DragonForce’s Herman Li Auctioning Off One-of-a-Kind Ibanez Prototype

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li is auctioning off a one-of-a-kind 2007 Ibanez prototype from his private collection on Reverb.com. According to Li, 100 percent of the proceeds of the auction will go to benefit the family of Cody Spiess, who was diagnosed with Crutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an extremely rare, terminal brain disease.

Li’s Ibanez is a pre-EGEN 18 TVF Prototype with an Edge bridge, which he says is the “only one like it ever produced.” The guitar was played on DragonForce's Ultra Beatdown album and on tour in 2008 to 2009. Recently Li also used the Ibanez to record solos on the latest DragonForce album, to be released in the fall of 2019. The guitar was recently professionally set up by the Ibanez Los Angeles Custom shop.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.