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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  • Your review has me drooling to buy one of these killer looking axes, but it’s out of my price range. Curious what you think of the Epiphone versions of the same Gibson models.

  • Nick

    It’s a sick guitar. I agree it’s pretty pricey and out of most people price range but financing makes it easier to afford it. It’s funny some Epiphone models actually better feeling then some Gibson models, you just have to play a bunch of them to find the sweet ones. Normally its the neck that has a lot to do with it. As far as tone goes you can just put the same Seymour Duncan pickups in there and hopefully match the wood type and you will never know the difference. Gibson models are more precisely put together and have more expensive parts but all in all it’s really about what feels and sounds good to you.

  • Cory

    Now if they only made one with a 25.5 scale length…

  • yeah 25.5 scale with 24 frets would set it over the top.

  • if there’s something like perfection this must be it…it’s expensive but you can’t expect this quality to come cheap. I would like to thank everyone at Gibson..
    One thing about the locking-nut: maybe it’s best to change the M4 Allen-head bolts for regular M4 Hex-bolts and replace them everytime you change your strings because because they lose their strenght very fast. Nonetheless this guitar is awesome and one of my best buys ever..

  • Joe

    Please note that the Les Paul Axcess does not come with Seymour Duncan pickups. They come with Gibson’s 496R and 498T pickups.

  • Both the guitar shop and the Gibson representative confirmed the Seymour Duncan’s can be installed at the factory upon request. The Gibson 496R and 498T are factory pickup models, however Seymour Duncan pickups are an option from Gibson.

  • Jimi

    Left hand version???

  • I tried a left handed Axcess in my local store, although it didn’t have the Floyd. http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/left_guitars_detail.asp?stock=10051915424629

    Honestly I didn’t think much of it. It sounded great, but it felt really cheap in my hands and the glossy neck was super sticky (and huge!).

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