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Cracked Mirror Iceman

Paul Stanley

Not on view

Paul Stanley of the band Kiss collaborated with Jeff Hasselberger at the guitar company Ibanez to create this instrument. Stanley, always seeking ways to elevate his showmanship, envisioned a mirror-covered guitar that looked like it was smashed at the pickups and whose shards could reflect stage lighting like a disco ball. To create the effect, Hasselberger cut pieces of mirror glass and inlaid them by hand into the guitar’s top at slightly offset angles. Stanley played the instrument in live performances with Kiss in 1979–80 and again in 1996–97.

Technical Description:

Mahogany body and neck, ebonized rosewood fingerboard; 24¾ in. scale; inlaid mirror glass top with ivoroid and abalone binding; set neck with acrylic and abalone block inlays, "Paul Stanley" inlaid at 22nd fret, and ivoroid binding to fingerboard; headstock with inlaid acrylic Ibanez logo and ivoroid binding; three-way pickup selector, two EMG humbucking pickups, two volume controls and one tone control; chromed steel & brass bridge, tailpiece, and tuners, black plastic knobs, silver pickguard

Cracked Mirror Iceman, Ibanez, Mahogany, maple, ebony, chrome, steel, mirror-glass, abalone, acrylic, plastic

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Courtesy of The Victoria and Albert Museum. Given by Kiss via Press Office Ltd.