is 1-piece maple whereas the neck of the reissue is 2-piece construction
  • the serial number of the 1996 DT-400 has seven characters while the serial number of the reissue has eight
  • both the 1996 DT-400 and the reissue came in a Candy Apple finish but the 1996 DT-400 came with a Black (BK) finish whereas the reissue came with a Black Pearl (BP) finish
[1] beginning in the 1990s with the release of the first DT-420 and continuing today, it has become somewhat difficult to determine exactly to which line a given Destroyer model belongs: DT Series, EX Series, new X-Series, DTX Series, DTT Series, or Destroyer series. We have seen multiple sources containing seemingly contradictory information so, throughout this site, we are making the assumption that the DT Series is the parent series for all Destroyers manufactured since 1990 and that all other notations are sub, or child, series.
[2] the Serial Number Format for this model is myyppppp where:

m = month of manufacture (e.g.: A = Jan, B = Feb, ... , K = Nov, L = Dec)
yy = last two digits of the year of manufacture (e.g.: 02 = 2002)
ppppp = the sequential production number for this individual guitar out of all Ibanez electric guitars manufactured during the specified month/year at a given factory

Note: ppppp is not the total number of guitars manufactured of this model.