Originally Posted by mab8485
Arent explorer's set neck? I think the only neck through gibson makes is the firebird.
Thanks for pointing this out!!! I went into "Victor's House of Music" (New Jersey, rout 17, Paramus) today and tried out both guitars. So, I'm lookin' at the neck joint of the Gibson and then ask the sales guy: "Is this a neck through body or is the thing just glued on at the 16th fret?" (set neck?). yep, its glued right there! "Hmmm" I says!, "can that really hold the damn thing!?!?" -No reply from Mr. sales guy! Then I pick up the Ibanez Destroyer and immediately notice that the neck is bolted on! To me, the whole point of getting a destroyer/x-plorer ( being the strato'hollic that I am), was to have that solid connection between the body and neck (I'm thinking of that phenomenally fat sound VH got with his un-molested Destroyer on the first album).
Well, you just can't get the complete ark of how a guitar sounds by given them a spin around the block in some guitar show room. It takes months (at least for me) to really get what a particular guitars strong points are. This brings me to the pathetic little test that I put both the X-Plorer and Destroyer through. I did one of those extreme bends with the G string but hit the open high E string to see if it goes slightly flat from the added tension of the stretch on the other string. The X-Plorer went flat very slightly but the Destroyer pretty much held its ground. The sad thing is that, despite failing the "test", I still liked the classic shape of the Gibson and thought the new Destroyer was kinda gay looking (not that there is anything wrong with that!!)
However, what it comes down too is: Did they make Destroyers in the mid 70's with "neck through" or "set necks"? If they were set necks, than I'm all over the Gibson! -Is that pathetic or what?!?!? On a side note, I think both guitars are made of Mahogany, except the Ibanez has a maple neck
. As of late, I am quite thrilled with the tone of mahogany and am even more thrilled that mahogany has similar tone characteristics as Korina wood (obsessive VH fans will know the significance of this reference!). The funny thing is, I really don't care what kind of electronics either manufacturer puts in these things. I have a bunch of shit just waiting to be installed in the next victim that crosses the threshold.