Product Review: Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess

Product Review: Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess

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Built to handle the diverse performance demands of the Rush frontman, this LP covers sonic territory well beyond the capabilities of ordinary guitars.

Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Royal Crimson

In his work with Rush from the '70s to today, Alex Lifeson has redefined the boundaries of progressive rock guitar. Embodying far more than that genre label often implies, Lifeson's playing soars beyond the drama and the bluster to reveal truly stunning virtuosity that has been praised and admired by fans—and players—of all stripes, and has landed him in the upper echelon of performance artists as a result. Created through extensive work with Alex Lifeson himself, the Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess similarly redefines the boundaries of the classic Les Paul guitar: packed in a single remarkable instrument, this Gibson guitar carries all of the traditional tones that have made the Les Paul legendary, along with unprecedented levels of sonic and performance versatility.

In addition to its traditional Les Paul tonewoods, the Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess guitar carries two high-output humbucking pickups with series/parallel wiring options via its push-pull volume controls, and a Floyd Rose-licensed locking tremolo 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 with 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 Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess still presents that timeless Les Paul look that has remained a classic for more than 50 years—with the addition of a modern-shaped heel allowing easier access to the upper frets. The Axcess comes in your choice of two stunning colors—Viceroy Brown and Royal Crimson—both approved by Alex Lifeson himself, and both resplendent atop a stunningly figured maple top.

Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Viceroy Brown

The Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess is available through the Musician’s Friend Private Reserve Guitar collection. Call a Guitar Advisor at 866-926-1923 to select a specific instrument. Our Advisors will be happy to give you an in-hand tone report, provide detailed photos or schedule a Skype audition before you place your order. The weight and serial number for each available instrument is posted on the product page.

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