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Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar  

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Created through extensive work with Alex, this new model incorporates the Graphtech Ghost-equipped Floyd Rose licensed tremolo and newly designed output circuitry that offers unprecedented signal rout... Click To Read More About This Product

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Created through extensive work with Alex, this new model incorporates the Graphtech Ghost-equipped Floyd Rose licensed tremolo and newly designed output circuitry that offers unprecedented signal routing (via "Regular" output jack and/or "Life-O-Sound" output jack) and tonal shaping flexibility (via push/pull pots) that make full use of the guitar's complete pickup arsenal consisting of piezo and 496R ceramic-magnet neck humbucker and 498T Alnico V bridge humbucker.

To give the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess the best possible foundation, Gibson Custom works with premium woods that are selected for their sublime look as well as their superior resonant qualities. The two-piece top is carved from beautifully figured maple, and joined to a solid, one-piece mahogany back. This classic combination presents all the depth and richness married to lively snap and bite that Les Pauls have been known for six decades.

A quarter-sawn mahogany neck is joined to the body with a glued-in long-tenon joint, and topped with a traditional rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and acrylic trapezoid inlays, just the way it's been done since 1952. Kluson-style tuners with pearloid keystone buttons add to the vintage vibe at the headstock end, but down south the electronics and hardware take this guitar into another millennium.

In addition to its traditional Les Paul tonewoods, the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess carries two high-output humbucking pickups with series/parallel wiring options via its push-pull volume controls series/parallel options on its push-pull volume controls, and a Floyd Rose licensed unit that not only provides the world's most efficient vibrato system, but is also loaded with GraphTech Ghost piezo bridge saddles. Access traditional Gibson magnetic humbucker tones, mix it up with fat and funky series/parallel options, tap the Ghost's realistic acoustic tones, or blend acoustic and magnetic voices-the sky's the limit from this sonic chameleon, whose sound-shifting depths are virtually limitless. What's more, you can route it all through a traditional mono jack (labeled "Regular") using a single guitar cable, or use two cables to split your sonic trickery off into separate output paths using the "Regular" and the "Life-O-Sound" output jacks together. All this, and the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess still presents that timeless Les Paul look that has remained a classic for more than 50 years, in your choice of two stunning colors-Viceroy Brown and Royal Crimson-both approved by the artist himself, and both resplendent atop a stunningly figured maple top.

Since the mid-1970s, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has personified the consummate rock innovator--a sonic adventurer capable of producing mind-blowing power chords and dizzying arpeggios alike, ultimately sculpting them into huge, rich melodies and ingenious arrangements. Includes case.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple Figured
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Rounded Axcess
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: 496R Ceramic magnet
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 498T alnico #5
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Switchable
  • Piezo: Yes
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Dual outputs Regular and Life-O-sound
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Floyd Rose with locking nut
  • Tailpiece:
  • Tuning machines: Kluson
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model Body and neck binding
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools
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Gibson Custom2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Jamming (3)
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One of the Best I have played

This instrument is one of the finest instruments I have ever played/owned. - Custom Shop build quality compared to non-Custom Shop Gibsons and any other instrument, except PRS, this is of a...Read complete review

This instrument is one of the finest instruments I have ever played/owned. - Custom Shop build quality compared to non-Custom Shop Gibsons and any other instrument, except PRS, this is of a noticeably better quality and playability. - Tone woods make a big difference. What I have noticed is that the most vocal online critics don't own the item and tend to exclusively sing the praises of Ibanez. I have several Prestige guitars, which are great, but they are no Gibson Custom shop instrument. Market differences due to manufacturing locations skew the pricing where making such claims is Apples to Oranges. - Floyd Rose: First let me state that I am typically not a fan. If Sperzel or Schaller locking systems that lock at the tuning post had been developed first the Floyd Rose system would have never existed. With that said, this is the best set up and implementation of a Floyd Rose System I have ever played. Inconvenience of use aside, the system keeps the guitar in excellent tune. And I have read online that numerous critics state that a non-locking Les Paul stays in tune better. That's unfounded and incorrect. I have two of them and they don't. I have used and owned a number of non-locking Kluson equipped guitars and they stay in tune OK, but not great. The G string is a persistent issue with those systems, but much less evident on this guitar, due to the Floyd locking nuts. It's almost always in tune. Additionally, this guitar is set up in a way where the tremolo is arched back toward the body slightly more than a typical Floyd Rose system and thus out of the way a bit more. This was an excellent design consideration. - In a related item, several online inquirers were curious about the ability to palm mute, a technique I use often. I have found no problem with palm muting, and find it easier on this guitar than the average guitar. - Piezo: The Graphtech Piezo included has a superb sound, coupled with the excellent playability of the guitar, I doubt it could be much better. - Axcess: The cutaway that allows the additional fretboard access is excellent. While this does not have the extreme accessibility of a Jackson or Carvin Neck-Through, it has an outstanding bit of extra access. All fret positions in all frets are easily accessible. - Pickups/Wood/Tone: As good as any I've heard. It has a very Lifeson-esque sound out of the box, and I got this plugged into several amps with settings left as is. I would describe it as thick and fat yet clear and powerful. - Action/Playability: I have owned well over 60 guitars in the last 30 years and played many more than that. This is in the top 3-5 instruments I have ever played as far as playability. Felt like an old friend after three notes, lol. - Price: many folks have harped on how expensive this instrument is. I think "quality" is a state that can only inherently be assessed by playing the instrument a lot and playing it through the best equipment. I have played this through my Engl Steve Morse Head, a PRS "H" 2-channel, a Spider Valve, a Roland cube and a totally virtual environment. It shines in all situations. It excels even more through the tube driven amps, esp the Engl and the PRS. This is where (aside from insane playability), the Custom Shop separation from the ordinary becomes very evident. Guitars of this caliber come alive in this scenario. - Versatility: with the ability to tap series/parallel by push/pull, giving eight tones (2 neck, 2 bridge, 4 in the middle position combining them) rather than three, plus the Piezo settings, it will take a long while to find all of the many possible tones. Assessment: Top notch, one of the Best Purchases you can make if you can afford it and it will pay to own it over the long term. You will not easily be able to put it down. This instrument has a very big vibrant tone. It has a very realistic acoustic tone and sounds excellent on electric with blues, classic rock, progressive, metal and more. It covers most sonic territory, and while no instrument is a be all end all for everything, this is about as close as a guitar can get to that.

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bewarebof gibson les pauls

quite a few of the les paul series have had problems staying in tune and there also have been fret issues, its hard to buy a decent guitar without playing it first so the...Read complete review

quite a few of the les paul series have had problems staying in tune and there also have been fret issues, its hard to buy a decent guitar without playing it first so the old story goes the picture looked good!

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5.0

Un-touchable sound

By Mike

from Olton TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

    It's an amazing guitar an amazing brand amazing sound guitar center thank you for having this guitar on sale!

    (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    bewarebof gibson les pauls

    By george

    from midland mi.

    Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

    quite a few of the les paul series have had problems staying in tune and there also have been fret issues, its hard to buy a decent guitar without playing it first so the old story goes the picture looked good!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THE Swiss Army Knife Guitar!!

    By Billiards

    from Strasburg, Va

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • It Is Pricey

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

      I'm someone who loves a guitar with traditional design but modern appointments. I'm fortunate enough to have 3 of these guitars in each color option. The Les Paul is a classic design in rock guitar. The Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Guitar adds some much needed upgrades to this rock icon. First, I am an Alex Lifeson/Rush fan. That initially drew me to the guitar. But, for those players who need a guitar that can handle many different sounds and handle aggressive playing, this guitar will deliver the goods. First the body: Classic good looks of a Les Paul with nice figuring on the maple tops and two finishes that are attractive/different, yet classic. The back of the guitar has been contoured to feel more comfortable against the player's body and along the heel of the neck for upper register playing. The weight is around 7 lbs. and is not too heavy. The neck is wide but not too wide (think PRS) and feels good when playing complex chords or fingerpicking. The Hardware/Electronics: This is where this guitar shines. Whether you're a fan or not.. the Floyd Rose Trem is what you're going to need if you're playing a la Lifeson, Van Halen or Schon. The Graphtech Floyd Rose also has piezo saddles that allow for an acoustic guitar simulation and while I've never thought these sounds were very convincing, this guitar pulls it off pretty well. The pickups also deliver the option of getting a humbucking (Les Paul) or a single coil (strat) sound.
      If you are in the market for a comfortable guitar with a classic pedigree that delivers a variety of useful sounds with a solid trem system, this is your instrument.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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      By THOMAS DILEO

      from PATERSON NJ

      Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

      THis is the best guitar out there. BEst tone and sound you can imagine I own 2 of them Bought the two at guitar center.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rocking Guitar

      By Sledge65

      from Philly

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Comfortable neck
      • Fun To Play
      • Great Tone
      • Solid feel
      • Versatile Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

        I own a few guitars, and this one is quickly becoming my favorite. I was hesitant to buy this because the trem was a licensed FR rather than the real deal, and I was not sure I wanted the piezo. Something just seems wrong about a Les Paul that requires 9v battery, but i quickly got over my concerns. The tremolo is very stable from a tuning perspective, and the action and intonation were perfect right out of the box. The sound of the piezo is terrific, but when you turn it off it's a full-on Les Paul. The versatility is just unmatched by any other guitar I own. I was really torn between this and the Axcess with a Floyd Rose, but now am sure I made the right choice. This guitar use jumbo frets, which I prefer (you may prefer a thinner fret and so may like the feel of the Access better), and this one is a couple of pounds heavier giving it a solid Les Paul feel as compared to the Access. When you play this you really get the feel that Lifeson put a lot of thought and input into the design. My one small complaint is the trem bar. I have been playing with Floyd trems for many years and have grown accustomed to leaving my trem bar loose. This trem does not use a threaded nut to secure it to the bridge, but instead presses into a nylon bushing. The benefit is it is very quiet compared to a rattling/swinging trem arm, the downside is it stays wherever you leave it.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All time great guitar

        By george george

        from NY

        Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

        This is one of the best guitars i have ever tried. Sound is clean and warm. Very easy to play for long time.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great job Gibson!

        By Scott Charland

        from Aliso Viejo, CA

        Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

        I have always wanted a Les Paul with a whammy bar. Now I did have a few reservations before I bought this guitar, mostly Gibson's choice of pickups. After I have played it through my rig extensively, I can honestly say that this is one of the best playing and sounding guitars I have ever owned. The choices of tone between the Ghost piezo and the bridge/neck pu's are astounding to say the least. I have just tried the life-o-sound jack out with two amps and a delay unit. What a sound!! If you are thinking about getting one of these guitars, I do totally recommend it. I own several Les Pauls', PRS, Strats......This guitar has a perfect balance, a very fast and comfortable neck and a pickup combination that will blow your socks off IMHO

        (2 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Definitely recommended

        By al goodheart

        from Woonsocket,RI

        Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

        Not a bad guitar at all.. Finally found something that semi competes with me up on stage in the looks factor. Definitely my top pick for any gig, be it big or small, crowded or empty. Thumbs up from me n this one! www.drivewayscorp.com

         
        5.0

        Incredible Guitar

        By MC

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Acoustic Tone
        • Craftsmanship
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Playability
        • Sound
        • Value

        Cons

        • No Instruction Manual

        Best Uses

        • All Rock Music
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

        This is a wonderful guitar, beautiful sound, a top shelf instrument and very comfortable to play. After owning this guitar, I bought another exactly like it and I own over 30 very nice guitars. I am not a collector and play approx 7 different guitars per week.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic LP

        By Mark Baughman

        from Washington DC

        Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar:

        It would be a perfect 10 except for the elctronics. From a strictly playability point, this isn't as easy to play as my SG, but the weight, resonance and balance make this my preferred Gibson.
        I've had mine for several months now. It is my first LP after having been a Strat player for 30 years. The access to the fretboard is excellent and the ribcage contour is much appreciated. Really good weight. I have not sorted out using the second "Life-o-Sound" jack yet, but I'm getting the hang of mixing the two magnetic and one piezo pickups. With the split coil option, this is just a very versitile guitar. The only thing I'd change is maybe the pickups - to 57's or burstbuckers. The volume pots are not so great - when you're in the middle toggle you should be able to smoothly adjust each pickup volume, but it requires a certain amount of volume on both pickups for the middle switch to work at all. I don't think that's the way it should be, but it's really not a problem for me.

        Floyd Rose trem is a great feature. I didn't think I cared, but now that I know how to use it I can't do without. The FR design is just perfect - the arm can be right there without being in your way and it swings out easily. Never had one of those before either and now I'm trying to figure out how to get one on my Strat.

        I'd get another one of these, and if I see one available used for a good price I'll get it in a heartbeat beofre they stop making them.
        Electronics not so great. Kills me that Gibson has such poor quality control.

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