With the Epiphone Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Epiphone pays tribute to Ace Frehley, one of rock's most influential guitarists. As the lead guitarist for KISS Ace Frehley is renowned around the world as one of the Les Paul guitar's most exciting ambassadors as well as one of rock's greatest showman. Ace inspired a generation of guitarists to pick up rock and roll's most powerful axe. Now, Epiphone makes the Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom available to players everywhere.
Epiphone Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom Features
- Period correct 3-piece hard Maple top
- 3 piece Mahogany neck glued-in and hand set with a deep-set neck joint
- DiMarzio PAF style pickup in the neck and middle positions and a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge position
- Grover tuners with pearloid buttons
- Only 1,000 guitars will be produced
- Includes a case with ‘Budokan’ in white stencil, a numbered certificate, an unattached ‘Eagle’ sticker, and binder with a photograph of Ace with his Epiphone Budokan Les Paul
KISS's Budokan Theater appearances in Tokyo, Japan helped make Ace's Budokan Les Paul his trademark guitar. Now, Epiphone's signature luthiers who helped create collectable artist models present perhaps the most talked about signature model yet, the Epiphone Limited Edition Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom.
Epiphone worked closely with Ace and his original Budokan Les Paul to create a faithful reproduction of his favorite Les Paul as it stands today, including a period correct 3-piece hard Maple top, 3-piece Mahogany neck with volute, Grover tuners with pearloid buttons, and the famous ‘Eagle’ sticker. Unlike Ace's original however, all three humbuckers on Epiphone's Budokan Les Paul are wired and ready to go.
Like all Les Pauls, Ace's Budokan guitar features a mahogany body with the same classic lines of the original with Les Paul Custom style multi-binding both on the top and back. And like Ace's original, the Epiphone Budokan is made with a 3-piece hard maple cap.
Neck and Fingerboard
Epiphone also stayed true to the Kalamazoo factory's '70s-era 3-piece mahogany neck with a SlimTaper ‘C’-profile with a volute at the zero fret. The neck is glued-in and hand set with a deep-set neck joint. The 24.75 inch scale length is also exact to the original's specifications.
The bound Ebony fingerboard has 22 medium jumbo frets, a 12 inch radius and 1.68 inch bone-style nut. The beautiful faded Cherry Sunburst color finish will make you think you've found a vintage classic. And, Epiphone also included an exact replica of Ace's ‘Eagle’ sticker that you can attach if you want to be just like Ace!
The Epiphone ‘Budokan’ Les Paul Custom also features the same inlay found on Ace's vintage ‘Budokan’ Les Paul with the classic mother-of-pearl LP Custom split diamond inlay on the headstock, mother-of-pearl LP Custom blocks on frets 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19 and 21 and to top it all off, a mother-of-pearl Epiphone logo on the classic clipped dovewing headstock. The iconic bell-shaped truss rod cover found on all Les Pauls has ‘Ace Frehley Budokan’ printed in white silkscreen.
As you would expect, Epiphone and Ace took great care to recreate the power of Ace's original Budokan Les Paul. Though Ace's original had only the bridge pickup connected, the Epiphone Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom is all wired up and ready to rock 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 draw out the stage rattling tone of the mahogany body.
Epiphone also recreated the original Budokan's vintage controls featuring gold SpeedKnob controls for bridge/middle volume, bridge/middle tone, neck volume, and neck tone.
Epiphone's solid hardware is built to last a lifetime and the Ace Frehley Budokan features their very best including Epiphone's LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, a LockTone Stopbar tailpiece, Epiphone's exclusive non-rotating heavy duty output jack, and an Epiphone all-metal 3-waypickup selector. And like Ace's original, Epiphone's Budokan comes with vintage style Grover machine heads with a 14:1 ratio and pearloid buttons.
Each Epiphone Limited Edition Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom comes with a custom hard case with ‘Budokan’ in white stencil, a numbered certificate, an unattached ‘Eagle’ sticker, and presentation binder which also includes a photograph of Ace with his Epiphone Budokan Les Paul. As with all Epiphones, the Ace Frehley Budokan comes with their Limited Lifetime Guarantee and Gibson 24/7/365 customer service. There is no other rock and roll guitar like the Budokan and only 1,000 guitars will be produced. Get yours today!
Budokan Les Paul Story
Ace's original Budokan Les Paul made its stage debut in 1977 during KISS's ‘Rock and Roll Over’ world tour, which helped establish KISS as the number 1 live act on the planet. Ace made the Budokan Les Paul his main axe at the very time KISS's fame was exploding around the world thanks to prime time television appearances, a sold out debut at Madison Square Garden and the release of their classic album, Love Gun, which included Ace's signature hit, ‘Shock Me,’ ranked 50 in Guitar World's ‘100 Greatest Guitar Solos’ ever.
But 1977 is most remembered as the year KISS sold out four nights at the Budokan Theater in Tokyo, Japan, breaking the record previously held by The Beatles since 1966. 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.