“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.”
When being approached by Epiphone to make the guitar Frank thought about his family before any guitar legends.
“Basically when given this opportunity the first thing that came to mind was my dad buying me my first guitar. And the reason I got into music was my grandfather and dads played drums and were in bands forever.”
The guitar was designed to help raise money for multiple sclerosis. Epiphone has pledged to match all the money raised by the guitar design.
“About six years ago my family was affected by multiple sclerosis and that was the first thing that came to mind. The only reason I would be doing this is because of my family, so why not give back?”
Visit RollingStone.com for the full article, where Frank also states that new material from My Chemical Romance could be released by the end of this year or by next summer.