I have worked with Carl Bleke on several purchases from great amps like the Firehawk 1500 and the Blackstar Artist 30, my ES 335 Gibsom Memphis Custom. I truely thought this beginner had all I would ever need, but with the Blackstar tube amp I could not get the Les Paul Custom out of my mind. I have checked out many Les Paul models on the internet from different suppliers, but for the most versatile, feature packed players instrument, it was extremely difficult to ignore the Gibson Custom Limited Edition Alex Lifeson Axcess in Royal Crimson. The features are almost a challeng to remember from the Piezo Bridge to the custom Ghost tremlo, locking nut, and great Humbuckers. I may not have the skill of someone like Alex, but I believe I have an investment quality players guitar that should last me a lifetime of learning that is without equal. Thanks Carl Bleke and Sweetwater!