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Ace Frehley's stage-used 1993 Gibson Les Paul heads to auction

Ace Frehley's 1993 Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: RR Auction)

A 1993 Gibson Les Paul used and played extensively by Kiss's Ace Frehley is headed to the auction block.

Featuring a cherry sunburst finish and design customizations including an 'Ace' etching on the mother-of-pearl inlay at the twelfth fret, a planet etched into the mother-of-pearl truss rod plate on the headstock, and a 'Mighty Mouse' sticker on the back of the body, the guitar was the basis of Gibson's Ace Frehley Signature Les Paul.

Frehley also held the guitar – a part of RR's upcoming Marvels of Modern Music auction – on the cover of the September 1996 Kiss special issue of Guitar World, documenting the band's massive reunion tour. 

The Les Paul features three DiMarzio humbucker pickups, pearloid tuners, a cream-colored pickguard, a standard rhythm/treble switch and four volume/tone knobs. The back of its headstock is signed with Frehley's name in silver ink, and features his trademark sketch of an Ace of Hearts. 

Ace Frehley's 1993 Gibson Les Paul

(Image credit: RR Auction)

The guitar also comes with its Gibson hardshell case, and is additionally accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Frehley, and several images of Frehley playing the guitar.

Online bidding for The Marvels of Modern Music Auction has begun and will conclude Thursday, November 19. The current bid for the guitar is $9,572.

For more info on the auction, stop by RR Auction (opens in new tab).

The cover of Guitar World's September 1996 issue

(Image credit: Future)

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.