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Jim Cara: The Mastermind Behind Ace Frehley’s Touring Iconic Guitars and Innovations

New York, NY — December 1, 2023 — For over a decade, Jim Cara has been the creative genius behind some of Ace Frehley’s most iconic trick and custom guitars. His craftsmanship has created legendary instruments like the New York Groove Flashers, UFO Guitars, and notably, the widely recognized smoking Gibson Les Paul.

In a groundbreaking move, Cara’s expertise takes center stage in Ace’s latest music video, “10,000 Volts.” Both Cara’s New York Groove Guitar and the Fire Safe Compliant Smoker feature prominently. In an era where pyrotechnics face strict regulations under the Homeland Security Act, Ace’s smokers have been utilizing proprietary water-based smoke devices, a technological leap that has circumvented legal barriers for over a decade.

Following the passing of Steve Carr and the retirement of John “Ampy” Robison, Cara seamlessly stepped into the role of Frehley’s main conversion expert, earning credit and recognition from Ace himself in numerous publications and interviews. His guitars have been featured in many Frehley videos including Fire and Water with Paul Stanley.

Reflecting on this journey, Cara shared, “One of Ace’s people discovered me using a guitar that emitted Red, White, and Blue smoke, in a video where I played the Star-Spangled Banner for Robbie Knievel. When someone from Canada first contacted me about the idea of making one for Ace, I thought it was a joke.”

Cara’s innovative spirit and dedication to pushing the boundaries of guitar design and functionality continue to cement his legacy as a trailblazer in the industry.

For media inquiries, please contact: [Jim Cara 302-521-0119]

About Jim Cara: Jim Cara is a renowned craftsman and visionary most known for Custom Gene Simmons Axes and Punishers. He has been behind some of the most iconic guitars in the music industry and possibly has created the most photographed guitars in the rock world.. His collaborations with Ace Frehley have redefined what’s possible in guitar design, earning him acclaim and recognition for his innovative contributions.

About Ace Frehley: Ace Frehley, a legendary guitarist and founding member of the iconic rock band KISS, continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his electrifying performances and groundbreaking music.

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