Guitar, Reviews — October 15, 2011 11:11 pm

Washburn Paul Stanley PS 1800CM Review

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Well I don’t want to seem biased, but hands down this is the coolest piece of gear that has come my way for a product review; Paul Stanley’s signature Washburn PS 1800CM.

First thing that sets it apart is the cracked mirror finish. If you’ve owned a mirror pickguard the texture of the top is similar. Under the cracked mirror finish you have mahogany body and a mahogany set neck. Also note the creme binding.

Traveling up the 22 jumbo fret neck is a rosewood fretboard with some serious eye-catching mother of pearl split with abalone block inlay.

The guitar is outfitted with a graphite nut, a dual action truss rod and 18:1 Grover tuners. The guitar is complete with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. Buzz Feiten tuning is a patented design in the way intonation is set and how the nut is cut. The goal is a guitar the plays great in perfect tune up and down the fretboard.

When you are done admiring its looks, Washburn includes a custom gig bag with 2 deep pockets, backpack straps and a well padded interior to keep the PS 1800CM free from damage.

Well alright the guitar looks cool, but how does it sound?!?!

Directly above the custom Paul Stanley tail-piece and Tune-o-matic bridge is a Randall UL pickup in the neck position and a Randall Ultra X pickup in the bridge position. The controls are volume, volume and a master tone knob paired with a 3-way toggle switch.

Naturally the first thing I did when I plugged this guitar is was play some Kiss licks. Here’s the opening to Cold Gin with just the bridge pickup.

Flipping the toggle switch back to where both pickups were on I strummed some chords with a light breakup.

With the next two clips my goal is tonal diversity. Tuned down to Drop-D and muted some bridge powerchords Then to prove this guitar cleans up nicely, I double-tracked a jazz inspired chord melody.

Overall the guitar was a pleasure to review. The weight falls somewhere between a Strat and a Les Paul. The upper strap button is located right below the neck like an SG. The guitar balances surprisingly well standing or sitting.

Whether you’re a KISS fanatic like the gentleman above or just want a flashy stage axe with great playability and versatility, give Washburn’s PS 1800CM a shot!


Price: $1783.90 List

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