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I had someone reach out to me about a Destroyer they have with a Modulus Guitars graphite neck.
Of course, my initial, knee-jerk reaction was: "Fake", "Frankenstein", "garage build"...you get the idea.
Did my due diligence anyway and started slogging around the Internet to see what I could find.
Surprisingly, I ran across several postings where people were asking about an Ibanez Roadstar they had with a Modulus graphite neck but no mention of a Destroyer.
Finally, on one forum, I hit pay dirt.
Jim Donahue posted this reply to someone asking about an Ibanez Roadstar they had with a Modulus graphite neck (typos are in Donahue's original response. Underlining and bolding are mine):
August 20, 2004, 11:42:02 pm
See now that is why I am so useful,
Only about 5 people know about this model and here is the story.
Rich lasner was friends with Modulus so he had some RS necks made by them and me and one other guy (Mark Berkert) installed them on stock Ibanez RS and DT models. Howver the cost for the Neck from Modeuls was around $150.00 on top of the list of $495.00 for the guitar so the price of the models was around $800.00 list and we only sold lke 5 of them.
One problem was no truss rod so the necks were over bowed (Back bowed) And many could not be played.
After about 6 months, I had to take all the necks off of the guitars that did not sell and switch them back to the standard neck.
For those of you unfamiliar with the names, Donahue was a long-time employee of Hoshino USA. Burkert (correct spelling) worked with Donahue. Lasner was the manager of guitar design and R&D with Hoshino USA from about 1984-1989. After Lasner left Hoshino USA, he worked for both Yamaha and Peavey before becoming CTO of Modulus Guitars from 1995-2003.
All of the Roadstars mentioned in the postings I encountered seem to be 1984-1986 models so the timeframe is right.
Here's the full thread for the above discussion:
and a similar thread with some really nice pcitures:
The photos clearly show a Modulus graphite neck that has a modified Ibanez logo on the headstock.
I reached out to Mark Burkert and he responded that he couldn't remember much but did say they made some Ibanez guitars for Stanley Jordan with a Modulus neck.
That syncs up well with this thread:
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