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    In the Zone/Backstage Pass abalonevintage's Avatar
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    REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    Here is a Les Paul Custom I own that was previously owned by Ace Frehley of the band KISS.


    1977 Gibson Les Paul Custom owned by Ace Frehley of KISS guitar collection.

    More photos here: http://www.abalonevintage.com/abalon...aul_custom.htm


    I had taken the middle pickup out when I had purchased the guitar because Ace had apparently installed the middle pickup himself. (It was not very professional looking) The wood was removed with what looked like a “blunt” object (screwdriver?) and the pickup was not even fastened to the guitar!!! It was held in place by a “Howard Johnsons” matchbook that was wedged down in the pickup cavity.

    The neck pickup never worked so I finally decided to take her apart and find out what the deal was. After some time with an ohm meter I determined the wire that runs from the pickup selector to the output jack was goofy......so I pulled it out and found this:



    I guess rock stars are not really quite what we though they are when we were kids.


    (Sorry the photos are so BIG!!!!!!)


    -eric
    Last edited by abalonevintage; 05-16-11 at 11:07 PM. Reason: Photo URL updated

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    Pretty cool that you got one of Ace's guitars!!! That's awesome. You can definatly see his "screwdriver" route in your pic. What year is that Paul???
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    In the Zone/Backstage Pass abalonevintage's Avatar
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    It is a 1977.


    -eric

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    Very cool! Looks just like the one on the inside of Alive II....

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    All that trouble to put in a middle pickup when I don't recall ever even hearing him use the NECK pickup...
    "Only if there is a God who created man is man worth anything beyond the chemicals of which he is composed."

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    I'm sure it was just looks! Hahahahha. Maybe he didn't care he had cut through the wire.....or maybe even notice.

    -eric

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    That is a little bit suprising, considering he never used the middle or neck pickups. In fact, he would buy 2 pickup models and stick a fake plastic pickup in the middle of the two existing ones. I have heard this repeatedly, but found someone that had documentation of it recently.





    http://www.acelp.homestead.com/history1.html




    The whole site talks about him and his guitars, pretty interesting reading for any KISS fan. I am just listing the page that talks about how he never used anything except the bridge humbucker and the part about the "fake" middle position pickup on his early Les Pauls. As much money as he has you would think that he would just have someone install the damn thing for him correctly, or stick another fake one in there. Another interesting thing that the guy talks about is how completely simple his smoking guitars were first rigged, etc.

    I hear from some of my friends up in New York that Ace is now attending "meetings" near the Bronx ( his old neighborhood) and away from his Connecticut home. He has a beard and moustache now, too!!!!!!




    ;)

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    Thanx, GREAT read!

    Also, why did Ace have to modify any guitar! As big as KISS was you would think Gibson would have been all over the "sunburst-3 PU-Custom" deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -eric

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    Thanks for the link, I'm a HUGE KISS/Ace fan:dude

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    And the bridge pickup aint a Superdist.
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    One of Ace's buddies wrote a book a few years back and it covered a lot of this stuff. Ace fancied himself a handyman and took apart everything he owned. His buddy said that Ace's garage was loaded with junk that he took apart to modify or fix and could never get to work again.

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    In the Zone/Backstage Pass abalonevintage's Avatar
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    "And the bridge pickup aint a Superdist."

    VERY good eye!

    The guy I got the guitar from has a chapter in the ACE book!!!!!!!

    -eric

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    Ace (Paul) was our local neighborhood guitar hero!
    A story that my old bass player told me was that in shop class he hacked up a Strat to make a new shape. This guy was a menace with a hacksaw.
    But we didn't have the cash back then to bring things to a luthier. I find out now that most of the big guys were techs back then in 48th st., but it wasn't well known that guys could actually make these things work better without them not even being broke!!!. Ace was in Kiss for a good while and I would still see him take the train home. The rumor spread around that when he joined Kiss they paid him $150 whole dollars a week!!!
    The mind is a terrible thing to waste and recollections are highly flawed but I thought this a good time to put in my 2cents.
    Also, I'm including a scan of my schools' literary review, it seems that he drew the cover, and I thought he went to a school a couple of miles away, maybe a friend enlisted his help.
    Sorry, but I can't figure out how to post the pic
    Last edited by jtg116; 04-17-04 at 07:54 AM.

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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    You Ace Frehley fans might get a kick out of this!

    http://www.abalonevintage.com/abalon...ms_clothes.htm

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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    What was in the OP? the second pic is gone.
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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    Sorry about that! I fixed the URL.

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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    Eric, I've met you before, I'm a friend of Brad Henty's. I've known J. H. since elementary school. Please tell me he didn't sell you the extra stuff, & he just let you photograph it. Not what I wanted my first post used on, but. I know that's where the 77 custom came from, and that Ace got a bit tweaked he sold it. I just don't want him to tweak him further. BTW, I've known of J's relationship with Frehley since the beginning, & I've never used it to meet Ace or anything of the sort. I just don't want to see J making bad decisions regarding his choices. I can't pm since this is my first post, hence doing this here. If you can pm me back, that's fine with me.
    Everette Bigbee
    Last edited by EvLectric; 05-19-11 at 01:52 PM.

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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    Hi Everette! Glad to see you around! Maybe you should call Jimmy. I'm sure he would love to hear from you.

    I know that's where the 77 custom came from, and that Ace got a bit tweaked he sold it.
    Perhaps....But Jimmy never got paid for that computer he got Ace, so it all worked out fine.

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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    Hi Eric! I actually saw Jimmy in a store yesterday, but I hadn't seen your reply yet, so I didn't ask him about it. Oddly enough, he's never brought up the computer part of that story. He had said to come by the house sometime soon, so I might just have to take him up on it. I'm going to edit his name out now since I know you've read the post. Cheers!
    Ev

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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    He had said to come by the house sometime soon
    You may be in for a surprise!

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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    Great story. Thanks....
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    Re: REALLY Funny Ace Frehley KISS / Les Paul story.

    Ace has said in interviews before that he would add a middle HB to Les Pauls just for looks and not properly "install" them. Also, since he never used the neck pickup, he typically would not have those pickups connected/hooked up either.

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