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Gibson Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar   

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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 œmost 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 œSpace Ace makeup, lead guitarist Ace Frehley strutted the Budokan stage like he owned the world, laying down signature riffs from hits like œRock and Roll All Nite and œDetroit 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 œBudokan 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 Frehleys original in looks, feel and tone, and its ready to rock you all night long.

The Ace Frehley œBudokan 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 maples snap and articulation with mahoganys depth and warmth, cornerstones of the legendary Les Paul sound. Seven-ply white-and-black body binding enhances the Custom, as do the necks acrylic pearloid block markers and the headstocks 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 Aces original guitar, the Ace Frehley œBudokan 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 switchs 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 Aces modification of Grover tuners with pearloid œbanjo buttons. Strap it on, and its 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.

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

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing like a full-blown Les Paul

By Les Paul collector

from West-By-God-Virginia

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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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