Алекс Лайфсон и его новая гитара Epiphone Les Paul Standard

Как выбрать гитару Gibson Les Paul

Вы собираетесь купить Les Paul. Поздравляем! Это потрясающая гитара с великой историей. Gibson Les Paul появились в 1952 году, когда Гибсон решил, что необходимо цельнокорпусная гитаре в конкурентной борьбе с Fender Telecaster. Работая с легендарным гитаристом и изобретателем многоканальной записи Les Paul, Gibson создала первую модель Les Paul из красного дерева тело и красивым резным кленовым верхом, который имитировал внешний вид гитары archtop Гибсона.

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В 1957 году Лес Пол (и впоследствии во всех электрических гитарах) была добавлена в конструкцию датчика двойная катушка «хамбакер». В нем были устранены электрические наводки, существовавшие во всех предыдущих датчиках.

На фото: электрогитара Gibson Custom Shop 1954 Les Paul Goldtop VOS

С тех пор, Гибсон продолжил выпускать новые модели Les Paul, экспериментируя с нововведеними. Сегодня, Gibson Custom Shop выпускает исторически точные копии старинных Лесполов, делая их наиболее ценными и востребованными гитарами для взыскательных музыкантов и всех восторженных сторонников.

Какой Les Paul подойдет для вас?

Как узнать, какой вы на самом деле хотите инструмент из этой линейки? С 1952 года были выпущены 127 моделей с именем Les Paul. Мы обычно предлагаем от 85 до 90 различных вариаций модели Les Paul (не включая леворукие версии).

Данное руководство Les Paul покупателя даст вам необходимую информацию для того, чтобы сделать лучший выбор.

  • Узнайте, почему гитары Les Paul так популярны и кто на них играет.
  • История семьи основных моделей, отличия Custom от стандарта.
  • Ознакомьтесь с функциональностью Les Paul.

Почему гитары Les Paul так популярны?

Почти все заметные рок-гитаристы использовали Les Paul. Это свидетельствует о ее универсальности, Les Paul также используется многими музыкантами других жанров, таких как блюз (Мадди Уотерс, Джон Ли Хукер), джаз (John McLaughlin), кантри (Charlie Daniels). Вот четыре основных причин популярности Les Paul:
1. Внешняя красота
2. Звук
3. Играбельность
4. История

На фото: у гитары необыкновенно красивый гриф!

Почему вы хотите Les Paul?

Вы можете быть новичком и хотите играть на гитаре. Вы можете быть исполнителем, который хочет гитару, которая играет и звучит великолепно. Или Вы можете быть коллекционером, который ценит историю и красоту классического Les Paul. Или вы могли быть всеми вышеописанными людьми. Les Paul – гитара, к которой появляется любовь с первого взгляда.

Описание Les Paul

Хотя Есть много вариаций и исключения, давайте начнем со списка типичных функций Les Paul:

  • Вырез
  • Цельный корпус — изготовлен из красного дерева и резного клена
  • Палисандр — гриф
  • Лакировка
  • 2 датчика хамбакер
  • Тремоло
  • 2 тона, 2 регулятора громкости
  • 3-позиционный переключатель датчиков
  • 22 лада
  • 24-3/4 мензура (62 см)

Возможно, вы также знаете: Les Paul бас, акустическая Jumbo 1970, LP Junior с одним датчиком «сингл». Но мы будем рассматривать серийные модели Les Paul.

Особенности Les Paul

Вот список вариантов исполнения:

  1. Top — самый Les Paul имеют резной кленовый топ в нескольких исполнениях
  2. Цвет — зависит от модели
  3. Гриф, обычно из красного дерева
    • Профиль:
      • Округлый (50-х годов)
      • Slim-конус (60-х)
  4. Накладка на гриф
    • Палисандр или черное дерево
    • Инкрустация — три основных типа:
      • Dot
      • Трапеция
      • Block
  5. 2 датчика (обычно 2 хамбакера)
    • Современные датчики Gibson: 490R, 490T, 496R, 498T, 500T
    • P-90 (одна катушка)
    • Исторические хамбакеры:
      • Burstbucker типа 1, 2, 3
      • BurstBucker-Pro
      • ’57 Classic
      • ’57 Classic Plus
      • Мини-Humbucker
  6. Покрытие. Цвета и количество слоев в зависимости от модели.
    • Корпус
    • Гриф
    • Перо
  7. Фурнитура и машинки
    • Покрытие:
      • Никель
      • Хром
      • Gold
    • Мост / Струнодержатель
      • Wraparound (один мост шт. / струнодержатель)
      • Tune-O-Matic / Stopbar
    • Ручки
      • Top Hat
      • Speed
    • Машинки
      • Shaller
      • Kluson
      • Grover

Если у вас есть деньги, вы можете заказать Les Paul по своему собственному проекту в магазине Gibson Custom.

Les Paul — история семьи

Есть три модели Les Paul в основе семейной истории Les Paul: оригинальная модель Les Paul, Les Paul Custom и Les Paul Special.

Хронология семьи Gibson Les Paul

Les Paul (так называемый «Goldtop» из-за своей золотой отделки)

Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard review

The Rush guitar icon’s cut-price, feature-packed signature model deserves its spot in the limelight

By Rob Laing 30 July 2021

Our Verdict

Truly a Les Paul that can handle anything you can throw at it, this Axcess is a seriously flexible guitar for the money and does the Lifeson name proud.

  • Impressive arsenal of tones.
  • Onboard piezo sounds make this one versatile guitar.
  • Excellent tuning stability courtesy of the Floyd Rose.

Against

  • Slightly high action on the review model.
  • Weighty.
  • Not everyone loves the idea of a Floyd on a Les Paul.

We recently looked at Epiphone’s recognition of a rising star in guitar with Emily Wolfe’s signature Sheraton, and now we’re going to the other extreme – a legend with a career spanning five decades. What they both have in common is artist models that put distinct spins on established Gibson designs that are vital to the company’s visions of legacy and innovation.

Just as Wolfe’s Stealth guitar brings the semi-hollow blueprint to a new generation and enhances the Epiphone catalogue, Lifeson’s Les Paul finally coming at a more affordable price-point opens up one of the boldest takes on an LP to new players.

10 years ago, Alex Lifeson told TG how his Gibson signature was based on the Axcess model and its thinner body but with caveats.

“We went with a very heavy [non chambered] mahogany so it still has weight and resonance,” he explained. “There’s a lot [of electronics] in the guitar so it was important to have a good solid block as a starting point.”

There are plenty of talking points here, including those electronics, in addition to enhanced fret access and the locking tremolo that will immediately divide opinion between purists and progressives. Our Les Paul expectations could be challenged here.

When Lifeson said “very heavy”, he was talking about his own early serial Gibson signatures. While the standard Axcess shares key features and is known for being a lighter Les Paul, the Rush man consciously went for a non-chambered, weightier option. That equates to a substantial nine pounds here.

And this is despite the reduced body thickness over a standard Les Paul, here 1 and 3/4-inches at its thickest compared to a Standard’s 1 and 7/8-inches. A Comfort-Carve belly scarf enhances the closeness we feel with this guitar over a usual Les Paul and the reduced neck heel improves upper fret access too – hence the name.

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The Viceroy Brown Lifeson favours is a pleasing sunburst that brings the classic Les Paul heritage to bring balance to the impact of the great diversion here; a double-locking tremolo and the same Floyd Rose licensed Graph Tech Ghost unit found on the Gibson version with a Floyd Rose R4 Locking Nut.

Alongside the traditional body mahogany/maple cap combo, the fretboard wood here is Indian Laurel, a more affordable alternative to rosewood and visually similar. A fine aesthetic, but the five cavity covers at the back suggest there’s more than the scope of vibrato unit spicing up the recipe for expansion here.

The man himself told us exactly what that meant back for his own guitar back in 2011. “We have coil taps on the pickups, a Floyd Rose and the piezo is the second jack – the Life-O-Sound – that we run independently or you can mix both magnetic pickups and the piezo through the main output.

The versatility of Les Pauls is often unsung – myriad tones can be accessed via shaping gain and EQ through the volume and tone controls. But this guitar is on a whole other level; factor in the three pickup positions for humbucker and coil-splits. Now add bridge and middle positions for piezo, with and without coil-split from the bridge.

Oh, and you have a fantastically expressive tremolo system to explore, that keeps tuning rock solid. Plus the ability to send that piezo signal separately to a PA or acoustic amp for layers. But all this wouldn’t count for much without the foundations in place.

While the action on our test guitar is a little high for us, the humbucker choices here feel right; the bridge rich and fat, the neck blooming and throaty, with definition. Dialing in the piezo adds air between notes with low end that’s great for gentler, strummy tones and folkier places than you might expect.

Then the coil-splits take out some low end if you wish (coil-splits always take away low end in our experience). Split alone, we’re certainly not talking Strat or Tele twang but some useful chiming mids with some high sizzle and cut a la P-90.

It’s quite simply a stunningly versatile Les Paul – and now more people can enjoy Lifeson’s combinations, and bring their own creative ideas to the table. Axcessibility indeed.

Epiphone пополнила каталог подписным Les Paul Axcess Standard Алекса Лайфсона из Rush

Подписной Les Paul Алекса Лайфсона (Alex Lifeson) из группы Rush компания Gibson выпускает уже 10 лет (впервые такая модель вышла в 2011 году), однако бюджетную версию под брендом Epiphone представили только теперь.

Сохранить и прочитать потом —

Новый Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard — это все еще по полной заряженный инструмент с флойдом и пьезо, однако из более «простых» комплектующих и, соответственно, по прилично сниженной цене.

Гитара получила все фирменные фишки Лайфсона: скошенная пятка грифа (Axcess), вырез сзади «под живот», особенный профиль грифа, современная машинка на повышение и понижение, внешняя отделка деки из огненного клена AAA и, конечно, пьезо-модули на каждом седле.

Если на время забыть о специальном «тюнинге», то инструмент представляет собой вполне классический махагониевый Les Paul с грифом на 22 лада и двумя хамбакерами (Epiphone Ceramic Pro в неке и ProBucker 3 в бридже). Правда, и здесь не обошлось без модных нововведений — звукосниматели оборудованы отсечками.

Отдельного внимания заслуживает упомянутая пьезо-система: на каждом седле (под струной) есть специальный модуль, который преобразовывает вибрации в акустический звук. Для вывода этого сигнала гитара оборудована вторым джек-выходом.

Также стоит сделать акцент на машинке. Подписной инструмент получил аналог Floyd Rose — Graph Tech Ghost с замками и микроподстройкой.

Сам Лайфсон сказал, что новая гитара «обладает всем необходимым для гитариста любого уровня». Если не брать в расчет классическую леспольную форму корпуса (хоть и с вырезом), которая не всем по душе, то гитара на самом деле отличается «повышенной» универсальностью и должна подойти практически для любой музыки.

Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard review

A classic design gets a new Lifeson

  • £799
  • $899

Our Verdict

This is the most tonally versatile Les Paul around and the fact it’s now part of the Epiphone catalogue at a more accessible price is great news for players who want to expand their tonal horizons.

  • • Expansive range of sounds
  • • A unique proposition for Epiphone and the Les Paul
  • • The double-locking tremolo allows new levels of expression and solid tuning stability
  • • The action on our test guitar was a little high

What is it?

The Les Paul has appeared in pretty much every style of music at some point in its 69 year history; whether on stage or in the studio and beyond. It’s one of the all-time classic electric guitar designs but far from OAP status. It continues to stand the tests of time but we wonder if its versatility is sometimes unsung.

We’re talking about the range of sounds you can create with a Les Paul without touching an amp or effects pedal. With two sets of volume and tone controls, it’s capable of wonderfully diverse tones. Want proof? Just check out Joe Bonamassa’s demonstration below.

But what if you could take that versatility and turn it up to 11? Enter Rush legend Alex Lifeson, the Les Paul Axcess design and now Epiphone for a triumvirate of tonal possibilities.

The Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard launched in 2008 with a thinner body, enhanced upper fret access via its new neck joint design, ribcage rear body contouring and — gasp – a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo.

The Lifeson signature version followed in 2011 – bringing another distinct take on an already pretty dramatic take on the LP blueprint. This writer spoke to Lifeson about it that same year while he was touring with Rush on the Time Machine tour.

“It’s based on the Axcess model with a thinner body but we went with a very heavy [non chambered] mahogany so it still has weight and resonance,» Lifeson explained. «There’s a lot [of electronics] in the guitar so it was important to have a good solid block as a starting point.»

Now we could explain those but who better than the prog legend himself?

“We have coil taps on the pickups, a Floyd Rose and the piezo is the second jack — the Life-O-Sound — that we run independently or you can mix both magnetic pickups and the piezo through the main output.

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“We’ve switched out the tone pot for a piezo volume pot to give control there,» Lifeson continued, «and then the other tone control becomes a universal tone pot.»

“Gibson did a nice job with the neck carve at the back because it’s always been a little difficult to get up high [on Les Pauls]. We really wanted to come up with a good utility guitar on a solid platform like the Les Paul. Gibson was great, and we went through a whole lot of different weight models and pickups.”

The Gibson Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess was a Custom Shop model with a price tag to reflect that. A decade on and the Epiphone version is here at an axcessible price (sorry); so how do all these intriguing features stack up alongside the tried and true familiarity of a Les Paul Standard? There’s only one way to find out!

Performance and verdict

Visually, it’s a beautiful Les Paul and a credit to Epiphone; Lifeson’s Viceroy Brown preference proves a rich and palette of caramel and flame hues. Yes, the sight of a locking tremolo may prove jolting for some but we actually enjoy seeing one in a more traditional context, taking it away from the usual shred super-Strat connotations.

The ribcage / belly contour scarf is a welcome feature that helps you connect with this guitar

The thinner Les Paul Axcess body will be noticeable to anyone familiar with Les Paul Standards (here 1 and ¾-inches at its thickest compared to a Standard’s 1 and 7/8-inches) but for many players there will be more noticeable features when picking this up.

Our test guitar weighs nine pounds and though that’s not a shock in the world of Les Pauls, you don’t get the chambered weight reduction from a non-signature Standard Axcess model. But there’s some real creature comforts to be found here that will help to offset the load; the ribcage / belly contour scarf is a welcome feature that helps you connect with this guitar. Playing guitar is a tactile thing as we all know, so these things matter and it’s especially beneficial when holding the guitar close sitting down.

The contoured heel here matters too — reducing the mass for improved access and comfort when playing the upper frets. We’d like to see this feature on more Les Paul models in the future.

The neck shape is a ‘Lifeson profile’ and it equates to more of a SlimTaper D compared to the chunkier Epiphone 50s Les Paul Standard. A good all-rounder that we felt at home with. Many players (including us) prefer a satin finish to the gloss here but that’s a very easy fix to rub down if required.

Approach this with an open mind and you may well find it’s a lot of fun to experience this kind of tremolo system on a more affordable Les Paul

The Graph Tech Ghost Tremolo here is licensed from Floyd Rose (as all double-locking tremolos are) and paired with a Floyd Rose R4 locking nut. The less dramatic angle of the arm here feels more intuitive for subtler gestures than some Floyds we’ve tried and once we’ve followed the tuning protocol (tune with the machine heads with the locking nut off, then fine tune with the tuners at the bridge once you’ve relocked) it proves itself impressively stable.

This kind of tremolo can conjure image of the Sunset Strip, ’80s pomp and divebombs but consider the player behind this feature and its context; a progressive, melodic and expressive force behind one of the greatest rock bands in history.

It’s a door to new possibilities and we loved adding accents to chords, as well as dramatic pitches to leads, like Lifeson on his iconic Limelight solo above. Approach this with an open mind and you may well find it’s a lot of fun to experience this kind of tremolo system on a more affordable Les Paul. It proves that the old Les Paul can still surprise with new tricks.

And we haven’t even talked about the tones yet.

There’s three push-pull pots here, and that calls for some rejigging of the established Les Paul norms. The volume pots serve as coil-split activation for the bridge and neck humbuckers, while the usual bridge pickup tone control is now the piezo volume and push/pull. That leaves the neck tone control; now a master tone.

It’s obviously different but actually doesn’t take long to get used to. The gold top hat knobs here are ridged for the push-pull control and though it’s not as easy on the hand as other some designs we’ve encountered, it’s an understandable compromise to keep the traditional facets of LP design that are core to the appeal here.

The action on our test guitar feels a little higher than we’re used to though, especially considering the easy of access the neck feel design should allow. Thankfully that’s something that can be addressed and set to players’ tastes at home or with your local repair shop.

The tonal foundations of an Epiphone Ceramic Pro neck humbucker and alnico 2 ProBucker 3 in the bridge are a wise pairing and provide a great showcase of LP strengths. The Ceramic Pro offers a tight and defined low end to our ears — no muddiness here. Singing, throaty leads and fat rhythms abound.

Like the Ceramic Pro, the ProBucker 3 reflects the singing sustain this guitar provides. The latter is slightly overwound to complement the neck but it’s relative heat doesn’t hide the versatility of PAF-inspiration here. And it actually makes the coil-splitting less abrupt and much more of a seamless voice to engage.

There’s just so many options at your fingertips

Coil-splits cut low end by their very nature and here it allows a more chiming midrange to emerge with some modern P-90-esque cut in the highs. There’s some interesting clean metallic character to be explored with the tremolo too. The mid position is great for strumming rhythms and we love the ability to use the volumes and master tone to shape our tone without touching the amp. There’s just so many options at your fingertips.

While it doesn’t clean up as effectively as the 50s wiring we wish Epiphone and Gibson would offer more as standard, there’s huge range of ground you can cover here. Even more so when the piezo is factored in…

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The Graph Tech Ghost Tremolo bridge is the same design that appeared on the Gibson model and also hosts the piezo bridge saddles – rather than a single piezo pickup positioned under the saddle like an acoustic guitar, here each string saddle is a piezo pickup.

You can approach it in different ways; dialled in or out with the magnetic pickups, the piezo tone feels like it adds more space between notes. You can engage it with the push/pull at the setting your wish or roll it in or out as desired. Things can get overloaded if you crank with the humbuckers but carefully combined with the coil-splits and it’s an earthier tonality with some boosted low end.

Used solo through a full frequency response acoustic combo or PA and you have some convincing electro-acoustic guitar tones — the fact the guitar has a separate ‘Life-O-Sound’ piezo output just for this expands the scope even wider. Send acoustic tones through the PA and humbucker sounds to your amp for layering live? Why not!

With four pickup voices even before you engage the piezo, plus all the nuances of the volume and tone controls, the amount of combinations here are immense and enhance the value here. This is a lot of guitar, delivered in a very impressive outfit.

MusicRadar verdict: This is the most tonally versatile Les Paul around and the fact it’s now part of the Epiphone catalogue at a more accessible price is great news for players who want to expand their tonal horizons.

  • BODY Carved Maple with AAA Flame Maple veneer
  • NECK Mahogany
  • SCALE 628mm (24.7″)
  • FINGERBOARD Indian Laurel
  • FRETS 22
  • PICKUPS Epiphone ProBucker 3 (bridge), Epiphone Ceramic Pro (neck)
  • CONTROLS Neck Volume, Bridge Volume (each with push/pull coil split), Piezo
  • Volume with push/pull on/off, Master Tone
  • HARDWARE Floyd Rose R4 locking nut, Graph Tech Ghost Tremolo w/ piezo saddles, Epiphone Deluxe tuners with Keystone buttons
  • LEFT-HANDED No
  • FINISH Viceroy Brown
  • CASE EpiLite
  • CONTACTEpiphone.com

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