Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rush: Gibson launches Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess guitar


In his work with Rush from the '70s to today, Alex Lifeson has redefined the boundaries of progressive rock guitar. Embodying far more than that genre label often implies, Lifeson's playing 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, and has landed him in the upper echelon of performance artists as a result.

Created through extensive work with Alex Lifeson himself, the Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess similarly redefines the boundaries of the classic Les Paul: packed in a single remarkable instrument, this guitar carries all of the traditional tones that have made the Les Paul legendary, along with unprecedented levels of sonic and performance versatility.

In addition to its traditional Les Paul tonewoods, the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess carries two high-output humbucking pickups with series/parallel wiring options via its push-pull volume controls series/parallel options on 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.

All this, and the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess still presents that timeless Les Paul look that has remained a classic for more than 50 years, in your choice of two stunning colors — Viceroy Brown and Royal Crimson — both approved by the artist himself, and both resplendent atop a stunningly figured maple top.

The first 50 guitars in this special run (25 in each finish) will be signed by the artist himself, with unsigned models to follow, so reserve yours now at your authorized Gibson dealer.

For more information, check out Gibson guitars here.

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See also:

Rush documentary wins Golden Reel Award
Rush: Moving Pictures 5.1 surround package details
Rush: Moving Pictures 5.1 surround due April 5?
Rush producer confirms plans for Vapor Trails remix
Rush working on 5.1 surround sound mix of Moving Pictures
Rush: Neil Peart talks new book and forthcoming DVD