Gibson announced earlier this month that they would be releasing a new signature series guitar, the Alex Lifeson Signature Les Paul Axcess. In remaining with the Gibson tradition, they followed the famed player’s specifications to a fine detail and his request that only the best materials be used, said the company. In their announcement they said that the first 50 produced will be personally signed by the author. The Axcess only comes in two colors, Viceroy Brown, and Royal Crimson, Alex will sign 25 of each color.
The guitar’s body has a single solid piece of mahogany in the back and the top is crafted from Maple. The neck is mortise and tenon connected and has a traditional truss adjustment rod. The rosewood fingerboard has 22 medium sized frets, and pearl inlays in trapezoid shapes. The nut is a Floyd Rose R4 locker, and has a licensed Floyd Rose Graph Tech Ghost bridge next to it. The headstock is the Gibson standard Les Paul shape, and has a bell shaped truss rod cover, and vintage style 14:1 tuners. There are push/pull potentiometers for volume adjustments, this allows for serial/parallel switching between the pickups, and dual output jacks. The series/parallel wiring scheme allows for blending of clean and distorted sounds. The pickups are the 496R humbucking at the neck and the 498T at the bridge, also humbucking.
There are two different prices for the Gibson’s, signed and unsigned. An unsigned version in either color has an MSPR of $6115, and the signed version retails for $9174. The Axcess comes protected in a specially designed hard shell case, a certificate of authenticity, and Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Service Guarantee. Gibson also maintains 24/7 customer service year round. The company has yet to announce the exact date of the release of the Axcess, and their website still has the “Coming Soon” sign still up, but speculation by retailers is that it could come out with the kick-off of their summer tour in Ft. Lauderdale at the end of this month.