Rick Nielsen Exclusive Signing at Chicago Music Exchange

PRESS RELEASE: Chicago Music Exchange will be hosting Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Nielsen, at an exclusive in-store event on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, to coincide with the release of the brand new aged and signed Gibson Custom Shop Collector’s Choice Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst electric guitar, limited in production to 50 instruments worldwide. Select guests have the rare opportunity to meet Nielsen as he signs their new guitar in person, a unique product launch experience like never before. A brief meet and greet will precede a Q&A session with Nielsen and representatives of Gibson. Following discussion, each of the 50 guitars will be signed in store. Food will be provided by FIG Catering, and beer by Flying Dog Brewery.
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INTERVIEW: Ace Frehley

It’s the Les Paul that launched a million guitarists: the 1974 Cherry Sunburst three-pickup Gibson Les Paul used by Ace Frehley during KISS’s breakthrough era. The guitar, known as the Budokan Les Paul in honour of the historic Japanese venue where it was given one of its best-known public showings, left Ace’s stewardship a few years ago, and it was long since retired from the road. But now it’s back, in spirit at least, in the form of Gibson Custom’s new Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom. This limited edition instrument will be available in four versions: fifty signed guitars aged by Tom Murphy in the Gibson Custom Shop; one hundred aged (but not signed) pieces; a further 150 finished with Gibson’s VOS (Vintage Original Spec) process; and 1000 pieces of an Epiphone version which retains most of the design features of its Gibson big brother. Ace took some time to talk with I Heart Guitar about the new guitar, the 30+ year old classic it’s based on, and his future plans.

 

Click here to buy the Gibson Custom Ace Frehley Les Paul Custom V.O.S. Electric Guitar or here for the hand-aged version.


“It was my favourite guitar that I used pretty much exclusively through the 70s and 80s, I guess,” Frehley says of the original instrument. “I continued to use it even with Frehley’s Comet. I don’t even remember when I got it! It was some time around 1975, 76. I had three or four backups, but the particular one that they just released, which is called the Budokan guitar, it was always my favourite guitar, my number one. It just felt the best and played the best.”

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