There has never been an American rock and roll band like KISS, recognized around the world for their hard-rockin’ and spectacular stage show. Now, Epiphone is proud to present the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit, a beautiful Les Paul Standard in a one-of-a-kind Silver Flake color finish that’s worthy of KISS’s 21st century “Spaceman.”
Tommy Thayer’s life story is the classic tale of a musician who knew from childhood that his future was on stage with a guitar in-hand. Thayer has been part of the KISS family since 1985 as songwriter and guitarist, working behind-the-scenes at rehearsals and on studio demos. Finally, in 2002, Tommy became a full-fledged member, joining KISS on stage as the iconic “Spaceman” and giving the rock legends an explosive new sound and attitude. And now, the 21st century “Spaceman” has his own Les Paul Standard with Gibson 498T™ Humbuckers, Grover™ Deluxe Vintage tuners, and a custom silver hard case with a signed certificate of authenticity. And like Tommy himself, this Les Paul Standard “Spaceman” is one-of-a-kind, with a limited run of only 1,000.
Les Paul’s Dream
The history of the Les Paul Standard also began with a young man who always knew he was born to play guitar, the Wizard of Waukesha, Les Paul. In the early 1940s, Les, a longtime friend of Epiphone founder Epi Stathopoulo, worked late at night at the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City experimenting with a new idea–a solid body electric guitar that wouldn’t feed back but still had the classic lines of some of his favorite Epiphone archtops. Les’s early solid body guitar experiments like “The Log” and “The Klunker” eventually led to the iconic Les Paul Standard, a guitar that could, in Les’s words, “sustain for days.” Throughout his life, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone by reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions because, as he liked to say, “Epiphone always made a good guitar.”
Today, Les’s dream guitar, the Les Paul Standard, remains one of the most sought-after guitars in the world. And now, Epiphone honors one of modern rock’s greatest lead guitarists, Tommy Thayer, with one of Epiphone’s famous artist-inspired models, the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit.
Players such as Jimmy Page, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Alex Lifeson and countless others have loved the unique look, feel and tone of the classic Les Paul Standard. And now, Tommy Thayer joins the exclusive group who will accept no substitute when rock is on the line.