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One of only a 1000, so very rare, very collectable Ace Frehley Custom guitar with certificate of

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22 Apr, 2014 13:17:02 BST
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Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom


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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or an item that has been returned to the seller after a period of use. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: One of only a 1000, so very rare, very collectable Ace Frehley Custom guitar with certificate of authenticity. This is Epiphone's homage to the iconic KISS guitar. Built to a very high standard & to the correct specs with genuine made in the USA dimarzio pickups. Includes custom case and all candy.
Type: Electric Guitar No. of Strings: 6 string
Sub-Type: KISS Les Paul Model: Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Custom
Right-/ Left-Handed: Right-Handed Brand: Epiphone


IMPORTANT: Please contact me at to discuss delivery. I might post if there’s no other option, but with something as valuable as this I'd prefer personal collection. However, I do travel back and forth to Heathrow quite regularly so I may also be able to meet up and deliver to you by hand.

On offer is a mint condition Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul with its certificate of authenticity. This is one of only 1000 worldwide from the signature luthiers at Epiphone’s Custom Shop, and it comes with all the candy in its custom case and everything is like brand new. If you’ve never actually seen one of these in the shops, that’s because they were an instant sell out and I believe very few even made it to the UK. Those that did were pre-orders so they never got chance to gather dust on the shop floor - proving that this was, and still is, a VERY sought after guitar.

To give you some idea of how good these are, Gibson also brought out a version of the Budokan but weirdly the specs are all over the place on theirs....

Ace’s own Budokan guitar from 1977 had a 3 piece maple cap. The Epiphone has that but the Gibson has a two piece cap.

Ace’s was a proper Custom model with binding front and back. The Epiphone also has that but again the Gibson differs in that it is only bound on the front.

Gibson did at least get the pickups right and both they and Epiphone have the genuine DiMarzio pickups much loved by Ace. Those are the jewel in the crown and they are what separates one of these fabulous guitars from every other Epiphone out there. And with the period features being present and correct on the Epi you might also say the Epiphone is the more faithful reproduction of Ace Frehley's most famous guitar. So with the same pickups on both, I for one couldn’t justify the huge price hike for the Gibson.

This is an iconic and collectable guitar that plays every bit as good as it looks. Take a look at the photos. I doubt you’ll find a better example than this anywhere. These don’t see the light of day very often, and there won't be any more, so they can only increase in value. But I’m offering my Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul for what I think is a very reasonable Buy It Now price (you won't find the Gibson equivalent for less than twice what I'm asking). I will of course consider decent offers and I might even be tempted by a trade or a swap so let me know what you have (I’ll only spend the money on another guitar anyway – and you might have just what I’m looking for)

Please read the notice about delivery at the top of my description. You can drop me a line at if you have questions, or if you need more photos.

** About me: I am a collector so you can be sure of the quality of any guitars I sell. My feedback speaks for itself - and I don't waste everybody's time with 99p starts and reserve prices that might never be met. I will give you all the information you need, and I despatch immediately to buyers in the UK - but please note these instruments are advertised elsewhere so they may be withdrawn if a sale is achieved. 


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