The Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul model from Epiphone will be made available later this month. Tommy says, “It’s based on a Custom Shop Les Paul that Gibson made for me. It has a Silver Sparkle top and it’s a straight-ahead Standard based on a 1959 to 1960 vintage. It’s got the same 498 pickups that I use onstage.”
According to Epiphone, the guitar features a solid mahogany body and a plain maple veneer top that deliver the classic tone and sustain that can only come from a “real” Les Paul. The 1960s SlimTaper “D” profile mahogany neck has a deep-set glued-in neck joint, a 24.75″ scale length, 22 medium jumbo frets, and a 1.68″ nut. Like all Epiphone Les Pauls (and unlike less costly designs), the limited-edition Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit features a 14-degree headstock that gives you more pressure at the nut for more sustain with less tuning hang-ups caused by “string-tree” gadgets. A rosewood fingerboard with a 12-inch radius and pearloid trapezoid inlays completes the classic Les Paul Standard look and feel. 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 body features single ply white binding on the top and on the fingerboard. A cool black pickguard completes the modern look.
A promotional video for the Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul model can be seen below.