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Ibanez Explorer Guitars

The Ibanez Explorer is actually just an Explorer shaped guitar. It is actually called the Ibanez Destroyer. It has been reviewed over at Ultimate Guitar as well as a few other guitar forums around the internet.

These guitars are fairly common but I've never personally owned one. I do have a friend who gigged with his sunbuurst Destroyer, and never uttered a discouraging word (if you know what I mean).


Ibanez Explorer Shaped GuitarThe Ibanez Destroyer is considered to be an Explorer copy. It mimicks the shape of the Gibson Explorer so much that it has fooled or confused many an accomplished musician.

The Destroyer was well represented by professional rock bands in their hey-day. The most notable of these celebrities is of course, Phil Colen from def Leppard. His black and white Destroyer lives on forever thanks to its sound and the music that was created with it.

Many fans of the band, including musicians, commonly refered to this particular guitar as Phil Colen's Explorer, not realizing there was not an ounce of Gibson in that weapon.

The guitar itself is well built, sturdy, and able to survive decades of hard rock. This is the impression I get from reading reviews splattered all over the web. In general, it seems guitarists have nothing bad to say about the guitar in terms of the action, sound, and feel.

If you visit ibanez.com for the latest info on their current models, you will notice the Destroyer is absent form their product line. It seems an Explorer copy is not available from the kings of monster guitars, maybe that will change in the future, we'll have to wait and see.

This is all the specific info I have right now but if you'd like to add to this description I'd appreciate any information sent to me right here. I'm looking for descriptions, pictures, production years, availablilty, and that sort of info. If you can help out, please do.

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