Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Standard Axcess Outfit, Viceroy Brown
In his work with Rush, Alex Lifeson has redefined the boundaries of progressive rock guitar, with playing that 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. Created through extensive work with Alex Lifeson and Gibson, Epiphone's Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard similarly redefines the boundaries of the classic Les Paul in an accessible package.
This guitar carries all of the traditional tones that have made the Les Paul legendary, along with unprecedented levels of sonic and performance versatility. The Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard carries powerful Epiphone Ceramic Pro neck and ProBucker 3 bridge pickups with coil-splitting options via their push-pull volume controls and a Graph Tech Ghost Floyd Rose system that not only provides the world's most efficient vibrato but is also loaded with Ghost piezo bridge saddles. Access traditional magnetic humbucker tones, mix it up with coil-split 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. You can route it all through a traditional mono jack or use two cables for individual magnetic and piezo outputs. All this and the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard still presents that timeless Les Paul look that has remained a classic for more than 60 years.
An EpiLite case is also included.
- NECK NECK
- Material Mahogany
- Profile Lifeson profile
- Scale Length 24.724"
- Fingerboard Material Indian Laurel, Cream binding
- Fingerboard Radius 12"
- Number Of Frets 22
- Frets Medium Jumbo
- Nut Material Floyd Rose® R4 Locking Nut
- Nut Width 1.687"
- Inlays Trapezoid
- Joint Glued in; Set Neck, Axcess Contour Heel
- BODY BODY
- Body Shape Les Paul
- Body Material Mahogany
- Top Carved Maple with AAA Flame Maple veneer
- Back Comfort-Carve Belly Scarf
- Binding Cream
- Finish Gloss
- HARDWARE HARDWARE
- Finish Nickel
- Tuner Plating Nickel
- Bridge Graph Tech® Ghost® Tremolo
- Tuning Machines Epiphone Deluxe with Keystone buttons
- TrussRod Dual Action
- Truss Rod Cover 2-ply, trimmed short, with Alex Lifeson Signature
- Control Knobs Gold Top Hats with Ridged Tops
- Switch Tip Cream
- Switchwasher Cream
- Control Covers Black; PVC
- Strap Buttons 2 - bottom and shoulder
- Mounting Rings Cream
- Pickup Covers Nickel
- ELECTRONICS ELECTRONICS
- Neck Pickup Epiphone Ceramic Pro™
- Bridge Pickup Epiphone ProBucker™ 3
- Controls Neck Volume, Bridge Volume - each with push/pull coil split, Piezo Volume with push/pull on/off, Master Tone
- Pickup Selector 3-way Epiphone toggle
- Output Jack Dual output jacks for combined or independent magnetic/piezo outputs
- MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS
- Strings .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
- Case EpiLite Les Paul
No upgrades available
I already have the Gibson version of this guitar and it is as good as that one. The flamed maple veneer is better than my Gibson one and the guitar compares very nicely. The sounds are very good and I love the Piezo pickup and the sound it gives out. It arrived in tune and ready to plug in straight away. Epiphone are really pushing Gibson in quality, sound and value for money. I would highly recommend anyone to play this guitar. I know that these are very difficult to get hold of at the moment but I believe more are being made.
Great value for money - however, guitar didn't work immediately as the battery was flat and this appears to stop the magnetic pickups working too (perhaps that should be addressed as if it happens part way through a gig, you are really stuffed!). More of a concern is that the bridge wouldn't return to its original position and 'sqeaked' - on closer inspection the tremolo arm housing was catching on the side of the routed hole in the body - I had to remove the bridge and sand away the lacquer and paint from inside - this is clearly a tolerance problem in manufacture (I guess I've messed up any warranty but the guitar was unusable without doing this) - overall, once these issues were sorted, the guitar was great with good sonic options - well worth the money. From a personal perspective I would like to see heavier gauge frets (just so it matches my other guitars :-)) On another point - but not a criticism, I use gauge 9 strings and I had to do rather a lot of rebalancing when restringing (to be expected) - tuning is still a little flakey but that is typical for this type of bridge - I am going to fit a Rockinger Black box to stabilise it. I did try and fit a drop D - which works but you can't swap tuning back and forth without a stabiliser as the bridge is floating. (Perhaps consider locking the bridge from from pulling up?) Well done Epiphone - a great product at a sensible price - just a battery circuit issue and routing tolerance to adjust and its 5 stars!!!!