Gibson has just announced its Dave Amato Les Paul Axcess Standard Boston Sunset Fade model, combining a a ’59 Reissue with a Les Paul Axcess.
This Custom Shop Guitar melds Dave Amato’s two favourite Les Paul models into one instrument. Gibson has aimed for the classic ’59 looks and feel, but with a Floyd Rose trem system and the Axcess’s swept neck heel, revised back contours and an Apex headstock carve. That figured top comes in a Boston Sunset Fade traditional nitro cellulose finish. The neck comes with a White Ebony fingerboard and has an extra-chunky profile. This signature model has the traditional mahogany neck and back, but the guitar body has those Axcess back contours and so should be a little lighter than a regular ‘full fat’ ’59 Les Paul.
’57 Classic Plus
The guitar comes loaded with a pair of ’57 Classic Plus humbuckers. Combined with that Floyd Rose bridge, they should be able to let this guitar scream when needed. With its medium jumbo frets and standard control layout, this guitar will feel like a Les Paul, but that trem system is will make it stand out from the crowd.
I think it looks a little more versatile than the recent Joe Perry Gold Rush Signature model announced last month, seeing as it has two humbuckers instead of one. The Floyd Rose is a fun trem system to play with, especially if you like to dive bomb!
The guitar ships in a Gibson Custom Shop Brown/Pink case and includes a Dave Amato Certificate of Authenticity. You can hear the guitar in action being played by Dave in the official Gibson demo video below. For full specifications you can also follow my link to the Gibson site.
After the somewhat embarrassing Mark Agnesi Play Authentic video from last week, I hope the company will move on and focus its attentions on building great guitars again. This new one could be one such guitar!
RRP – TBC