Review: Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar

The Gibson Les Paul is Revered For it’s Classic Style and Versatile Tone

Ah, The sustainListen to it…

The Gibson Guitar Corporation is an American manufacturer of guitars. Gibson also builds: Epiphone, Kramer, Valley Arts, Tobias, Steinberger, and Kalamazoo guitars.

Company founder Orville Gibson made mandolins in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the late 1890s. He invented arch top guitars by using the same type of carved, arched tops found on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars.  In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar and its most popular guitar to date—the Les Paul.

Off the Rack

Finally Gibson has created the perfect guitar. The Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose tremolo is just what the doctor ordered. It gives you all the classic Les Paul style, tone and feel with the added locking tremolo system. In my opinion, this guitar is the whole package. Amazing tone with the ability to utilize whammy techniques and keep perfect tune-age!

The Specs

  • The one-piece, 24 3/4″ scale length, mahogany neck
  • 22-fret rosewood fret board
  • Medium frets
  • weight-relieved mahogany body
  • Carved maple top
  • Les Paul Axcess’s slightly thinner body
  • Contoured joint
  • Seymour Duncan Pickups (59’ Jazz)
  • Sunburst or Gun metal Grey finishes
  • 3-way selector switch

The Low Down

This Les Paul is nothing short of miraculous! For Les Paul players who are looking for an extra bite or a more aggressive attack, this is the guitar for you. For many years, you could only utilize the Floyd Rose system with a specific kind of guitar. Those type of guitars are awesome in their own right, but nothing beats the tone of a Les Paul. Now Gibson has combined the best of both worlds. The Les Paul tone is slightly modified because the strings are not in the usual Tune-o-matic position. But this guitar still packs all the classic crunch that you have come to know and love.  An easy A+ in my book.

Pros: It’s a Les Paul, Floyd Rose, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Slightly lighter body.

Cons: Pricey but it’s a Les Paul.

MSRP – $3449.99

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding.

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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