Gibson, Les Paul Ace Frehley Custom Shop, 1997 - Ace Frehley


Les Paul Ace Frehley Custom Shop
Serial Number: 
ACE 102
Cherry Sunburst
DiMarzio PAFs (DP103)
The Story Behind


About the Guitar:

The Ace Frehley (KISS) signature model, released in 1997, has three humbucking DiMarzio pick-ups, a cherry sunburst finish (AAAA), a color image of Frehley's face in his Kiss make-up on the headstock, and mother-of-pearl lightning bolt inlays, and Ace's simulated signature on the 12th fret. There was a limited edition, Gibson Custom Shop run of only 300 guitars that were built with Dimarzio PAF, Super Distortion, and Dual Sound pickups. The production run model was only built with Dimarzio Super Distortion pickups. This was one of Gibson's best selling artist runs. 

The specification of the guitar was advertised as:

  • AAA Flamed Maple top
  • Les Paul "Custom" style binding
  • Cherry Sunburst Finish
  • Custom Ace Frehley headstock veneer
  • Ebony fingerboard with lightning bolt inlays
  • 12th fret "Ace Frehley" pearl inlay
  • Custom Ace Frehley serial number ... inked on as ACE 001 through ACE 300 
  • Grover tuners with pearloid buttons
  • Gibson ABR-1 Bridge
  • Sterling Silver Engraved trussrod cover, switch plate and back plate
  • Pick guards were sold with the guitars but were not installed
  • Hardshell, Gibson Custom & Historic Shop case
  • Screenprint of Ace's signature outside the case
  • Red interior with no silk flap, typically found in the Custom Shop cases
  • Two DiMarzio, Double Creme, Super Distortion pickups ... (DP100)
  • One DiMarzio, Double Creme, Dual Sound pickup ... (DP101)

To have the full story about this Custom Shop model go to:

This guitar has been used by Ace Frehley in live performances. It was damaged and returned to Gibson for some neck repair work and some publicity shots. Later it was given to a family member by Ace. Ace has several low serial numbers guitars  (ACE 001, ACE 100, ...) and he rarely played them because he did not want to scratch them up or take any chances with them. This guitar is fully equiped with DiMarzio PAFs (DP103).

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