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Ibanez DN500 Electric Guitar   

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The Ibanez DN500 Electric Guitar has the tools you need to wreak sonic destruction with a body shape all its own.Solid as a rock, the Tight-Tune brid...Click To Read More About This Product

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This member of the Darkstone Series is built for dishing out the hard-edged, clean sounds of modern hard rock.

The Ibanez DN500 Electric Guitar has the tools you need to wreak sonic destruction with a body shape all its own.
Solid as a rock, the Tight-Tune bridge and tailpiece were designed to lock down securely and prevent wobble or movement. Each saddle is locked into the base plate and the bridge is anchored by stud bolts into the guitar body. Studs are also locked onto the base plate for maximum transfer of string vibration to the body.

The PP1 neck and bridge humbuckers have tube pole-piece construction that offers quick response, sparkling clarity, and enhanced harmonics. A coil tap push-pull switch accesses single-coil mode adding more elements to your tone choices.

The DN500K's inset sapele neck and body deliver powerful sound and extended sustain.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • Ultra-stable Tight-Tune bridge and tailpiece
  • Tube pole pieces in pickups offer quick response and clarity
  • Coil tap switch extends tonal range
  • PP1-B bridge and PP1-N humbucker pickups with coil splitting and 3-way toggle switching
  • Sapele body and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays

DN500 Electric Guitar

  • Scale length 24.75"
  • Nut width 1.69"
  • Fretboard radius 12"

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IbanezDN500 Electric Guitar

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Comments about Ibanez DN500 Electric Guitar:

The finish is fantastic, the fret work is as good a s my Gibson and my Fender.The pickups grind out great metal tones but can also produce nice sparkle and super blues sounds when you split the
coil. I was especially surprised at the growl I got with the split coil front pup engaged. I own a Gibson and Fender ,this guitar gets more playing time then my american made guitars.My only complaint is that this guitar is HEAVY.The price makes this what I believe is one of the best values I have found.Buy this guitar just order a 4" wide strap to go with it because it's gonna pull on your shoulder.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar

By Rushnut

from MN

Comments about Ibanez DN500 Electric Guitar:

I have had many guitars over the years (Gibsons, Fenders, Carvins ect) and this one is as good as any of them. I have built isnstruments and know a little about finishes and I can tell you this one is outstanding. The fretboard detailing and binding are flawless. Pickups sound great and the coild tap is nice. The single coil sound isnt as bright as a Fender but very usable for country or blues. This guitar is capable of covering any style. If I have any complaints it would be that this is a heavy guitar similar to Les Paul or if anybody remembers the old ovation preachers.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


beats the rest!

By Jones7548

from Springfield, MO

Comments about Ibanez DN500 Electric Guitar:

i have owned many epiphone lp (customs, standards, and the 2010 tribute with gibson hardware and wiring, etc) and also a gibson les paul, and many ibanez and ltd and ESP guitars. this guitar has had the best quality control of them all. it stays in tune, the intonation is PERFECT (or as close to perfect as humanly possibly)!!!! (never thought i would be able to say that about a fretted instrument). tone was great with stock pickups. I ended up adding a Gibson 500t in the bridge for a little more power (i love the gibson tone and love explorers as well)It looks beautiful and has amazing bells and whistles (coil tap, binding, inlays, versatility, etc) This guitar has been one of my main guitars and will most likely stay in that position for many years to come. BUY THIS!!!!!!!!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Versatile, quality instrument

By Tone-monkey

from Austin, TX

Comments about Ibanez DN500 Electric Guitar:

The Ibanez DN500 "Darkstone" is not only a quality built, versatile and great sounding guitar. It's also damn sexy.The overall fit and finish of the guitar is extremely tight, and you can tell that, even though it's manufactured in China, they have some serious quality control in place. I was unable to find any blemishes in the finish at all.The neck-through design on this guitar is very comfortable - they've rounded off the entire area, which allows your hand to naturally move up the neck to the highest frets without obstruction. It's slightly thicker than a LP, but not as thick as a Strat, and I find it to be comfortable and easy to play. The action seems a bit high, even with the bridge lowered all the way, and the guitar strung with .11s. I may need to experiment a bit, but it looks to me like the saddles are a bit taller than normal, and that's making the difference. The fretboard is glass-like, and beautiful, and the quality follows suit with the rest of the guitar. Some of the frets were a bit rough upon arrival, but not so much that I needed a professional to condition them. A couple of careful swipes with some very fine grit sandpaper did the trick.The body is nice and thick, and has a completely flat face, with the only ergonomic contouring being found on the upper-rear of the guitar. While the flat face does make for a better look (in my opinion), it's not as comfortable as a guitar that is contoured, and I find myself noticing the edge pressing against my forearm after a couple of hours of playing. It's not bad, just there. The overall balance and weight are perfect if you like a substantial guitar. It hangs right where you put it, and it's about as heavy as a LP. The Sapele wood (a relative of mahogany) Ibanez used in this guitar feels dense, rigid, and durable, and the tone is gorgeous.The tuners feel tight, but not as fluid as Grovers. The bridge and tailpiece are the result of some thoughtful engineering, and are very easy to adjust while being fully lockable in every possible way. I would be surprised if other manufacturers didn't start releasing similar designs, as the DN500's hardware is just smart. I did have to set up the guitar since it arrived with all of the saddles cranked to the front of the bridge (really?!?), but truly, it was a snap.The new PP1 pickups are HOT. Luckily, they are also very clear and precise, and the coil-tap in the tone knob adds some versatility to your tonal arsenal. You don't get the individual pole adjustments like you would on a standard humbucker, but I don't find myself missing it either. Likewise with the universal volume and tone controls - you lose the individual pickup adjustments, but I find that I actually prefer the simplicity.Since the coil-taping feature adds some tonal variety, and with the overall quality and playability of the DN500, I can't find a whole lot of reasons not to recommend this guitar for most playing styles.

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