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Tommy Thayer with his Electric Blue Les Paul

Tommy Thayer with his Electric Blue Les Paul

Kiss Guitarist Tommy Thayer Releases Signature Epiphone

by Tim Cashmere on December 5, 2019

in News

Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer has released the ‘Electric Blue’ signature Epiphone, his third for the guitar giant.

The guitar dazzles with a custom-made sparkling blue paint and blue hardware. There is no doubt this guitar was made to hit the stage.

It is Thayer’s third signature guitar for Epiphone. The first was a “white lightning” Les Paul, then came the Explorer.

“It looks great on stage because, you know on a Kiss stage, something like this with the outfit and everything, it really projects,” Thayer said. “It’s a great Kiss guitar.”

“The great thing about being in Kiss and putting out signature guitars is that a lot of fans will buy them just to collect,” Thayer admitted. “They might build a shadow box around it because I’ll sign it, but they’ll just put it with their Kiss collection with their other Kiss guitars.”

But what if you’re not just a Kiss collector?

“I think it’s a good guitar for somebody who’s starting to play guitar,” he said. “They’re kinda taking it to the next step where they want a more professional instrument than whatever they started with. This is a good place to go because it is affordable, it’s not a super expensive guitar… how can you go wrong with all these great parts? It’s a great sounding guitar and it’s well put together.”

Get ready for some nerdy details.

The guitar features a classic Les Paul-shaped mahogany body with a maple cap and Les Paul Custom-style white and black binding. There is a 60s SlimTaper mahogany neck with an Indian Laurel fingerboard and Les Paul standard trapezoid inlays. You’ll find Tommy’s name engraved on the bell-shaped truss rod cover and his signature on the back of the “dovewing” headstock next to a “SpaceMan” logo. Hardware includes custom blue top-hat knobs with metal pointers and Grover Rotomatic tuners.

For those of you who want the really nerdy stuff, the neck has a 24.75″ scale, a 12″ radius, 22 medium frets and a 1.69″ Graph Tech nut. You’ll find Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers, including the original hot-rod humbucker – one of Seymour Duncan’s earliest designs.

Tommy Thayer has been a permanent member of Kiss since 2002.

Check him demoing the guitar below.

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