Ibanez Destroyer Models: DT-520 / DT-520G / DT1G / DT2G
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2013 DT-520FM CRS

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2013 DT-520 BK

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2013 DT1GFM VS

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2013 DT-520G (DT2G) CA

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Status: Known
Model: DT-520 / DT-520G / DT1G / DT2G[1]
Line: DT/X-Series[2]
Serial Number Format: fyymmpppp[3]
Machine Heads: unknown
Neck Composition: 1-piece Destroyer Mahogany
Neck Type: Set
Fingerboard Composition: Rosewood
Fret Count: 22
Scale (inches): 24.7" (628mm)
Body Composition: Flame Maple top on Mahogany (DT-520FM, DT1GFM)
Mahogany (DT-520, DT-520G, DT2G)
Binding (H / N / B): Y / Y / Y
Number of Pick-Ups: 2
Pick-Ups by Position (N / M / B): DiMarzio Air Norton™ / x / DiMarzio Tone Zone™
Bridge: Tight-Tune
Tail: Tight-Tune
Controls: (2) Volume
(1) Master Tone[4]
(1) 3-way Toggle
Control Knobs: Sure Grip III
Hardware Color: Chrome (DT-520FM, DT-520)
Gold (DT-520G, DT1GFM, DT2G)
Finish(es): Black (BK - DT-520)
Candy Apple (CA - DT-520G, DT2G)
Cherry Red Sunburst (CRS - DT-520FM, DT1GFM)
Vintage Sunburst (VS - DT1GFM)
Market: East[5]
Year of First Catalog Appearance: 2014
Catalog Appearances: 2014 Full Line Catalog for USA
2015 Full Line Catalog for USA
2016 Full Line Catalog for USA
Comments: none
[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] the production Serial Number Format for this model is different than the Serial Number Format for the pre-production sample DT-520s. The Serial Number Format for this production model is fyymmpppp where:

f = factory of manufacture
yy = last two digits of the year of manufacture (e.g.: 13 = 2013)
mm = month of manufacture (e.g.: 01 = Jan, 02 = Feb, ... , 11 = Nov, 12 = Dec)
pppp = 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: pppp is not the total number of guitars manufactured of this model.
[4] on the DT1GFM and DT2G models, the master tone control has a push/pull operation that provides a coil tap functionality.
[5] the targeted Market values are assumptions based upon anecdotal evidence of availability.

X Marks the Spot!
DT/IC X Series Traditional