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The DT555 is a Destroyer series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1983.

The DT555 features an Explorer-style basswood body with birch top and ivory binding mated to a set-in 3-ply maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearloid and abalone split block position markers. Components include a trio of Ibanez V2 humbucking pickups, solid brass Sure Grip knobs and Smooth Tuner II machine heads. The pickups are wired such that the 3-way toggle controls which of the outside pickups are active (neck/ both/ bridge) and volume for these pickups is controlled by a single control. The second volume control allows the center pickup to be blended in with any combination of the other two. A single tone covers all three pickups.

The initial DT555 for 1983 came equipped with a Hard Rocker Pro synchronized tremolo bridge. Sometime in mid 1984 the Pro Rock'r double locking tremolo system with a Top Lok string lock behind the nut was substituted.

The DT155 is a similar model with different components.

Although the DT555 was not officially designated as a signature model it has been closely associated with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. Collen appeared with the guitar in Ibanez catalogs and promotional materials.

The DT555 was discontinued after 1985. It was replaced for 1986 by the Edge tremolo equipped DG555.


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Specifications for DT555
Model name: DT555
Year(s) offered: 1983–1985
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood w/ birch top & ivory binding
Neck joint:
1983–1984: Hard Rocker Pro tremolo
1984–1985: Pro Rock'r tremolo
Strap buttons:
Dead end
Knob style:
1983: Solid brass Sure Grip
1984–85: Solid brass Sure Grip II
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl/ abalone split block
1983–1984: Graphite
1984–1985: Graphite w/ Top Lok II
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner Mini II
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V2 (H)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez V2 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V2 (H)
Volume for neck and bridge / volume for middle pickup / master tone / 3-way toggle (neck/ both/ bridge)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional images & details
1985 DT555 BK
1985 catalog image
1983 DT555 BK
1983 catalog image
Wiring-diagram HHH 3-way 2VT DT155
Wiring diagram