Earlier this year Epiphone launched the Limited Edition Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit, a very cool silver flake Les Paul kitted out to Tommy’s specs and sporting a pair of Gibson USA Gibson 498T humbuckers and sporting some cool bonus stuff as well. These guitars have now sold out (Allans Music have one listed as in stock if you’d like to try your luck) and now were left with the question “What next?” At the end of the press release below, Epiphone states “Visit Epiphone.com for more news on Epiphone, Tommy Thayer, and possible future runs of the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit.” If there are future runs, I think it’d be great to see new designs based on some of the other guitars Tommy uses live with KISS. What do you think? Leave a comment! Here’s the press release:
Epiphone Sells Out of Limited Edition Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul
Tommy Thayer Signature Les Paul a huge hit with KISS fans
In January 2013, Epiphone kicked off its amazing 140th Anniversary year with the release of the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit, a one-of-a-kind collaboration with KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. Today Epiphone announced that they have “sold out” of the limited run of 1,000 Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Pauls to their retailers worldwide.
“Working with Tommy has been a highlight of our anniversary year,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “We’re delighted that Tommy’s signature Les Paul took off so quickly with fans. And the recent news that KISS has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes this “sell out” all the better. We hope to work with Tommy again in the very near future on another signature guitar run.”
The “Spaceman” features world-famous Gibson 498T™ Humbuckers with a covered 498T™ in the neck position and an open coil, double black bobbin Gibson 498T™ Humbucker in the lead position to create the unmistakable Les Paul sound. The hand-set neck delivers outstanding string-to-body resonance while the medium-jumbo frets add to the smooth and sustained tone. The top features a beautiful Silver Flake color finish and a black gloss finish on the back, sides and neck. The classic clipped dovewing headstock features a ‘60s style “Epiphone” in silver, “Tommy Thayer” on the bell-shaped truss rod cover and “Les Paul SPACEMAN” in silver lettering underneath Les Paul’s iconic signature. A sleek black pick guard completes the modern look.
“Having my own signature Epiphone Les Paul guitar is something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” remarked Tommy Thayer. “It’s important for me to put my name on a professional guitar for serious musicians that sounds great, looks amazing and is affordable.”
Thayer worked closely with Epiphone’s President Jim Rosenberg on every detail of the design. “Tommy has been a longtime fan of Epiphone guitars and wanted to be sure that his signature Les Paul was totally original and totally first class,” said Rosenberg. “Tommy oversaw every last detail. We couldn’t be happier with his Les Paul and we’re thrilled that we’ll be seeing it on stage with Tommy for many years to come.”
Visit Epiphone.com for more news on Epiphone, Tommy Thayer, and possible future runs of the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit.
Celebrating its 140th Anniversary throughout 2013, Epiphone is a leading innovator in musical instrument design. From its humble beginnings in Sparta, Greece in 1873 through its rise to fame on 14th Street in Manhattan, to its reemergence as a dominant force in musical instruments from its new headquarters in Nashville, TN, Epiphone instruments can be heard on a century of classic recordings. Today, Epiphone instruments are played on stages and in studios around the world. Epiphone artists include legends Les Paul, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Joe Pass, John Lee Hooker, The Who, and today’s top artists like Gary Clark Jr., Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Jack Casady, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Dwight Yoakam, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Slash, FUN., Matt Heafy, Alabama Shakes, Vampire Weekend, and Brendon Small. As part of Gibson Brands, Epiphone offers innovation, history, and the guarantee that their instruments can last you a lifetime.