Gibson’s Dave Amato signature model combines a ‘59 Les Paul with Axcess specs

When Dave Amato told the cats at the Gibson Custom Shop that, lately, he’s been forced to choose between his two favourite Les Pauls - a '59 Reissue and a Les Paul Axcess, since you’re asking - the luthiers set about building a new electric guitar that would take the best of both of them and become the REO Speedwagon man’s perfect LP.

The result is a guitar that’s designed to marry vintage Gibson aesthetics and modern player features: the Dave Amato Les Paul Axcess Standard. At Dave’s request, this features a figured top with a "Boston Sunset Fade" finish, a White Ebony fingerboard, an extra-chunky neck profile, a Floyd Rose tremolo - an often divisive choice on a Les Paul - and two '57 Classic Plus humbuckers.

Other features include a swept neck heel, revised back contours and an Apex headstock carve. Rival manufacturers may attempt to copy the design, of course, but Gibson has let it be known that it’ll be protecting its "iconic legacy” from now on.

The new model is now Dave’s main touring guitar and can be purchased for $5,099. Find out more on the Gibson website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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