I actually got this a month and a half ago for a potential rock project and needed an alternate for the Ibby lawsuit LP anyway. But being a black Ibby, it was crying for my usual modding ritual.
I used to always say that once I see an Ibanez Darkstone at a reasonable price, I'd snag it. The DN300 came along dirt cheap and I did just that. This is another instrument where my fetish for covered pickups were continuing. I first considered a pair of BKP Mules since my LP had them too, but suddenly changed my mind for a True Grit set instead. Of course having chrome pickups mean the chrome rings will look pretty bad. So in came black pickup rings.
Suddenly it looks like a much higher end instrument than what it used to be. Love the look of this fiddle now.
As for the guitar itself, the Darkstone series is more a hybrid of an Iceman and a Les Paul DC or Artist series than a traditional 24.75 scale guitar. Flat top, rear contour similar to an RG, a big chunky set neck and pretty damn heavy chunk of mahogany (other models have sapele, which I remember was much heavier). Pretty much a no nonsense lean rock riff machine. The True Grits are pretty fun as well. The bridge roars hard and the neck is like an angry fat mix of PAF and P90 tonality. Currently I've got it tuned to Eb or drop C# with 10-52s.
Definitely a fun instrument to just plug in and play away.