Gibson Les Paul Axcess Signed Alex Lifeson – Crimson

Gibson Les Paul Axcess Signed Alex Lifeson 2012 – Crimson Red Signed # 47

Alex Lifeson Axcess

 

For over 40 years, Rush has been pushing the boundaries of progressive rock music with complex song structures, rippin' solo's, and killer riffs. Behind all that awesome guitar playing over the years has been founding member Alex Lifeson. Lifeson has teamed up with Gibson to release his signature Les Paul Axcess model, a guitar that is built to do it all. Featuring the traditional Les Paul tonewoods of mahogany, maple, and rosewood, the guitar has some unusual modifications to make it a Les Paul unlike any other.

The Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess carries two high-output humbucking pickups with series/parallel wiring options via its push-pull volume controls, and a Floyd Rose® licensed unit 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 from 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.

 

Whatever features you pack into an instrument, any truly great guitar still begins with the wood. To give the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess the best possible foundation, Gibson Custom works with premium woods that are selected for their sublime look as well as their superior resonant qualities. The two-piece top is carved from beautifully figured maple, and joined to a solid, one-piece mahogany back. This classic combination presents all the depth and richness married to lively snap and bite that Les Pauls have been known for six decades.

A quarter-sawn mahogany neck is joined to the body with a glued-in long-tenon joint, and topped with a traditional rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and pearloid trapezoid inlays, just the way it's been done since 1952. Kluson-style tuners with pearloid keystone buttons add to the vintage vibe at the headstock end, but down south the electronics and hardware take this guitar into another millennium.

Recognized as the most efficient and effective vibrato system available, the Floyd Rose® licensed vibrato on this tone machine doesn't stop at smooth wobbles and soaring divebombs with unparalleled in-tune performance, but adds the boundless potential of GraphTech™ Ghost® bridge saddles, too. Comprised of six independent piezo pickups loaded into the bridge saddles, the Ghost® equips the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess for astoundingly realistic plugged-in acoustic guitar tones.

Controlled by its own push/pull volume control (which acts as a kill switch when pulled up), the GraphTech™ Ghost® can be played independently, or blended with the guitar's potent traditional magnetic humbucking pickups—and what a set of pickups they are! Mixing a ceramic-magnet 496R in the neck position with a hot-Alnico 498T in the bridge, this set conjures up an astounding array of vintage and contemporary tones, and ups the ante considerably with series/parallel switching accessed via the guitar's push-pull volume pots. From smooth and creamy to snarling and aggressive, with plenty of sweet and mellow in between, it's all right here in the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess.