GREAT Les Paul
By: facebook.com/sixstringsandbeyond from Mililani, Hawaii, USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This guitar is really well made. As with most nitro finishes, it's not perfect, but I have no complaints. This is also contrary to conventional internet wisdom that Gibson has poor quality control. This is my 4th Gibson, and the ones I've bought recently have been consistently good.
How has it stood up over time?
I've played it at two gigs so far, and I've had no problems with it. The tuners hold their tune well, and everything is sturdy. Hey, it's a Les Paul!!
Your general opinion of this product.
I love my Axcess stop tail. It is a fantastic guitar. My only minor gripe is that Gibson seems to be using non bookmatched tops on a lot of their guitars these days. Some of the Axcesses I've seen have bookmatched tops, mine is not. But it still looks very cool.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The neck is a nice medium size - not too thick and not super thin. I sometimes accidentally hit the three way toggle when I'm flailing away. But overall it's a pretty easy guitar to play, and I grew up playing Strats!
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The pickups sound great. Pretty hot but not muddy. I never use the coil splitters as I'm very much a humbucker fan.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish is great. Nitro is the hardest finish to apply, and Gibson has done an admirable job. Gibson is the only company I know of that does nitro exclusively.
How was the action out of the box?
The action out of the box was a tad high, but nothing that a little adjustment couldn't fix. Now the action is medium low, enough for me to dig into, but still be able to play fast.