From rocket-shooting Les Pauls to 'bananas' Superstrats: 10 iconic Kiss guitars that powered rock's most outrageous band

Ace Frehley performs onstage with Kiss at the International Ampitheater in Chicago, Illinois on September 22, 1979
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

For a band like Kiss, it can't be easy upholding the moniker of 'The Hottest Band in the Land,' nor can it be easy to perpetually put on 'The Greatest Show on Earth.' Still, they've managed to do it.

Over the years, the various guitarists amongst Kiss's ranks – Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Vinnie Vincent, and Tommy Thayer – have also evoked plenty of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) through the use of some fantastic guitars.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.