The new Paul Stanley Ibanez Iceman PS1DM is not subtle. But why should it be? The Kiss guitarist is hardly known for being subdued…
Ibanez Iceman PS1DM
Covered in 1400 rhinestones that make this Iceman guitar iridescently striking, it follows on from the purple cracked glass version we saw last October. I think if you get where Kiss is coming from as a band, then you will probably think this is brilliant. It looks really well-done and must have taken ages to do by hand. 1400 little fiddly rhinestones must be a nightmare to apply to a guitar!
The PS1DM has a mahogany body with maple top, three-piece maple neck is glued in place and has a bound ebony fingerboard with acrylic and abalone inlays. The hardware is all completely finished in chrome, unfortunately, the two humbuckers Seymour Duncan 59 in the neck position and Custom 5 in the bridge, were left open coil. The Ibanez designed Gibraltar Bridge features a built-in Sustain Block and the tailpiece from the Quik Change Classic model, plus the nut is half bone and half copper, which should make this guitar sustain in a pleasant way I would have thought.
With Ibanez’s Prestige fret edge treatment applied to a set of medium frets, I would hope this guitar will play beautifully, but to be fair all the models I have played with this fret treatment in the past have played exactly like that and this guitar should be no exception.
For a limited edition guitar it certainly has the ‘wow factor’ down, don’t expect it to be cheap though and expect to see them listed for $7999, which is pretty steep. For a high-end, quality Japanese built Signature model guitar it is priced about right, as I expect there won’t be huge numbers of this guitar made and as I mentioned earlier, it must have been a nightmare fitting all those bloody rhinestones…
RRP – USD 7999