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The DMM1 is a solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2004. It is a signature guitar of Daron Malakian, guitarist and vocalist for the American metal band System of a Down.

The DMM1 signature model is based on the ICX series body which is a smaller version of the Iceman. Malakian had been using ICX models previously. All DMM1 guitars have graphics created by Daron's father, Vartan,[1] who also designed the cover art for System of a Down's double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize.[2]

The DMM1 features a mahogany body mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Components include a fixed bridge with a custom tailpiece and dual Ibanez Axis humbucking pickups with individual volume controls. Rather than a traditional toggle to select the active pickup(s), this model has a balance knob which allows the player to dial in just the right mix of the two humbuckers.

This guitar was a limited production model, with only 300 copies offered worldwide. Each copy was numbered on the headstock below the serial number.


Specifications for DMM1
Year(s) produced: 2004
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Korea
Finish(es): Custom finish
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Full Tune II fixed
Custom tailpiece
Knob style:
Speed (black)
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
22 / medium
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez AH4 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez AH3 (H)
2 volumes / master tone / balance knob
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)
DMM1 wiring diagram
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  1. Vartan Malakian background,, archived August 2009
  2. His son has got him covered; Gowing, Liam; March 2, 2006; Los Angeles Times; archived March 5, 2016
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