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Humbucker, single-coil, and acoustic tones along with Floyd Rose trem, highlight this progressive rock guitar.

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.

  • 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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THE Swiss Army Knife Guitar!!

By Billiards

from Strasburg, Va

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


  • It Is Pricey

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Rocking Guitar

    By Sledge65

    from Philly

    About Me Experienced


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


      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.


      Incredible Guitar

      By MC

      from Denver, CO

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      Verified Buyer


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


      • 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)


      Fantastic LP

      By Mark B

      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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      A Work of Guitar Art

      By LP GT Man

      from E. Brookfield, Massachusetts

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

      Like I said above. This is the nicest Les Paul I have ever owned and I have owned some beauties. Everything about this guitar is a guitar lover's dream. This axe delivers class Les Paul tones. Dont let anyone especially the so called purist cork sniffers on the Gear pages deceive you into thinking that a Floyd Rose equipped Lester is somehow impure or less than a standard bridge in tone. Nothing could be further from the truth. I AB'd my Les Paul Custom against this guitar and they both have equal luscious warm Gibson tone.
      This is the most beautiful guitar I have ever owned and I have owned many Les Pauls and currently have 6 in my collection. This guitar has a lot of thought and craftmanship that went into it. The quartersawn mahogany neck, one piece mahogany back and high quality figured maple top combine to deliver a warm yet biting tone with lots of depth. Features? This guitar does it all from coil splitting to full humbucker and even realistic acoustic tones from the Ghost Piezo FR bridge. Then of course the belly scarf and the routing at the heal of the neck joint are very nice features of this guitar. Tones can be blended either humbucker with single coil or humbucker with Piezo acoustic or single coil with piezo pickup. Each level can be individually set as the piezo is controlled by the bridge pickup's tone knob and each humbucker's volume controls are push/pull for coil splitting.
      This guitar screams Quality. I am a Quality Professional and understand Quality when I see it. This guitar is the highest quality instrument I have ever played. The fret work is impeccable with all rounded edges. The frets are dressed with the Gibson Plek system which does an incredible job and delivers a fret job that makes lower action set ups possible. The Floyd Rose/Graphtec Piezo bridge is awesome quality and will last for years. The figured maple top is beautiful and the woods are the highest quality. The top on my guitar is ViceRoy brown and is highly figured with a near perfect bookmatch. The pictures do not do this guitar justice. Gibson Custom Shop quality through and through...made in the USA baby!
      This guitar is expensive and took a good chunk out of my checking account. Let me tell ya...it was worth every penny. This guitar is great value for the money. However, a more realistic price for what you actually get would be $2500-$2900. I obviously paid for the Alex Lifeson name and for the experience of owning and playing a guitar designed by Alex. You could argue price points but all and all the $3999 that this axe sells for is worth it.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


      Lifeson Axcess in Viceroy Brown

      By James Hohner

      from NJ

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

      I am very pleased with this one and in fact I am looking at getting a axcess custom.
      A bit pricey but a great deal can be had on a gently used one .
      I bought this used from MF about 2 months ago. First off I got a great deal,and the way they graded the useage on this guitar was very generous to the buyer. This guitar had a few very minor flaws and in fact probably only one of them is noticeable at all . As for the Guitar it is awesome the fit and finish are very hi quality and it is very comfortable .From the thinner body and contour to the neck joint and the neck profile it is all there. The flame top on mine is beautiful with full flame from edge to edge. The tone is great I like the sound of this over my studio and my classic and my brothers classic antique.The floyd bridge stays in tune well and is at a comfortable position to rest your palm on. The coil tapping feature is fabulous and opens up a whole new world of sound . One of my favorites is the neck pu in single coil with the piezo mixed in at half volume . This produces a very nice clean acoustic chimey sound. The bridge pu in hum mode is classic LP very nice . For those who say a LP with a floyd lacks sustain think again and try this one out. The only two things I would like better is if the floyd was not flaoting,I may look into blocking it but the piezo wires are in the way. Also I wish Gibson could come up with a better finish for the back of the neck. The back of the neck gets sticky (all LP do this ) maybe a flat finish on the back of the neck would help this .
      Like I said fit and finsh are great but could be better. Like where the binding meets the body could be dressed better. The joint can be felt with my finger as well as the neck to body joint.
      MF rules. Great deal and free overnight shipping on this one sealed the deal.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



      By mark solie

      from Ft. Campbell

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

      True work of art.... I have number 30 off the line. have been life long Alex fan but It does not matter if his name is on this, it still is one awesome guitar! yes you pay more for it but I got mine at a good price for the particular one I got. this is my first Les and I'm 42 now, and I can clearly see what I have been missing! what an awakening! The intonation is so spot on that I wan't to junk my other guitars now! from the sound to playability for me is truly a factor for inspiration......don't pay more for other customs this is all you will need in a Gibson I bet.....I really can't say to much about this instrument! Thanks for a premo rock guitar Gibson, just start putting stainless frets on all your high end guitars so we really can get the best guitars off the line from you.
      of course to expensive like all Guitars

      (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


      The ultimate modern Les Paul! Thank you Gibson!

      By John Lill

      from San Diego, CA

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

      This is a wonderful guitar and if you can afford it, it's a must own. I am already looking to buy another in Crimson. I used to think a Floyd Rose on a Les Paul was sacrilegious but this has proved me wrong. It's everything thrown into one guitar with awesome tone to boot!
      The neck is so welcoming on this that it is the easiest Les Paul I've ever played and I currently have a 58 reissue, Trad Pro and a Beano. Wonderful sculpting and flame make this instantly attractive and the ability to split the coils give you ultimate diversity in playing. The piezo added gives that Lifeson sound that instantly brings smiles.
      Wonderful fit and finish. My wife is not a guitar player but she is amazed at it's beauty. It's solidly built with great weight to it so it feels like a true Les Paul.
      With the Les Paul Axcess standard retailing a little less than this one is offered at, you get a lot of upgrades for the extra money. The addition of the piezo, splitting pick-ups, custom shop quality and the Life-o-sound jack make this an easy sell.

      (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


      I'm not Worthy

      By Paul-Saftl

      from Chicago - N. Suburbs

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

      I'm a Lifelong Lifeson fan, if Alex says it is good I instantly believe him, the Les Paul has such a chunky, detailed sound, I have tried it against the PRSs and the MusicMans and other dual Hbucker axes and it always comes out ahead. The Floyd Rose is a no brainer, I have a Kahler on my 80's Explorer and it is very tempermental, could be its age, I had it installed in 83. Lifeson has done as much or more to pioneer rock & Roll with his Gibson's than anyone, I was completely stoked when he put down his PRS. PRS is a Lexus and a real man wants a musclecar. Bravo Alex!

      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


      The Most Awesome Sound

      By John-Z5Mom

      from California

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

      I just got my Signed #36 from MF and I can't stop playing it. It is by far the most awesome sounding, easiest playing Les Paul I have ever played and now have!The sound that comes out of this thing is amazing. The notes ring clear and sustain for ever, even if you play it un-plugged.The acoustic sound that the Graph Tech Floyd Rose puts out is beautiful and when you combine it with the magnetic pickups it turns it into a FIre Breathing Beast when you run it through your Gain Channel. When you play it clean it sounds like you're in heaven.WOW is all I can say...Thank You Alex for envisioning and Gibson for bringing this guitar to life. This is basically what I have been wanting to be able to do with my guitars all my life.

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