This is my #1. I wish the finish wasn't so darn ugly but the voice, the playability, and the way it just fits me to a tee overrules everything else. It's the Ugliest and best guitar I've ever owned.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Fazio's Frets and Friends
Made at the factory in Japan, Basswood body, Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5-way switching, H-S-H, Breed Pickups, Ugly bumpy back finish that grows on you, JEM body style, Floyd LoPro edge type bridge.
This may be the best playing guitar I've ever owned and I've had Strats, Tele's, SG's, and many more. The neck is wide, flat, and very thin front to back. You can set the action where you want it. I actually raised mine a little to give me more of a string edge for bending.
My two favorite pickups in the world are the Duncan Custom Custom and the Breed Neck and Bridge. This guitar comes with Breeds. Much darker and fuller than you would expect out of a guitar that looks like some Metalhead dreamed it up. If any guitar looked one way and sounded another this is it. It looks like the devil and sings like an angel. I would not modify this guitar at all. Of the eight guitars I currently own and play,(they're not wall hangings), this is my very favorite when it comes to the voice of the instrument.
I've had this guitar for about two and a half years now and have never had a problem with it. Stays in tune. Never a problem. Very reliable.
I had problems going back to my guitar after playing this thing because it was just so great. It's deffinately not a one trick poney.
The worst thing about these guitars is the price and trying to find one. I've heard that if you can't find a dealer with one in stock there is a three to nine month waiting list because Ibanez is always backordered on these guitars.
Model Year: 2001
Made in japan with a basswood body,jem neck, dimarzio Breed humbuckers, and a dimarzio single coil p/u in the middle, Lo Pro Egde trem, 24 fret neck, voleume,tone, and a 5 way selector switch, mirror pickgaurd, screwhead inlays.
The finnish looks like someone dripped black candle wax all over it but I like it.
It was set up pretty well from the factory. I think Ibanez has taken note of the complaints about the lack of quality controll lately.
It played like butter. Even with the action really low there was no fretbuzz and retained a very meaty sound.
The neck is really wide and flat so that takes some time to get used to if you've been playing gibsons or fenders.
I demoed the DBK at guitar center through a FlextoneII half stack and I must say it's one of the best sounding guitars I've ever played.
You can get a really great spanky sound out of the middle sing coil and that bell like tone out of the neck. No matter how much distortion you add cords are still articulated and of course it can scream like a banshee.
Kind of on the expensive side, but worth every penny if you want a high quality instrument that plays well and stays in tune. Excellent for solo/shred guitar playing. All around awesome instrument.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
High end ibanez stuff like the DiMarzio Breed pickups and low-pro edge tremlo system. The monkey grip is a nice touch.
You can low the stings as low as you want without buzz. Very fast gitar and medium frets are hardly noticeable.
VERY HOT guitar. Unbelievably loud. Can make sounds anywhere from thin and twangy to fat and raunchy.
The black gunk paint really hides scratches and nicks well. Haven't had a problem yet.