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8th January 2013

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Epiphone® Instruments have announced the release of its Limited-Edition Tommy Thayer 'Spaceman' Les Paul Standard Outfit. Designed by Kiss rocker Tommy Thayer, the one-of-a-kind instrument is finished in an eye-catching Silver Flake color and equipped with Gibson USA 498T™ Humbucking pickups, Grover™ Deluxe tuners and the LockTone™ bridge/tailpiece system.

Each 'Spaceman' guitar includes a custom silver hard case and hand-signed certificate of authenticity denoting a production run of only 1,000 guitars.

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"I want to introduce to you the Limited-Edition Tommy Thayer 'Spaceman' Les Paul Standard Outfit," said Thayer. "Having my own signature Epiphone Les Paul guitar is something I've dreamed about for a long time. It's important for me to put my name on a professional guitar for serious musicians that sounds great, looks amazing and is affordable."

The 'Spaceman' features world-famous Gibson 498T™ Humbuckers with a covered 498T™ in the neck position and an open coil, double black bobbin Gibson 498T™ Humbucker in the lead position to create the unmistakable Les Paul sound. The hand-set neck delivers outstanding string-to-body resonance while the medium-jumbo frets add to the smooth and sustained tone.

The top features a beautiful Silver Flake color finish and a black gloss finish on the back, sides and neck. The classic clipped dovewing headstock features a 60s style 'Epiphone' in silver, 'Tommy Thayer' on the bell-shaped truss rod cover and 'Les Paul SPACEMAN' in silver lettering underneath Les Paul's iconic signature. A sleek black pick guard completes the modern look.

Thayer worked closely with Epiphone's President Jim Rosenberg on every detail of the design. "Tommy has been a longtime fan of Epiphone guitars and wanted to be sure that his signature Les Paul was totally original and totally first class," said Rosenberg. "Tommy oversaw every last detail. We couldn't be happier with his Les Paul and we're thrilled he's already using it on Kiss' world tour."

The Limited-Edition Tommy Thayer 'Spaceman' Les Paul Standard Outfit comes with a retail price of U.S. MSRP $1,165.00.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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