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: Continue reading
Y’know what’s hilarious? Watching this video of Vinnie Vincent (hanging with KISS fans in full makeup in 1996) with the sound off while listening to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games.’ Try it!
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.
FAMILY GUY AND KISS COMBINE FORCES FOR A NEW, ROCKIN’ CONSUMER PRODUCTS LINE
Collaboration Kicks Off Co-branding Strategy That Will Pair Animated Franchise With Other Iconic Names
On their own, FAMILY GUY and KISS are two of the most recognizable names in entertainment. Today, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and KISS are proud to announce an upcoming co-branded FAMILY GUY/KISS product line that will hit shelves this coming fall. Moving forward, Fox Consumer Products and Kiss will look to create a line of co-branded merchandise inspired by other prominent guests from the show.
The FAMILY GUY/KISS line is an organic collaboration that taps into the band’s references within the show. So far, KISS has appeared three times on the series, providing viewers with insightful and hilarious nuggets that include Peter Griffin’s love for the band and the fact that Lois Griffin once dated KISS’ bass playing Demon, Gene Simmons before he became famous.
To support the program, Fox Consumer Products and Live Nation Merchandise, Kisses’ licensing agent, will be looking for partners in the following categories: vinyl figures, bobble heads, apparel, plush, novelty, barware, social expressions and fine art.
Y’know how KISS’s new album is going to be called Monster? And y’know how they just opened KISS by Monster Mini Golf in Vegas? Well I’ve been wondering… is the album called Monster because of some marketing arrangement with Monster Energy Drink or something? Just curious. Certainly wouldn’t put it past Gene Simmons to pull of such a marketing coup. If so, I wonder if it’ll set a trend. Will Ace Frehley put out a CD called Red Bull? Will Danzig’s next record be titled Fresh Step Cat Litter? Will the next Metallica album be called Tampax?
It’s the Les Paul that launched a million guitarists: the 1974 Cherry Sunburst three-pickup Gibson Les Paul used by Ace Frehley during KISS’s breakthrough era. The guitar, known as the Budokan Les Paul in honour of the historic Japanese venue where it was given one of its best-known public showings, left Ace’s stewardship a few years ago, and it was long since retired from the road. But now it’s back, in spirit at least, in the form of Gibson Custom’s new Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom. This limited edition instrument will be available in four versions: fifty signed guitars aged by Tom Murphy in the Gibson Custom Shop; one hundred aged (but not signed) pieces; a further 150 finished with Gibson’s VOS (Vintage Original Spec) process; and 1000 pieces of an Epiphone version which retains most of the design features of its Gibson big brother. Ace took some time to talk with I Heart Guitar about the new guitar, the 30+ year old classic it’s based on, and his future plans.
“It was my favourite guitar that I used pretty much exclusively through the 70s and 80s, I guess,” Frehley says of the original instrument. “I continued to use it even with Frehley’s Comet. I don’t even remember when I got it! It was some time around 1975, 76. I had three or four backups, but the particular one that they just released, which is called the Budokan guitar, it was always my favourite guitar, my number one. It just felt the best and played the best.”
Exhibit A: Above – My photo from NAMM this year (See the post here).
Exhibit B: Rotating images at the website for Vinnie’s guitar, from http://www.vinnievincentmodelguitar.com/
Exact same pic! All the reflections and shadows are identical. Vinnie, dude, if you wanted to use the pic I coulda given you the hi rez version! How about at least a credit or a link, huh? Professional journalist here with family to feed!
Here’s something for all you KISS fans: the official Vinnie Vincent guitar by Guitarmageddon Guitars.
Custom pickups and configurations are available by special order, and the guitar will be available in various models including a 6/12 string double neck and a 4-string bass. Special cases are also available to protect your chunk of rock power.
Here’s some more info:
Vincent John Cusano, a.k.a. Vinnie Vincent, presents, in association with Guitarmageddon Guitars, the world premier of the official Vinnie Vincent model guitar, to be unveiled at the winter NAMM international music industry trade show. Each Vinnie Vincent model guitar is handcrafted by Tom Palecki (Vincent’s only choice of luthier) from Vinnie Vincent’s original specifications of the very first classic prototype designed by Vincent, down to the very last minute detail. The result is sheer perfection, from its original double V body and headstock design and original classic colors, to its custom “V” abalone neck inlays and sleek neck design to insure complete comfort and ease in playing. Whether you’re a “slowhand” or “speedfreak,” “the boyz are gonna rock” with the official Vinnie Vincent model guitar, which offers the best of all worlds, from its exotic looks, comfort and ease of playability to its versatile pickup configuration, offering the most discriminating shredder a virtual cornucopia of sound from its rich warm tone to blistering overdrive.
After years in the making, all the elements came together to make possible the availability of this truly spectacular creation to all who have dreamed of owning this work of art. Not only is the Vinnie Vincent model fully authorized, but each Vinnie Vincent model guitar will be consecutively numbered and will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Vinnie Vincent.
For ordering information, pricing and availability, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Wow, it’s a big week for ex-rockstar axes being sold on eBay. First Nine Inch Nails offload an arsenal of axes, now this: The Washburn Black Diamond played by Paul Stanley at the 1999 Super Bowl. Rad!
Here are some details from the listing:
PAUL STANLEY`S PERSONAL AND HISTORIC WASHBURN BLACK DIAMOND No 9 – “THE SUPERBOWL GUITAR”
PLAYED ON 31 JANUARY 1999 AT THE SUPERBOWL XXXIII at the Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida
Comes with FULL and personalized COA and is also signed on the guitar back, and well documented in both rock and American History..
This is NOT just your typically signed limited edition guitar, This is Paul Stanley’s Personal and customised Black Diamond No 9, ONE OF A KIND, “Played” live in front of America and across the world
This is it…… This is KISSTORY ….this is THE SUPERBOWL GUITAR …….
SET UP TO SUIT PAUL STANLEY AND CUSTOMISED WITH THE UNIQUE SUPERBOWL PICKGUARD. PERSONALLY SIGNED AND DATED ON THE BACK PLEASE NOTE – THERE IS A NUMBER OF SMALL PERFORMANCE SCRATCHES ON THE BACK OF THE GUITAR CAUSED BY PAUL`S STUDDED COSTUME. AND SIGNING THE DATE OVER THESE HAVE CAUSED THE DATE TO RUN AND BLUR, HOWEVER THIS IS EXACTLY AS THE GUITAR WAS SIGNED.
EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION AND IS JUST AS PAUL HANDED THE GUITAR OVER
The Guitar has only been strummed a few time since !!!!
There were Only 3 guitars taken to the Superbowl. There were 2 backup guitars – one being the Green PS200 which is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The other is a black version which is in the BSG collection …. But there is only one Original
The Washburn Paul Stanley Model PS2000M Black Diamond Cracked Mirror #9 of 100. Is a Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck Ebony Fingerboard with pearl/abalaone/pearl block inlays. Buzz Feiten Tuning System, Seymour Duncan SH6 Distortion and a 59′ model in the neck. Multiple layer binding on body and headstock. This guitar originally had a list price of $10,000.00 and the first Guitars were sold for that price, and the run was never finished !!
THE CURRENT PS2000 “10th ANNIVERSARY” CRACKED MIRROR GUITAR RETAILS AT $9999.00
So you can see what a steal this piece of Kisstory actually is.
Comes with a custom G&C leather case with black crushed velvet lining made for the Limited edition Black Diamond.
You can see Stanley use the guitar in this video:
Alright stop! Collaborate and listen! Ace is back with a brand new invention! Ace Ace baby! Oops, sorry about that, just got carried away… Okay, unless you’ve been living under some manner of space rock you would be aware that the original KISS spaceman, one Mr Ace Frehley, has beamed back down to record stores with his first album in 20 years, Anomaly (CLICK HERE to buy it from Riot Entertainment). A lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge since Trouble Walkin,’ and Ace would probably be the first to admit that a lot of that was of the firewater variety. But here in 2009 Ace has been sober for three years, and he seems determined to make up for lost time.
‘Foxy and Free’ (the song contains a few sly references to Jimi Hendrix) opens with a chugging guitar riff and a tom-tom thunder that kinda reminds me of Alex Van Halen, before launching into a big classic hard rock verse. In true rock fashion we’re at the chorus by 37 seconds. Awesome. The production is reminiscent of that kind of early to mid 80s sound, with bright double-tracked guitars, reverbed drums and multi-tracked vocal takes. Two minutes in, we get the first guitar solo of the CD: a classic greasy Les Paul festival of blues licks. Awesome.
Track two, ‘Outer Space,’ tends to get lodged in my head at 4 in the morning. Some fans have reported taking a few listens to really get into this one, and while I liked it from the start I can sorta see what they mean, as I like it even more now. The guitar tone is a little more distorted here compared to ‘Foxy and Free,’ and the guitar riff behind the chorus vocal melody bridges the gap between T Bone Walker and Pantera. There are some cool atmospheric space sounds to tie the theme together, and lots of prototypical Ace double-stop pentatonic licks. The solo itself is a little raw and ragged, in the best possible way.
‘Pain In The Neck’ starts as a straightforward rocker with another cool distorted (as opposed to overdriven) guitar tone. The first half of the verse riff kinda reminds me of something from Van Halen’s 5150 album. The song takes a surprising turn in the middle section with a cleaner-toned, spacious, orchestrated section, before kicking into a classic rocked up Ace solo full of pinch harmonics, oblique bends, squeals, hammer-on/pull-off licks and heavy vibrato. Again, awesome.
Now for ‘Fox On The Run.’ Wait, what? ‘Fox On The Run?’ Really? Yep! Might sound like an odd choice at first, but once you hear the verse riff it’ll all make sense. Interestingly the verses make this track probably the most KISS-sounding thing on the album. Nice backing vocals too. Sweet solo too but it’s nowhere near long enough. Yeah, I’m a guitar geek, I want long friggin’ solos, okay?
‘Genghis Khan’ is mostly instrumental with the exception of the chorus, this one starts with a very processed, electronicy acoustic guitar sound before a much brasher, brighter electric tone comes in. Could be a Telecaster or the Gibson Reverse Firebird Ace mentions using. Certainly not a standard Les Paul tone. Ace takes the song through a lot of different sections and feels, but I dunno, it could use an instrumental hook in addition to the vocal one to just push it right over the edge for me. Great wah wah solo starting at 4:37 though.
‘Too Many Faces’ has more of the cool layered guitar tones that seem to be rapidly defining the CD for me. The drum sound on this one makes it sound particularly 80s, while Ace’s vocal delivery has a kind of George Harrison vibe, if not in voice then in cadence and direction. I kinda like the line ‘too many faces in the mirror looking back at me’ – obviously a reference to his previous job where he wore a lot of makeup.
There are a lot of songs out there called ‘Change The World’ but none of them have quite so nice a guitar tone as whatever the hell’s going on in this one. Throw on some headphones to appreciate its full majesty. Great drum performance too.
Now comes ‘Space Bear,’ my favourite song on the album. Ace opens this instrumental track up with a filthy, dirty, fuzzy, edgy, angry guitar tone. Almost like Link Wray’s ‘Rumble’ mashed up with Edgar Winter Group’s ‘Frankenstein,’ I’d say this one is destined to be rehashed on tennis rackets in bedrooms across the world for years to come, but all the kids play Guitar Hero now so they’ll probably all be jamming it out on that before too long, if the makers of Guitar Hero know what’s good for ‘em.
‘A Little Below The Angels’ is a predominantly acoustic folkish strummer about Ace’s battle with alcoholism. Parts of it could be considered a little corny but the sentiment is very heartfelt and it must be difficult to talk about this kind of stuff, so props to Ace for bearing his soul and getting himself together. ‘Sister’ features an awesome drum performance and a great heavy rock feel – another track that sort of sounds like it could have been recorded in the 80s, and one that demands to be utterly and thoroughly cranked to the edges of tolerable volume.
‘It’s A Great Life’ is packed with great semi-clean guitar tones with lots of atmosphere and a driving rhythm. I could hear this being a hit single, if not now then at some other time in the past when radio actually mattered. I think it’s pretty cool that Ace hid such a catchy track so far back in the album. On the ‘My trip’s over but I’ll just sit in the driveway til I get to the end of the CD’ scale, Anomaly rates about a 9 for me, partly on the strength of this track.
Anomaly closes out with ‘Fractured Quantum,’ another instrumental with some tasty acoustic overdubbage and some understated little guitar melodies. It’s a pretty relaxed way to round out the album, and feels like it belongs on a film soundtrack. Maybe a montage in a road movie or something like that. It finishes with a solitary guitar just drifting off into the distance, and with that we bid Anomaly adieu.