The Lifeson Curse? in Gibson Custom Posted September 27, 2011 · Report reply Hey all. Been a long time since I have been here. I was part of the complaining brigade after the first Lifeson Release (355). Well, I have my Lifeson Axcess now. AL 260. Royal Crimson. Beautiful guitar! Was set up pretty well from the shop except that the neck was bowed pretty good and had too much relief. I fixed that with a truss rod adjustment. All is well in that department. The complaint I have is the trem arm assembly. First of all there is a small piece of teflon that fits in the barrel where the trem arm goes. That was missing. Of course when I first got it, I had no idea this was missing. But, I quickly found out after I could not get the trem arm to fit in properly and then the allen screw ended up scratching the arm pretty good. I was actually going to send it back because I could not play it like this, when I found a tiny little piece of white plastic the size of a small peppercorn inside of the case. I studied it for a while and the lightbulb went off. I put it in the allen screw hole and it now does its job, but will fall out again if not careful. I called Graph-Tech, I made them aware of the problem and they are trying to get parts to put up on their site. Other than this problem and the hassel of having to use an allen key everytime you want to adjust the trem arm or take it out to store in the case, I will admit, that this is a great guitar. I did hear of the original electronic problems, of which I was notified about, which made me postpone the purchase until this problem was fixed. There is no paperwork for the recent runs because after they put a push pull for the Piezo, the old documentation was not correct. Maybe Gibson will someday release the new booklet for the recent run. I have been playing mine most through two amps. I love doing Natural Science and 2112 with this guitar. Nails both parts nicely.