We had Ace Frehley sign a few guitars at our 2018 Indianapolis KISS Expo. This was on of them. See photo.
The Budokan Les Paul
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 #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,” which ranked #50 in Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
But 1977 is most remembered as the year KISS sold out four nights at the Budokan arena 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.
Recreating a Historic Classic KISS’s Budokan appearances helped make Ace’s “Budokan” Les Paul Custom his trademark guitar. Now, Epiphone’s signature luthiers who helped create collectable artist models for Slash, Tak Matsumoto and Joe Bonamassa, present perhaps the most talked about signature model yet, the Epiphone Limited Edition Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom Outfit.
Epiphone worked closely with Ace and his original “Budokan” Les Paul to create a faithful reproduction of his favorite Les Paul, 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 Ltd. Edition “Budokan” Les Paul are wired and ready to go.
Historically accurate to Ace Frehley’s original
DiMarzio™ PAF style humbuckers
Custom hard case
Ltd. to 1,000 guitars
Top 3-piece hard maple cap
Neck 3-piece mahogany with period correct volute at zero-fret
Neck Shape SlimTaper™ C-profile with volute at zero-fret
Neck Joint Glued-in, set neck with a deep set neck joint
Scale Length 24.75”
Frets 22 medium/jumbo
Fingerboard Material ebony
Fingerboard Radius 12”
Binding body top: 7-ply (white/black), body back: 7-ply (white/black), fingerboard: 1-ply (white black), headstock: 5-ply (white/black)
Nut Width 1.68”
Nut Material imitation bone
Inlay pearloid LP Custom Split Diamond on headstock; pearloid LP Custom blocks on 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 21st fret; pearloid Epiphone log on headstock
Machine Heads Vintage Grover® with original pearloid buttons, 14:1 ratio
Neck Pickup DiMarzio™ "PAF" humbucker
Middle Pickup DiMarzio™ "PAF" humbucker
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio™ "Super Distortion" humbucker
Controls 1-Bridge/Middle Volume, 1-Bridge/Middle Tone, 1-Neck Volume, 1-Neck Tone
Pickup Selector 3-way Epiphone all-metal toggle switch
Knobs Gold SpeedKnobs™
Bridge LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece LockTone™ Stopbar
Output Jack Epiphone exclusive non-rotating heavy duty output jack
Includes Custom hard case with “Budokan” in white stencil, numbered certificate (1 or 1,000, etc.) photo of Ace with Epiphone Limited Edition Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom Outfit, all presentation binder along with “Eagle” sticker unattached.
Production Limited to 1,000 pcs worldwide
Color Faded Cherry Burst
Strings D’Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46