Gibson Custom Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar (Hand-Aged Heritage Cherry Sunburst, SN:ACEFREHLEY016)


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You are looking at a Aged Ace Frehley "Budokan" 1974 Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, serial number ACE FREHLEY 016. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (9 lbs, 6.4 oz.)

Few artists have been consistently associated with one guitar as Ace Frehley has been with the Les Paul. He is known worldwide as one of the Les Paul guitar’s most recognizable players as well as one of rock’s greatest icons. From the moment KISS arrived on the scene, Ace was brandishing a Les Paul and has developed a permanent association with this iconic guitar.

By 1977, KISS had become a worldwide phenomenon. During their world tour that year, KISS sold out four nights at the Budokan Theater in Tokyo, Japan, breaking the record previously held by The Beatles since 1966. By this time, Ace was most often seen playing a cherry sunburst triple-pickup Les Paul Custom. Ace returned to Japan with his “Budokan” Les Paul the following year for the Alive II tour where KISS broke the record again with a sold out five night stand. Ace’s association with this Les Paul remains to this day.

Gibson Custom has faithfully recreated Ace’s most prized Les Paul through a precise digital scanning of the original, and with the close cooperation of Ace himself and the guitar's current owner, Matt Swanson. It starts with the period correct 3-piece hard Maple top which rests upon a mid-’70s style “sandwich” body made from a middle and back section of solid mahogany joined by a thin maple veneer, with no chambering. The top, back, sides and the neck of Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul Custom are hand-sprayed in nitrocellulose to give this guitar that same Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish as the original, and is then aged by hand to capture the exact wear and tear of Ace's most iconic instrument--down to every ding, dent, scratch and nick.

The 3-piece glued-in mahogany neck is carved to a thin, fast profile to provide you high velocity rockers with incredible comfort and playability up and down the entire neck while the 22-jumbo fret ebony fingerboard allows for effortless string bending. The Gibson Custom Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul also features accurate Mother-of-Pearl block inlays and the familiar “Split Diamond” Custom inlay on the headstock.

Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom is outfitted with three DiMarzio pickups; a DiMarzio PAF style pickup in the neck and middle positions and a DiMarzio “Super Distortion” in the bridge position to deliver the tone that dominated the world in the late 1970s. The control panel features 2 volume controls and 2 tone controls with gold speed knobs for precise, on the fly tonal shaping. The guitar is wired the same way Ace preferred, with only the bridge pickup activated and the 3-way toggle serving as a “kill-switch” to create the effect that has been an Ace Frehley trademark. The hardware includes the classic pairing of chrome ABR-1 bridge and stopbar tailpiece. And like Ace’s original "Budokan" Les Paul Custom, this guitar comes with a set of Grover tuners with pearloid “banjo” buttons.

Finally, a Gibson Custom hardshell case features a black pleather exterior, red fur interior and is silkscreened with Ace’s signature. Also included with your purchase of the Gibson Custom Ace Frehley "Budokan" 1974 Les Paul Custom is a leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity. These incredible replicas are available in extremely limited quanties, with only 100 of these hand-aged "Budokan" Les Pauls produced. Now may be your only chance to own one of the most iconic and highly coveted guitars in glam-rock history.


  • Top: 3-Piece Maple
  • Back: 4-Piece (Mahogany, Maple, Mahogany, Maple) '70s Style "Sandwich" Body
  • Binding: Multi-Ply White/Black on Top and Back
  • Neck: 3-Piece Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Fast, Slim 1974 Ace Frehley
  • Truss Rod: Traditional
  • Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Neck Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets, Dunlop Fret Wire
  • Radius: 12"
  • Binding: White
  • Fingerboard Inlays: Pearl Block; 1/16 Side Dots
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.690/1.030
  • Nut/Nut Width: Bone/1.690
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock Inlay/Logo: Mother-of-Pearl Split Diamond/Mother-of-Pearl 'Gibson'
  • Headstock Angle: 17 Degrees
  • Headstock Binding: Multi-Ply White/Black
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black/White Bell
  • Tuners: Chrome Plated Grover with Pearloid Banjo Buttons
  • Tuning Ratio: 12:01
  • Bridge: Chrome Plated ABR-1
  • Tailpiece: Chrome Plated Stop Bar
  • Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
  • Pickguard: Cream
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Hot Stamped Lettering
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
  • Control Plate Cover: Cream
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Strap Buttons: Dunlop Strap Locks with Extra Button
  • Pickups: DiMarzio PAF-Style Open Coil Neck and Middle Pickups and DiMarzio Open Coil PAF-Style Super Distortion Bridge Pickup
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Capacitors: Ceramic
  • Toggle Switch: Modified 3-Way with Cream Toggle Cap
  • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"
  • Finish: Hand-Aged Heritage Cherry Sunburst
  • Includes Custom Hardshell Case with Silkscreened Ace Frehley Signature and Leather-Bound Certificate of Authenticity

Get your Gibson Aged Ace Frehley "Budokan" 1974 Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar (Serial#: ACE FREHLEY 016) today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    Electric Guitar
    Hardshell Case
    Certificate of Authenticity
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Weight 9 lbs, 6.4 oz.
Model Aged Ace Frehley "Budokan" 1974 Les Paul Custom


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