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I put this clip together for those who might be curious to hear what an actual 1976 Ibanez Destroyer sounds like today through the PODxt. The wiring is very old so there is allot of rawness and crackling. This is what Ed's legendary "Shark" guitar was before he chopped it up. There are very spooky echoes of Ed's early sound in this guitar. Even with a fractured neck this guitar sounds magnificent. I love that toggle thing at the end of the solo. I used to think it was feedback that was causing the note to change, but it is actually the sound of the toggle resonating with the strings. In that last take the toggle broke! It was a 30 year old vintage switch, damn!!

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Nice...dirty tone. Look to the right of this pic and you'll see that's my friend had at the time. Thing is this wouldn't be classed as a Destroyer over here strat; that was just an Explorer copy. The Destroyer has slightly different shark-tail design on the body. I'll see if I can find a pic from an Ibanex ad. :thumb:
 

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Nice...dirty tone. Look to the right of this pic and you'll see that's my friend had at the time. Thing is this wouldn't be classed as a Destroyer over here strat; that was just an Explorer copy. The Destroyer has slightly different shark-tail design on the body. I'll see if I can find a pic from an Ibanex ad. :thumb:
Thanks Wahwah. Yes, these were explorer copies but apparently they were built much better than the Gibson's of that time. Allot of people refer to these old Ibanez guitars as "lawsuit" models because Gibson sued Ibanez for copy right infringement. I think their tone was unique because they were made of Japanese Ash, though Ed made this guitar famous because he thought it was korina. These guitars have a "korina finish" (honey colored lacquer) only. Nobody has actually seen one of these old Destroyers that was made of solid korina. Even that shot of your buddies guitar is Japanese ash (I saw that picture in one of your other posts and was drooling over it).:yumyum:
 

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there is something so aggressive about your playing that I really love. I never cared to much for EVH's style (Did I say that out loud? :lol: ) but I really rate yours. great stuff. oh and nice guitar too :thumb:
 

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Strat, I guess your intention was to demonstrate the Ibanez Explorer tone, but I think you failed miserably because the only thing I could focus on was how fucking incredible you played that tune! You did it better than Ed could have ever done it. :thumb: I'm listening for the third time as I write this!
 

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This kills, bro!!!!:jam: You are without a doubt one of my fav players!!!:bowdown: I almost bought one of th "lawsuit" V's...the Rocket Roll I think it was called. I still regret not buying it...I bought a Gibson RD Artist instead.:rant:
 

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Yeah, shit I could have picked up one of these years ago for real cheap. I'm probably romanticizing this guitar a bit but there is something cool about playing a guitar that is 30 years old and is still as solid as a brick.
 

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Yeah, shit I could have picked up one of these years ago for real cheap. I'm probably romanticizing this guitar a bit but there is something cool about playing a guitar that is 30 years old and is still as solid as a brick.
It's funny you mention this about the age because since I got that Goldtop Wolfgang (which can't be more than 10 years old), my tone has been nastier...both heavy and for stuff I would normally do on the strat...wierd how they are double coil but I can get sleazy, dirty sounding single coil tones as well. I figure it must be the pups are just coming into their own now. :dunno:
 

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Totally smokin' rock and roll Strat78...........How many years have you spent studying Edward!? It's payed off big time!! :shock:
 

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Gotta agree with EJ Strat....your playing is stellar, that improv solo at the break would open Ed's eyes....Son of Bitch that is EXCELLENT fretwork! The guitar sounds great......but what you are really demonstrating (aside from the fact that you play it better than Ed himself) is the power of the POD and someone that knows how to use it.

Nice bass playing also!

This is one of the main reasons I love this site....I can hear KILLER guitar playing like nowhere else!

REWIND.....SAVE AS......EARLY VH STANDARDS FILE:thumb::thumb::thumb:
 

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It's funny you mention this about the age because since I got that Goldtop Wolfgang (which can't be more than 10 years old), my tone has been nastier...both heavy and for stuff I would normally do on the strat...wierd how they are double coil but I can get sleazy, dirty sounding single coil tones as well. I figure it must be the pups are just coming into their own now. :dunno:
Yes, well said wahwah! I left the original pups in the bridge position of the Destroyer and took the neck pup out and put it in my favorite strat (wait till you hear how lurid that thing sounds!).I think the magnets must get a little weaker over the years which somehow opens them up tonally for some real grit and bite. I think with this Destroyer, a little more pre-amp might smooth things out a bit but for now I'm digging the raunchiness. Here is one of the original hang tags that came with the guitar:
 

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Nice bass playing also!
Thanks VH!!!! Its funny because I spent many MANY hours programming the drums and then trying to lay down a convincing bass track. So after that was done I really wanted to do something nice and polished on the guitar but had to settle for this take because my Fiance was going batty having to listen to me try and get those squeals just right (I have ruined every VHI song for her by playing them over and over). :toothless
Yes, these PODs are truly a miracle. For one thing, I can sit here dead to everyone ells in the house while playing my guitar, meanwhile this huge stadium sound is coming through the headphones.
 

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If ya need that original switch.... holler.
Thanks VB! So here is a shot of the broken old toggle. I'm very upset about this because it had a really nice feel and sound to it. Are there replacements for this boxy type off toggle? Another question for you is regarding those dings which are behind the tail piece. I have seen these dings on other old guitars in the exact same spot. Perhaps someone at one time had some sort of trem device on there?
 

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I spent many MANY hours programming the drums and then trying to lay down a convincing bass track.
What are you using for drums and bass?
 

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What are you using for drums and bass?
I'm using an old Roland R-8 Rhythm composer (15 years old?) and a very old cut up and glued back together fender precision bass with only the first five frets in place.:toothless
 
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