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Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar  

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  • Body style: Les Paul
  • Body: weight-relieved mahogany back with belly scarf
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A Gibson Les Paul for the new millennia upgraded with hotter pickups for even more tonal combinations.

The Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard electric guitar carries all the elegant styling, fluid body lines, and rocking attitude of a classic Les Paul Standard guitar from the golden era of 1958 to '60. The Gibson 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 Gibson Les Paul 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 Gibson 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, the Gibson Les Paul's smoothly carved neck joint is joined by a "belly scarf" (a.k.a. ribcage contour) that allows the body of the Les Paul 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.

The Gibson Les Paul Axcess now comes juiced with two super hot Gibson pickups, the 498T and the 496R. These forces to reckoned with pickups yield numerous tonal opportunities and can help drive your favorite amp to ultra crunch and scorching — leads in addition to providing ballsy blues tones, warm, fluid vocal tones, snappy country, and fat — sweet growls. Instead of just being able to split both pickups at the same time with one push/pull (like the original LP Axcess configuration), you can now "split" each guitar pickup separately by pulling up either the rhythm or treble tone knob which allows you to blend "single coil" tones with full humbucking tones. This gives 2 more pickup settings than the original Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard configuration thereby providing a wider array of tones. Simply pull up the treble and/or rhythm tone control knobs to "axcess" single coil tones and experiment with combining full humbucking with single coil tones, etc;hellip:

Being a product of the Gibson Custom Shop, the Les Paul Axcess is an electric 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 Gibson 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 custom shop certificate of authenticity.


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Features
  • Body
  • Body style: Les Paul
  • Body: weight-relieved mahogany back with belly scarf
  • Top: carved figured maple
  • Neck
  • Neck: 1-piece set mahogany
  • Neck profile: rounded neck profile with contoured heel cut
  • Peghead pitch: 17 degrees
  • Neck joint location: 16th fret
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Nut: R4 locking
  • No. Of frets: 22
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Neck inlays: pearloid trapezoid
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose tremolo
  • Knobs: gold top hats
  • Tuners: vintage tulip
  • Electronics
  • Neck pickup: 496R humbucker
  • Bridge pickup: 498T humbucker
  • Controls: two volume, two tone, (push/pull switch treble pickup tone for series/parallel coil splitting), 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Other
  • Case: Gibson Custom Shop hardshell
  • Additional: certificate of authenticity

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Gibson CustomLes Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

Les Paul Axcess with Floyd Rose

Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar:

The Axcess has about the same playing feel as my Gibson 1991 LP Standard. They are very similar in tone. The Axcess has slightly more focus in the upper mid-range, where the 1991 has slightly more low-end and depth.

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5.0

Great gigger

By michman

from midwest

Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar:

I own Strats, Les Pauls, as well as some PRS models. I've put coil splitting in most of my humbuckers. When you switch to single coil, there is always a volume drop-off, due to the pickup windings. PRS solved this with the 408, which I have. No volume drop off. What I don't like about Strats and PRS guitars is the location of the volume pot. I play lead around the bridge a lot, so I often inadvertently hit the volume knob, which is why I like the location of the knobs much better on the Gibsons. With this LP Axess guitar, I get the best of both worlds...great humbucker and single coil sounds, avoidance of the volume pot, a great trem and nice modified neck access. I'm just mulling over getting the one with the piezo vs without piezo. Either way, a great guitar. Anytime I can bring only one main guitar to a gig, the better.

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5.0

OMG!!!!

Pros

  • FLOYD ROSE
  • Heel Joint
  • Plek'd Neck
  • Tone

Cons

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    Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar:

    Was a bit skeptical of the thinned out body and Floyd Rose routing. But WOW, tone is not a compromise. Custom Shop has outdone themselves on this one. They keep all the best features of the Les Paul with upgrades that make an icon even better. I own an '09 traditional that has been my tone king, this eats it alive. Kudos. Love this guitar.

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    5.0

    Les Paul Axcess stoptail

    By craig infeld

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar:

    Fantastic instrument! Love the scarf and cutaway heel,this is the lightest Paul I have and it sounds better at 7lbs than my 9lb 7oz R7. It ihas a very open and expressive sound and the neck is my favorite of all my guitars.The build quality is flawless and the finish is magnificent.The set up is right there,I couldn't be happier

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    5.0

    Best Guitar in the World!

    By Jeff-KUCU4

    from Selma, TX

    Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar:

    I have a 2008 Les Paul Standard and the Les Paul Axcess. I hardly ever play my standard anymore. The guitar just shreds. The contours on the neck and body are super. I love the coil splitting option and the floyd is fabulous. Gibson should have done this a long time ago.

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    5.0

    This guitar is extremely impressive

    Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar:

    I just bought my Gibson Les Paul Axcess, and man let me tell you that this ax is awesome. The action on it is perfect, the split coil switch is fun, the Floyd Rose tremolo performs excellent, and the carving on the back heel for hitting those high notes is such a great feature. I did notice one minor problem with it, when you split the pickups from humbucker to single coil the volume of the single coils does reduce a bit, but other than that I am way more than satisfied with my Les Paul Axcess. Some have said that the neck pickup is weak and what not, but all you have to do is adjust the pickup by screwing it a little higher and problem solved, 30 second solution. That's what I did and now it's perfectly balanced and ready to rock. I hope more fellow colleagues and rock icons start using them because the Gibson Les Paul Axcess is one of the greatest guitars Gibson has ever come up with.

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    5.0

    Pretty Nice

    By Teleman14-LCP_3

    from Birmingham, AL

    Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar:

    O.K... let me start off saying i have always been a fender person. i am a tele guy and will always be, but this guitar is amazing. i picked it up in a shop this week and was shocked. it didnt seem to be to heavy to me, but to me friend, it was heavy (because he plays a chambered body sg.) but, still really nice guitar. the trem. is really nice. i love tremolos. in fact, i even had one put on my tele. this les paul trem. holds tune very well, and was just over all a very nice addition to the les paul. the humbuckers are actually pretty decent. i really dont like humbuckers, except for grestch and prs ones, but i was shocked to find that i liked the tone of these pups. all in all, a nice guitar, but just a bit pricey.

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