In this interview, Dave Keuning talks about his guitars, including his Ibanez Destroyer. He says, "I bought my Ibanez Destroyer from a guy I was in a band with and I still play it on stage and in the studio today. It sounds great, it looks great and almost everthing on our first album, Hot Fuss, is recorded on that guitar."more
According to an interview Dave gave at the 2015 NAMM, he played a Ibanez Destroyer at the time he joined Metallica in 1981. Our guess is that the guitar was brand new, since the Destroyer model was in fact released that same year following a lawsuit form Gibson against Ibanez for copying the design of their Explorer guitar. We only found one picture of Dave actually holding the guitar, and it seems that his model was finished in cherry sunburst, and had a maple top on mahogany body, maple neck with dot inlays, as well as Ibanez Super 58 humbucker in the neck, and Ibanez v2 in the bridge. It’s unclear what happened to this guitar in the post-Metallica period – he might’ve used it on some early Megadeth stuff, but we have no information that could point in that direction.more
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