Here we have a smashing piece from Ibanez, a 1976 Destroyer from their Korina series. In 1975, Ibanez decided to produce their takes on Gibson futuristic 1958 designs, and the Destroyer was their version of an Explorer. The Korina Destroyer is most associated with Eddie Van Halen, who used it to great effect to get his “Brown Sound” on Van Halen’s first record. Though it was marketed as Korina, the wood itself is actually Sen, or Japanese Ash, that had been finished to resemble Korina. This is not a detriment to the instrument though, Sen has excellent sustain and a cutting mid-range bite. The pick-ups are Ibanez Super 70s, which were designed to sound like PAFs, and they really deliver with a massive sound when distorted.
Aside from a replaced bridge, this instrument is all original, including its “star tuners”. There is a finish crack where the neck meets the body, but the joint is nice and solid. There is also some extra routing under the pickguard, and the pick-ups, while original, have been removed and replaced at one point. To our tech's best guess, a previous owner likely put active pick-ups in the guitar and stored the battery in the newly routed cavity. Whatever the case, the Super 70s have been restored to their rightful place and the guitar is no worse for wear. There is also an extra screw hole peeking over the pick-guard, likely put there during the modifications above. The guitar does have plenty of bumps and dings, with the biggest cosmetic blemish being on the upper horn where there is some chipped paint. All in all, this guitar is a beast and is a pleasure to play; a must have for any Ibanez collector or Van Halen fan. Ships in a hard-shell case.
Weight: 9 lbs. 5 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
7/10 (very good condition) 1976 Made in Japan
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