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Ibanez Destroyer model DT-4550

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1985 DT-4550 BK-FE

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The DT-4550 is a Black DT-450 with either of two special graphic finishes: Fire Engine (DT-4550 BK-FE) or Spider (DT-4550 BK-SP).

Status: Known
Model: DT-4550
Line: Destroyer II
Serial Number Format: myypppp[1]
Machine Heads: Smooth Tuner Mini II
Neck Composition: Maple 3-ply
Neck Type: Set
Fingerboard Composition: Rosewood
Fret Count: 22
Scale (inches): 24.75"
Body Composition: Flame Maple top on Basswood
Binding (H / N / B): ? / ? / ?
Number of Pick-Ups: 2
Pick-Ups by Position (N / M / B): V-5 / x / V-5
Bridge: Pro Rock'r with Top-Lok II
Tail: Pro Rock'r with Top-Lok II
Controls: (2) Volume
(1) Master Tone
(1) 3-way Toggle
Control Knobs: Brass Sure Grip II
Hardware Color: Gold
Finish(es): Fire Engine (Black with Flame graphic, BK-FE)
Spider (Black with Spider & Web graphic, BK-SP)
Market: East[2]
Year of First Catalog Appearance: 1985[3]
Catalog Appearances: 1986 Ibanez Profile Art Graphic Series poster[3]
Comments: this model is a Black DT-450 with either of two special graphic finishes: Fire Engine (DT-4550 BK-FE) or Spider (DT-4550 BK-SP). The DT-4550 also had an optional Zebra graphic soft case available.
[1] the Serial Number Format for this model is myypppp where:

m = month of manufacture (e.g.: A = Jan, B = Feb, ... , K = Nov, L = Dec)
yy = last two digits of the year of manufacture (e.g.: 85 = 1985)
pppp = the sequential production number for this individual guitar out of all Ibanez electric guitars manufactured during the specified month/year at a given factory

Note: pppp is not the total number of guitars manufactured of this model.
[2] the targeted Market values are assumptions based upon the geographic region or the language of the catalog(s) in which a given model appears. If a model appears in a Japanese language catalog, the Market is assumed to be East. If a model appears in an English language catalog, the Market is assumed to be West. Otherwise, geographic area such as North America or Asia determines the market designation of East or West.
[3] we believe the year (1986) associated with this poster on the Ibanez catalog web site may be incorrect for several reasons:
  • we had the poster's contents professionally translated into English and there are no dates anywhere on the poster
  • the last year of production for the DT-450 was 1985, not 1986
  • in 1986, tremolo units on any remaining Destroyer models were changed from the Pro Rock'r to the Edge. The poster clearly shows Pro Rock'r units
  • the poster states the DT-6750 has a 1-piece Maple neck. The DT-670 had 1-piece Maple necks in 1984 and 1985. In 1986, the necks were changed to a Maple 3-ply
Of course, the poster could be from 1986 and the DT-4550s started out as backstocked DT-450s from 1985.

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