Gibson has heard the cry from its customers and, in an effort to satisfy them, has created the Les Paul Axcess electric guitar. Carrying all the elegant styling, fluid body lines, and rocking attitude... Read More
Gibson has heard the cry from its customers and, in an effort to satisfy them, has created the Les Paul Axcess electric guitar. Carrying all the elegant styling, fluid body lines, and rocking attitude of a classic Les Paul Standard from the golden era of 1958 to '60, the Les Paul Axcess includes a handful of upgrades”all modifications made in the name of maximum playability and versatility.
The most noticeable addition is the recessed Floyd Rose tailpiece, installed at the Gibson Custom Shop, so this potent piece of high-performance hardware interacts seamlessly with the design of the guitar. Partnered with an R4 locking nut, it guarantees outstanding tuning stability and return-to-pitch accuracy.
To enhance playing comfort, the Les Paul Axcess guitar has a slightly thinner body, made from weight-relieved mahogany with carved maple top. A unique contoured heel cut gives you access”hence the name” to the entire 22 fret rosewood fingerboard. A back body contour allows the body of the guitar to closely hug your own body without digging in. Perfect setup, fret dressing and nut slotting is achieved by the computer-controlled Plek System. As the guitar lies in a cradle, a computer-controlled robot arm moves along the neck measuring each fret's height, the fingerboard radius, even the bow in the neck. Using that data, the Plek machine adjusts the truss rod, cuts the nut slots for optimal spacing and height for each string, files each fret to a hundredth of a millimeter accuracy, and then polishes the frets. In a fraction of the time it takes a skilled technician, the Plek machine eliminates buzzing strings and dead spots, producing a neck with flawless intonation and superb action.
The Les Paul Axcess is fitted with exposed-coil Gibson BurstBucker 1 and BurstBucker 2 pickups in the neck and bridge positions”the most accurate reproduction vintage-PAF-style humbuckers Gibson has ever offered”yield everything from warm, fluid vocal tones to fat, sweet growl, while an added push/pull switch on the treble tone knob provides coil splitting for accurate single-coil tones. The combination excels at everything from singing classic rock lead tones, to contemporary crunch, to extremes of twang and jangle.
Once you have felt the excitement of this beautifully responsive Gibson guitar, heard its rich tone, and seen its exquisite, graceful design, you will know the affection that the players feel for their instrument. The Gibson Axcess is comfortably light in weight and a pure joy to play either strapped on or seated. Each guitar also comes with a custom shop hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity.