Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom launched in three versions 24-Jan-12
Epiphone has released a Limited Edition Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul Custom Outfit while, if you are minted, Gibson Custom has released two similar models. Here's what Epiphone has to say about theirs...
As the lead guitarist for KISS (and the original designer of the famous KISS logo), 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 showmen. Ace single-handedly inspired a generation of guitarists to pick up rock and roll's most powerful axe. Now, Epiphone makes this iconic guitar available to players everywhere in a beautiful faded Cherry Sunburst finish with three DiMarzio™ pickups.
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 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. We'll leave the explosive power all to you! Epiphone Limited Edition Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul Custom Outfit
The Ltd. Edition "Budokan" features a mahogany body with the same classic lines of the original with Les Paul Custom-style 7-ply white and black binding on both the top and back. And like Ace's original, the Epiphone Ltd. Edition "Budokan" is made with a 3-piece hard maple cap. We've also stayed true to the Kalamazoo factory's '70s-era 3-piece mahogany neck with a SlimTaper™ "C" profile and a volute at the zero fret. The neck is glued-in and hand set with a deep-set neck joint. The 24.75" scale length is also exact to the original's specifications. The bound ebony fingerboard has 22 medium jumbo frets, a 12" radius and a 1.68" bone-style nut. The beautiful faded Cherry Sunburst color finish will make you think you've found a vintage classic. And, we've also included an exact replica of Ace's "Eagle" sticker that you can attach if you want to be just like Ace! The Ltd. Edition "Budokan" Les Paul Custom also 5-ply white/black binding on the headstock.
The Epiphone Ltd. Edition "Budokan" Les Paul 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 our classic clipped dovewing headstock. The iconic bell-shaped truss rod cover found on all Les Pauls has "Ace Frehley Budokan" printed in white silkscreen. Les Paul and DiMarzio Pickups
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 Ltd. Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul Custom is all wired up and ready to rock with three DiMarzio™ pickups; a DiMarzio™ PAF style humbucker in the neck and middle positions and a DiMarzio™ "Super Distortion" humbucker in the bridge position to draw out the stage rattling tone of the mahogany body. We've also recreated the "Budokan" vintage controls featuring gold SpeedKnob™ controls for bridge pickup volume, middle pickup volume, neck pickup volume and a master tone control.
Epiphone Guaranteed Hardware
Epiphone's solid hardware is built to last a lifetime and the Ltd. Edition "Budokan" features our 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 Ltd. Edition "Budokan" comes with vintage-style Grover® machine heads with a 14:1 ratio and pearloid buttons.
Each Epiphone Ltd. Edition Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul Custom Outfit 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. Epiphone Lifetime Warranty
As with all Epiphones, the Ltd. Edition Ace Frehley "Budokan" comes with our Limited Lifetime Guarantee and Gibson's 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! Pricing and Availability:
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