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Gibson Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar  

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    One of the most coveted Les Paul Customs of the 1970s with triple Dimarzio pickups.

    Epitomizing the rock concert as spectacle in the 1970s, KISS merged infectious metal riffs and glam-rock imagery more fully than any band to strut the stage. The glitz, make-up and pure musical fury climaxed in 1977 when KISS, having just been named the “most popular band in America” in a Gallup poll, flew to Japan to perform five sold-out shows at the legendary Budokan arena, breaking the record of four capacity concerts that was held by The Beatles. In his white-and-silver “Space Ace” makeup, lead guitarist Ace Frehley strutted the Budokan stage like he owned the world, laying down signature riffs from hits like “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City” on a three-pickup 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom that would instantly be the object of desire of every aspiring teenage rocker the world over. Bringing this iconic Custom back to life for the mere mortal guitarists among us, Gibson USA announces the release of the Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom. With its luscious Cherry Sunburst nitrocellulose finish, traditional Les Paul Custom inlays and appointments, and three super-charged DiMarzio humbucking pickups, this guitar is the spitting image of Frehley’s original in looks, feel and tone, and it’s ready to rock you all night long.

    The Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom is crafted with the traditional ingredients of the Les Paul Custom circa the early to mid-1970s. Its carved Grade-A maple top is joined to a Grade-A mahogany body that is weight relieved to reduce the load and enhance resonance. This classic tonewood pairing gives you the blend of maple’s snap and articulation with mahogany’s depth and warmth, cornerstones of the legendary Les Paul sound. Seven-ply white-and-black body binding enhances the Custom, as do the neck’s acrylic pearloid block markers and the headstock’s multi-ply binding and split-diamond inlays. The quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a traditional slim, yet rounded, profile that measures .818” at the 1st fret and .963” at the 12th, and is topped with a fingerboard made from renewable Richlite®. A fabricated material composed of cellulose fiber and phenolic resin, Richlite® offers the constructional and resonant properties of fine hardwood, but with improved durability, for a superb playing feel.

    In the image of Ace’s original guitar, the Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom from Gibson USA is loaded with three period-correct, double-cream DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups for maximum rhythm crunch and lead tones of unparalleled fire and fury. To maximize the sonic versatility of the traditional three-way toggle switch and four-knob control section, the guitar is wired to select the neck pickup alone in the switch’s upper position, both middle and bridge pickups in the middle position (sharing the lower volume and tone controls), and bridge pickup alone in the lower position. Hardware includes the classic pairing of chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for optimum sustain and precise intonation, with Ace’s modification of Grover™ tuners with pearloid “banjo” buttons. Strap it on, and it’s your own slab or raging glam-rock excess, as well as the perfect Les Paul for any breed of heavy rock and traditional metal riffing.

    Features

    • Mahogany body, Maple top with Heritage Cherry Sunburst nitrocellulose finish
    • Richlite® fingerboard with aged white acrylic block inlays
    • Three open-coil, double-cream DiMarzio™ Super Distortion pickups
    • Chrome-plated bridge and stopbar tailpiece

    Get ready for some inspiring sonic diversity.

     

    Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Body
    • Top: Maple
    • Back: Mahogany
    • Binding: 7-Ply White/Black on Top
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Neck
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Profile: Slim, Rounded
    • Truss Rod: Traditional
    • Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Neck: Fit
    • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    • Fingerboard
    • Species: Richlite®
    • Frets: 22
    • Radius: 12"
    • Scale Length: 24.75"
    • Binding: White
    • Inlays: White Acrylic Block
    • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260
    • Nut
    • Material: Corian
    • Width: 1.695
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    • Headstock
    • Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl Split Diamond
    • Logo: Mother-of-Pearl 'Gibson'
    • Angle: 17 Degrees
    • Binding: 5-Ply White/Black
    • Truss Rod Cover: Black/White Antique Bell
    • Tuners
    • Model: Grover™ with Pearloid Banjo Buttons
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Tuning Ratio: 14:01
    • Bridge
    • Type: Tune-O-Matic
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Tailpiece
    • Type: Stop Bar
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Hardware
    • Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
    • Pickguard: Cream
    • Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Screenprint
    • Pickup Mounting: Rings Cream
    • Control Plate Cover: Cream
    • Strings: .010 - .046
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    • Pickups
    • Neck Position: Open Coil, DiMarzio™ Super Distortion (Ceramic)
    • Middle Position: Open Coil, DiMarzio™ Super Distortion (Ceramic)
    • Bridge Position: Open Coil, DiMarzio™ Super Distortion (Ceramic)
    • Electronics
    • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    • Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    • Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Cream Toggle Cap
    • Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
    • Finish
    • Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Heritage Cherry Sunburst
    • Case
    • Type: Gibson Hardshell
    • Case Exterior: Black
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    GibsonAce Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    A fun to play Ace Axe.

    By pinderd

    from Alberta, Canada

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    Pros

    • Came Set Up Beautifully
    • Excellent Finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Love The Richlite Board
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • 3way Switch Label Crooked

    Best Uses

    • Tuned Down Half Step

    Comments about Gibson Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    It's this guitar that got me interested in music back in my teens. What a joy to be able to play it now in my 50's.

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    5.0

    Nothing like a full-blown Les Paul

    By Les Paul collector

    from West-By-God-Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar:

      Just got my Budokan late last week and finally had some time over the weekend to break it in. I can't say I got the full effect of it until I did some recording. Once I ran it though some amp simulators, I could hear how the pick ups delivered, but through my amp, I wasn't getting the full effect. Plays great, looks fantastic - my only complaint would be that I keep picking on the middle pick up. I'm just not used to anything being there and it's adjusted to be very close to the strings.

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      5.0

      This Guitar rocks

      Comments about Gibson Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar:

      I like the fact that all the pick ups are wired unlike the 8000.00 model
      Sweet guitar .Plays nice. Stays in tune. Beautiful case . A must for Ace fans . I'm very happy with it!

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