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Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar

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The Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard is an electric guitar that carries 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 reveals a handful of upgrades upon closer examination”all modifications made in the name of maximum playability and versatility....  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard is an electric guitar that carries 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 reveals a handful of upgrades upon closer examination”all modifications made in the name of maximum playability and versatility. The most noticeable addition is the Floyd Rose tailpiece, a unit optimized for anything from subtle vibrato wobbles to dramatic, rumbling divebombs. Partnered with an R4 locking nut, it also guarantees outstanding tuning stability and return-to-pitch accuracy.

While the Axcess guitar sports what looks from the front to be a traditional Les Paul neck joint, the neck heel and portions of the back and neck joint at the upper cutaway have been contoured to provide a "heelless" feel and an unimpeded reach right up to the 22nd fret. No more stretching against the traditional neck heel to achieve the upper-fret access that your lead style demands”the Axcess guitar gives you that sought-after Les Paul playability all the way up the neck, and welcomes you to take it right over the top.

To further enhance playing comfort, this smoothly carved neck joint is joined by a "belly scarf" (a.k.a. ribcage contour) that allows the body of the guitar to hug closely to your own body in the playing position without digging in. Add to these contours the Les Paul Axcess guitar's slightly thinner body, made from weight-relieved mahogany (with carved maple top), and you've also got a Les Paul guitar that is refreshingly light, and a pure joy to play either strapped on or seated.

Beyond all these significant considerations for playing feel, the Les Paul Axcess Standard is also geared toward optimum tone, as you'd expect from any Gibson Custom Shop creation. Exposed-coil BurstBucker 1 and BurstBucker 2 pickups in the neck and bridge positions”the most accurate reproduction vintage-PAF-style humbucker pickups Gibson has ever offered ‐ yield everything from warm, fluid vocal tones to fat, sweet growl. 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. Even the pure-nickel wound .010 Gibson Vintage Strings the Axcess guitar ships with contribute toward its rich, textured voice.

Being a product of the Gibson Custom Shop, the Les Paul Axcess is a guitar built to the highest standards attainable, which include a final set-up and fret dressing by the computer-controlled PLEK System.

All Les Paul Standard necks receive precision fret dressing and setup with the 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.

Each Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard guitar also comes with a Custom Shop hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity.


Body Style: Les Paul
Body: Weight-relieved Mahogany back with belly scarf
Top: Carved maple

Neck: 1-piece set mahogany
Neck profile: Rounded Neck profile with contoured heel cut
Peghead Pitch: 17 degrees
Neck joint Location: 19th fret
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale length: 24-3/4"
No. of frets: 22
Nut: R4 locking
Neck inlays: Pearloid trapezoid

Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: Floyd Rose tremolo
Knobs: Gold
Tuners: Kluson

Neck Pickup: Burstbucker 1
Bridge Pickup: Burstbucker 2
Controls: Two Volume, Two Tone, (push/pull switch treble pickup tone for coil splitting), 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector

Case: Custom Shop hardshell
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Unusual, but Awesome

By M.J.

from Reno, NV

This guitar, with the atypical nut and bridge, would be ideal for travelling musicians as it combines the world's best model guitar with increadible flexibility. Although some would say that the unusual hardware takes away from what many consider the foundation of the Les Paul's strength, it is nevertheless an excellant guitar.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A Good Try For Gibson

By John Cooper

from Atlanta, GA

My friend let me borrow this guitar, and I've borrowed it a while I'd say, as I've had it for a couple of years. In the style I play, I need a guitar with great tone, versatility, and uninhibited range to the upper frets, and this guitar does a decent job at it. The tone part of the deal was what you would expect from a Gibson, nothing wrong there. As for the other features such as the different neck joint and the Floyd Rose, I thought that it could of been better. The neck joint didn't really catch my attention at first, I didn't even notice from playing other Gibsons, but it is a little different. It's easier to play on the higher frets, but not that much easier. The Floyd Rose cavity isn't routed that deep at all. It looks like it was just put there for tuning stability, rather than tremolo purposes. This guitar looks like Gibson's attempt at a shredding guitar, but if that's what you're looking for, you're better off getting an Ibanez, or other shred guitar, and changing the pickups. It'll save your wallet as well.

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