Famous guitarists are always being approached to design a guitar according to their look and sound. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has his own Gibson Les Paul body up for nearly $4,000 at Guitar Center, and now My Chemical Romance fans can rejoice because emo rocker Frank Iero has created his own six string.
Iero has joined forces with Epiphone to create the Phant-O-matic. His inspiration came from his musically inclined family. His father and grandfather were both drummers in bands for most of their lives. While his father bought him his first guitar, Iero always admired Kurt Cobain’s Jag-Stang.
“I took the body from the Wilshire, I took the Anico Humbuckers out of the Les Paul, I put the Les Paul neck on it and headstock, changed the tuners around, and fucked a little bit with the electronics – and we made the Phant-o-matic,” Iero told Rolling Stone.
Because Iero was so inspired by his family, he decided to use the offer as a means to make money for a charity close to his heart. Multiple sclerosis has affected his family, so he took this as a chance to give back. Epiphone is matching every dollar he gives to sclerosis.Tags: Epiphone, Frank Iero, Gibson, Les Paul, multiple sclerosis, My Chemical Romance, Phant-o-matic