Washburn Paul Stanley PS-500

Solidbody / Production 1998 – 1999.

You may not know this, but Washburn is one of the oldest guitars brands, dating back to 1887, and in the late 19th Century its parent company Lyon & Healy was the largest musical instrument maker in America. The name comes from the founder partner George Washburn Lyon.

In the late 20th Century, under ownership of the Chicago based Fretted industries inc. now called Washburn International. The Washburn brand returned to prominence with models endorsed by heavy metal guitarists.

Paul Stanley, founding member and rhythm guitarist for the Rock band KISS, came over to Washburn in 1998 after a career of playing Ibanez guitars. In an iconic turn of events, a American company copied a Japanese guitar, and it was not just any model, it was the Ibanez Iceman, conceived as a sort of national guitar design of Japan.

Although the model only lasted two years, Stanley and Washburn got back together in 2006 for a new line of seven signature models, unfortunately none of which had the Iceman shape.


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