New Gibson Neon Les Pauls Are The First Good Thing To Come Out Of 2017

If you know me, you probably know that I love both vintage and modern guitar designs pretty much equally. Some days I love nothing more than playing my 50s-style Les Paul Traditional or my ’62 Reissue Strat. Other days I’m all about my headless Kiesel Vader or my Roadflare Red Ibanez RG550. Well Gibson have gone and combined two of my loves in the one guitar: a Les Paul Axcess with Floyd Rose and – gasp! – neon finishes! It’s available in Neon Green, Neon Yellow, Neon Blue, Neon Orange and Neon Pink. Personally my pick of the bunch is the Neon Green. Look at that thing. 

The bodies are Mahogany with a 2-piece Maple top, with a Mahogany neck and Richlite fingerboard. The neck is a Slim C-Shape, and the pickups are a 496R neck humbucker and a 498T in the bridge position, with push-pull pots for coil splitting. 

Pics below, more info here.


Alright, I’m an Ibanez geek. Sure, I own and love other guitars, but Ibanii still outnumber all of them. My RG550s are great workhorses, my RG seven-strings are brilliant instruments, and my Talman TC825 is killer. So forgive me if I gaze longingly at this beauty: the new RG2XXV, part of Ibanez’s 25th Anniversary celebrations for the RG as we know and love it today (there were RG models prior to this but they looked very different: the line was redeveloped alongside the development of the Jem and announced in 1987).

The RG2XXV is less expensive than the RG1XXV announced earlier in the year. It features Ibanez INF pickups, an Edge Zero II bridge, basswood body, three-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard with jumbo frets, coloured dot inlays, a Wizard III neck shape and DR coated strings. It’s available in Fluorescent Pink and Fluorescent yellow.

More info here.

COOL GEAR ALERT: DiMarzio neon straps and cables

Are you a neon freak like me? I think it all goes back to when I bought a copy of a magazine called Countdown back in grade school, and they had a freebie pair of neon shoelaces attached to the cover. I loved those damn shoelaces.

Check out these cool neon accessories from DiMarzio. The nylon straps have leather ends and are available in neon pink, neon green, neon orange andneon yellow (you can get the same colours in DiMarzio’s 2-inch neon ClipLock series). The length adjusts from 32 to 56-1/2 inches (81 – 144 cm). Don’t they look cool with my Ibanez RG550MXXRFR?

DiMarzio’s nylon-braided guitar and instrument cable is also available in the same neon colours, as well as gold, chrome, vintage tweed, black/gray, purple, marine green, electric blue, red and black.

You can also get almost any DiMarzio pickup in a variety of neon colours (you can even specify different colours for each bobbin of the pickup). Although I’d probably keep my RG550 all-original for sentimental reasons, look at the photos again and picture this: a Breed set, in yellow/orange/yellow/orange/yellow (with orange tone knob and yellow volume knob). 80s overload!

Check out DiMarzio’s straps here and their cables here.