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Original Ibanez Destroyer Pre-'Shark' Part II
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    Original Ibanez Destroyer Pre-'Shark' Part II

    Here is an ad I found on e-bay...http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=350254042505 Don't know if you guys can see this in this post-but go to e-bay and search for 'Ibanez Destroyer' and you will find this ad...
    Seeing this old Ibanez ad you can see how Ed thought he had a solid Korina guitar-because that is exactly what Ibanez advertised it as
    The more I learn about this guitar,the more I'm thinking I should abandon the Epiphone Explorer project and just buy a Gibson...Since it looks like Ed never used a Korina finished (or Korina wood for that matter) Destroyer and that THE guitar was probably all mahogany or Japanese Sen Ash then I would be doing much better by buying a Greco or a Gibson Explorer-Greco being made of Sen Ash and the Gibson being made of mahogany-The pickguard,electronics,and tuners would not need to be replaced and the neck joint would be right on...I might be in it for a $1,200 or so maximum...If I re-arrange an Epiphone I'm looking at maybe $500-hmmm...what to do...Whoa! Here's another ad I found on e-bay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=250360993665 This ad claims the guitar is solid mahogany! Jeez-you really can understand the confusion about this instrument-both from us obsessives and Ed himself!
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    Poor Ed was fooled, like the rest of us!

    I remember him stating in that Rosen piece, "See this guitar was made out of Korina, which is very rare. Now Ibanez makes them out of different wood & they sound like shit..."

    Little did Ed know...LOL.

    I think you should finish the Epi project.
    Those Epi Explorers & V's look the business!
    Just change the pups.

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    "Whaddaya mean it's not Korina??? But the Ad said...But...It is!"

    One thing we do know is that whatever wood it was, it sounded fucking unbelievable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unchainedguitars View Post
    I think you should finish the Epi project.
    Just change the pups.
    I agree. The Epiphone Explorers are well made and they are a great value for the money... I would upgrade the p/u's and electronics, though. I plan on getting one and doing just that very shortly!

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    Thanks for the feedback...I still don't know...It seems like a good deal for an Epiphone '58 Korina re-issue for $330,but that is without case...Gibson or Greco with all the right parts on it already with the correct neck joints and wood is starting to win

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbeaj View Post
    Thanks for the feedback...I still don't know...It seems like a good deal for an Epiphone '58 Korina re-issue for $330,but that is without case...Gibson or Greco with all the right parts on it already with the correct neck joints and wood is starting to win
    By the way,I'm NOT buying the Epiphone-definitely going to get a 70's Greco Destroyer-made in the same factory as the old Ibanez Destroyers-made with Japanese Sen Ash,(the original was either Sen ash or Mahogany)-looks identical to the various photos that have been posted of the white Destroyer,the post surgery 'Shark',and the Chris Holmes Destroyer from the WACF sessions-I can get a Greco Explorer/Destroyer for about $1,000 including shipping from Japan-pickguard and machines/electronics all correct...I'll probably still try replacing the Bridge pickup with an EVH model-Thanks to everybody! You have all really helped me find what I consider to be the closest I can get to "THE" guitar
    Last edited by garbeaj; September 22nd, 2009 at 12:40 PM.

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    So what do we agree on? IS the white guitar the same guitar as the shark?I think so!
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