Auction house Gotta Have Rock And Roll has listed a double-cut 1973 Les Paul Deluxe owned by original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley.
In December 1973, after KISS was signed to their first recording contract, Frehley bought this guitar from Manny’s Music on 48th Street in New York. Ace played the guitar heavily, with over 50 documented concerts from 1973-1976. Frehley loved the guitar so much he even carved the neck heel himself with a screwdriver.
In 1976, Frehley went to Strings & Things in Memphis, Tennessee, and converted this Tobacco Burst Les Paul Deluxe into his new one-of-a-kind Black Double-Cut Les Paul nicknamed “Blackie”. From then on, the guitar can be pictured in Ace‘s collection throughout the years.
Ace eventually sold the guitar, and it switched hands from collector to collector until, eventually, it landed in the hands of a good friend of Ace‘s. After so many years, he thought it would be nice to have the guitar reunited with the original owner. So, in 2015, Ace got his hands back on the guitar that debatably started KISS‘s illustrious career. Ace immediately recognized his old guitar and was beyond happy to play it one more time. The guitar was also signed on the back by Ace in 2015.
The guitar is set to hit the auction block tomorrow (August 11) and is expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000. It comes with a letter of provenance, a letter of authenticity from Frehley, and a Gotta Have Rock And Roll certificate of authenticity.