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.
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:
Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson – United States Victor Entertainment
Gilbert and vocalist Freddie Nelson serve up an album of guitar-heavy rock in the vein of Queen and Mr Big. The album goes on sale in Japan on October 22 but no international release date is out there yet.
Jorn – Lonely Are the Brave Blistering Records
This is freakishly talented Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande’s fifth solo album. Lande has worked with acts including Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark (who had an incredible album called Burn the Sun), Don Airy, Russell Allen (Symphony X), Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) and Ayreon.
Paul Stanley – One Live Kiss (DVD) New Door Records
Solo concert filmed on Stanley’s ‘Live To Win’ tour, backed by the house band from the TV series ‘Rock Star’ (y’know, the show that found singers for INXS and the Tommy Lee/Jason Newstead/Gilby Clark vanity project ROCK STAR: Supernova). I haven’t seen this DVD but it’s sure to feature some killer playing from guitarist Rafael Moreira