NAMM: Washburn Time Traveler Series


Still have a couple of bucks left over after buying up a crate of KISS ice-cream? Well this guitar is probably the greatest KISS-related tie-in ever, and it’s the kind of thing that you don’t need to be a huge mega KISS fan to appreciate: the Washburn Limited Edition Time Traveler series. Taking some cues from the Gibson Firebird but going in a different direction, the Time Traveler, features Seymour Duncan mini humbuckers, Buzz Feiten Tuning System and very impressively applied ageing. These guitars attracted a lot of attention at NAMM, regardless of their connection to KISS and Paul Stanley: folks were just digging the fact that they were killer guitars.


Here’s the press release.

Washburn Guitars Presents the Limited Edition Time Traveler Series

Chicago, February, 2013 – Washburn Guitars is proud to introduce the Time Traveler series with the model PS2012R, a classically inspired guitar for the ages. Designed in conjunction with Paul Stanley of Kiss, the Time Traveler guitars are hand crafted and aged to look, feel and play as if they’re 40 years old.

Built in the Washburn USA Custom Shop, these limited edition Time Traveler models utilize premium woods and components for incredible tone and unmatched playability. Each guitar feels and plays as if it were a worn and well broken in old friend. No two are alike, making each one a collectible in its own right and a Certificate of Authenticity is included with each. The Aged Nitro Cellulose finish is available in 4 colors, Pelham Blue, Polaris White, Golden Mist and Cardinal Red.


The PS2012R features a mahogany body with a carved raised center and a 3 ply aged white/black/white pickguard with aged Starfire logo. A mahogany set neck sports a bound ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and custom pearl/abalone split block inlays. The reverse headstock is accentuated by a similarly shaped trussrod cover with aged Starfire logo. A bone nut adds sustain and helps prevent string binding. Premium aged nickel Grover 18:1 tuners provide smooth, stable tuning and the Buzz Feiten Tuning System ensures perfect musical intonation. An aged nickel Tone Pros tune-o-matic bridge is combined with a custom aged tailpiece machined from solid aluminum for ultimate tone transfer and sustain.

Seymour Duncan SM-3 mini humbuckers were chosen for their ability to produce a sparkling clean vintage tone yet have the output to drive the front end of classic amps into full overdrive and sonic nirvana. A 3-way selector switch and separate tone and volume controls provide a wide palette of selectable tones.

The PS2012R will retail for $8,665.33 and includes a beautiful aged custom hardshell case.


Washburn Guitars is owned by US Music Corp, located in Buffalo Grove, IL. US Music Corp is an international music company that manufactures and distributes products worldwide under Washburn Guitars, Parker Guitars, Oscar Schmidt, Eden Electronics, Randall Amplifiers, Marshall Amplifiers, Hagstrom, Jay Turser, Warwick, Natal Drums, Framus, Quik Lok, and Profile brand names. US Music Corp is a subsidiary of Jam Industries, Ltd.

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Washburn Time Traveler