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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 L...Click To Read More About This Product

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The ultimate player's guitar with optimum playability, maximum access, and unparalleled tone.

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
  • Body Style: Les Paul
  • Body: Weight-relieved Mahogany back with belly scarf
  • Top: Carved maple
  • Neck
  • 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
  • Electronics
  • 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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I own it

By NoelLevrahc

from Chattanooga, TN

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A very nice addition to the Les Paul family. I have been a long time Les Paul player, and also a great fan of the Floyd Rose system. Bringing these two together is a match made in rock and roll. The comfort of the contoured body makes for hours of effortless playing. I put a set of SIT 9-46 strings on my Gray beauty and it came to life. My only negative is the bridge burstbucker pickup. It is a 70s style pickup. So if you are into classic rock it is what you want. I am going to change this out to probably a Duncan custom 5 to get more "sound" out of this guitar. I must say the plex system is amazing. After stringing this LP with the SITs, I have abused it with the floyd rose and have had zero tuning problems. I set the guitar up to my liking and it plays like a dream. I have tried readjusting the bridge pickup a few times. It sounds OK, even good at times, but I know this guitar has better sound capabilites. A great addition to my clan of guitars. Hard to put this one down.The price is a little steep, but this is a custom shop quality guitar and it is worth it.


blast from the past

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Funny how things like this keep coming in and out of style. Neal Schon from journey used one almost exactly like this on most of his recordings and live shows, especially from the "Escape" album. this isn't a new idea, but i'm glad its come back. that being said, the bridge pickup is severely lacking in character. the burstbuckers just don't do it for me. they are okay on an overdrive channel, but clean, they lack sensitivity and any particular EQ curve. Its a very pretty guitar to look at, and for that I give it an A+.



By MidiMan-LZw3e

from Greensboro, NC

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I bought this guitar about a month ago. It has become my main guitar. I own severl les paul's, fender strats one with a floyd, a couple prs, Howerd Roberts, CS339, and this guitar is awesome. It is a modern guitar design.


Mid Life Crisis

By 2nd Chance

from Baxter, Kentucky

Bought one of these in March 2009. I've alwaysbeen a Strat man, still am. Had a Les PaulStandard bout 25 years ago and wasn't satisfiedat all. Some of my friends are die hard LP player/owners, and said i should get one. I looked long and hard for one that would fit the bill. The LP Axcess had the tremolo I wanted and I liked the trimmed down body contours. Against my better judgement, I bought this guitar without trying it. I must say overall, I'm satisfied with it. Gibson did a great job on filing down the sharp edges and removing the excess weight, without much change to the tone. Love the figured top with Ice Tea Burst. Not crazy bout the Burst Buckers though. I'm thinking bout having some WB hand wounds put in. I Gave a value rating of less than five causeI think it's a bit over-priced, all Gibsons for that matter. If you are looking for a LP with atremolo that stays in tune... "You Cant Beat a Floyd Rose". Despite the pain when adjusting them.


The Only Guitar Needed!!!

By The Kinesiologist

from New Bruncswick, Canada

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I am pleased to announce I have the pleasure of owning one of these. I have both collection status Les Paul's and SG's and I have to say, if you have ever loved both guitars and wanted something that could bridge the comfort with quality, this guitar does. I switched out the pichups to Seymour D's (Pearly Gates), sounds amazing and clears up that quality issue someone has with the clean position.


Les Floyd


from Dallas Texas

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I had the pleasure of playing this guitar a few days ago. It played like a Les Paul with a Floyd rose. It was so out of tune, I couldn't play it cause I didn't have an allen wrench. Over all, would I pay full price for this guitar, no. If you do, your an idiot. I mean thirty five hundred dollars for a two thousand dollar guitar with a Floyd Rose? I mean Gibson needs to lower the price on all their guitars, and this one is no exception. Great guitar, easy shred, but not worth the money. Get a ESP LTD EC-1000 FR. Even comes with EMG's.


This Les is more!

By StudioBill

from Detroit

A friend of mine bought a Les Paul 08 Standard. He brought it over to my studio and let me try it I liked it a lot. It sounded really nice thru my Soldano SLO100. But some was missing. So I went to Gibson's website and found the Axcess. It had what was missing for me a Floyd Rose. I ordered the guitar without playing one. The color of the one I have is Fire Tiger(trans red). A limited run color. I just love this guitar. My favorite in my collection. It sounds incredable and has awesome sustain. This thing stays in tune even after beating the heck out of the tremolo. My friend with the Les Paul standard said it plays more like his PRS than his Les Paul. I wasn't completely thrilled about the Burstbuckers though. I have since put in a Dimarzio Steve's Special in the bridge and Evolution in the neck. Now I have the perfect guitar for me. I sold 5 other guitars to pay for this one and I haven't looked back. I absolutely love this guitar.


Sexy looks with a killer finish...

By the Les Paul bandit

from Toronto Canada - THE GREAT WHITE NORTH!

Over all a beautifully finished and thought out LP. The neck joint is like butter and the body contours are fantastic. The hollowed out body makes this axe really light, and not what I had expected next to my other 'Pauls. The coil tap is a nice feature and certainly varies the sound options, giving super cleans when needed at the sacrifice of output level. The pots are a little stiffer than I like, but that isn't something that a few hours of volume swells won't fix. The authentic Floyd stays in tune, and the looks fantastic (although it is silver, so it will eventually get pitted...I guess to age with the rest of the guitar!). My only gripe with thhe guitar are the pickups. Burst Buckers #1 and #2. They aren't hot enough for my set up as all my other guitars use EMGs. I won't be changing my entire setup for the gibson p/ups. Over all, a fantastic guitar with a well thought out body style. BODY: 10/10NECK: 11/10 <-- is that possible? based on an eighties profile neck with an easier access upper register! This may not be for everyone.STRINGS: Gibson vintage 10's (swapped out for EB 9's) so no comment.FLOYD: original, double lockingPLEK SETUP: wasn't for meINCLUDES: COA, care kit, CS hard case, whammy, cable, instructions, literature.



By Swannie

from Augusta, GA

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this seems amazing. a les paul with a floyd?! DREAM GUITAR. Now for those who need convincing i just saw Styx from the front row. Tommy Shaw was using this guitar. I know, i touched it. If its good enough for Tommy, its good enough for me :).


Axcess Tone

By Fixerman

from Idaho

If you want vintage rock tone with the addition of killer dive bomb tremolo effects, then this one is a must have. Right out of the case I was shredding anything and everything with ease through my 6505+. The action is incredible and nothing stays in tune like a Floyd. Come on, it is a Gibson Custom Shop Guitar so it has to be good. The price is appropriate for what you get with this guitar. This is my first real Les Paul because of the FR bridge. Being able to single coil the pickups is way cool too. There are not very many more versatile guitars on the market.

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