Ibanez PS1 Mirror Ex Paul Stanley KISS

25.000 €

Few artists have succeeded in creating a visual identity that is instantly recognizable. In this respect, Kiss quickly became a master band. From their extravagant costumes to their make-up, they have fashioned an image that has built the collective imagination around spectacular, sensational rock. With this in mind, the guitars accompanied the stage armor from the outset, and received special attention. The legendary Mirror Ball (or cracked mirror), with its superbly cracked mirror surface, is inseparable from the flamboyant Paul Stanley.

The story of Paul Stanley's Mirror Ball Iceman embodies all the showmanship and showmanship displayed by the legendary Kiss guitarist. It was created in collaboration with Jeff Hasselberger of Ibanez, who remembers the guitarist's intention from their discussions. Stanley, always looking for ways to enhance his showmanship, imagined a mirror-covered guitar that would look as if it had been broken at the pickups, and whose shards could reflect the stage lighting like a disco ball. To create this effect, Hasselberger cut out pieces of mirror and hand-engraved them into the guitar's top at slightly offset angles to enhance the lighting effects. It took technical ingenuity to combine such sharp pieces with visual unity. Jeff Hasselberger congratulated himself on getting away without losing any fingers!

This exceptional guitar was played on stage during the 2017-2018 "Kissworld" tour. It's a direct witness to the guitarist's stage performance: the instrument displays many traces of play and wear marks, which hark back directly to Kiss' Dantesque performances. What's more, this Iceman features all the specifications of Paul Stanley's stage guitars: there's the famous strap on which the "KISS Kruise VIII" picks hang, ready to be grabbed. This guitar was notably played during the band's appearance on the final episode of 2018's America's Got Talent and on "Kiss Kruise VIII". Finally, it was signed on the body by Paul Stanley, who also wrote on the back "I was made for lovin' you / Dynasty 1979". An exceptional guitar, as impressive aesthetically as it is historically!

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Group : Kiss
Main guitar : Washburn signature
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In the United States, Kiss is much more than just a band: it is a religion, a cultural phenomenon of staggering proportions (their fan club, the famous Kiss Army, even has former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in its ranks). Each American has their story with Kiss, how they encountered the band’s music, how they went trick or treating in Starchild or Demon’s makeup for Halloween, and for many, even how they decided to learn to play an instrument when they first heard Kiss.

The members of the band invented the pyrotechnic show, and their mastery of merchandising is enough to inspire even the most venal of managers.

The co-founders, Gene Simmons (bass/vocals) and Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar/vocals), are the two pillars of the group. They were there in 1973 and are still there today for yet another farewell tour. The two form a hard rock duo like Lennon and McCartney, with a song-writing talent that is hard to deny, given how many of their songs have become lasting hits. Of the two singers, Paul Stanley is the one with the higher and bluesier voice, with an immediately recognisable timbre. His guitar playing is sketchy, but he has the secret weapon that most rock musicians dream of: a right hand born for riffs, capable of getting a whole stadium tapping their feet. Ace Frehley was the ultimate flamboyant soloist, while Stanley occupies the stage with his charisma and the big Marshall sound that he gets from his guitars.

Over the years, Paul has amassed a very fine collection, including a few sunburst models that he uses exclusively in the studio. On stage, we used to see him playing the Ibanez Iceman that remains closely associated with him, and then he switched to Washburn, who are currently making his excellent signature models. Platform boots are not included, but highly recommended.

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