Paul Gilbert sells his rare Ibanez Ice-Stroyer to support Juan Alderete’s recovery

Alderete was involved in a bicycle accident in January that resulted in traumatic brain injury.

Paul Gilbert has sold his rare Ibanez Custom Shop Ice-Stroyer to support Mars Volta bassist and former bandmate Juan Alderete, who has been in recovery for a traumatic brain injury sustained in January.

Earlier this year, Alderete got into a bicycle accident that resulted in Diffuse Axonal Injury. Despite wearing protective gear, the 57-year-old was in a coma for close to four weeks.

Aldere’s wife, Anne, shared an update on his recovery in September. She revealed he had been undergoing multiple therapies and was playing bass again.

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Gilbert listed his pink Ice-Stroyer on Reverb.com yesterday (7 December). The electric guitar – which combines the bodies of an Ibanez Destroyer and Iceman – sold for $16,000.

Gilbert was often sighted playing the guitar live with Racer X, the pioneering shred act with Alderete on bass. Only two Ice-Stroyers were ever made; the second belonged to the band’s second guitarist Bruce Bouillet. Both were built in Bensalem, PA back in 1987.

“I used this guitar for live Racer X shows, for Mr. Big recordings, and on Mr. Big tours,” Gilbert’s description for the instrument read. “Over the years, I changed the bridge to a fixed bridge, moved the location of the toggle switch, and had a DiMarzio Tone Zone and a DiMarzio single-coil pickup installed.”

“The back of the guitar has sushi stickers that I got on my first tour of Japan with Mr. Big back in 1989. And my signature on the headstock is back when I was still signing in script. The tall frets are in excellent condition, and the guitar plays and sounds great!”

Also included in the sale were a signed copy of Racer X’s Extreme Volume – Live; a collection of over 35 custom guitar picks, and an early JHS PG-14 overdrive pedal played by Gilbert.

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