Alex Lifeson Signature Les Paul

The legendary guitarist from Rush, Alex Lifeson, is releasing a signature Gibson Les Paul sometime in the near future.

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In his work with Rush from the '70s to today, Alex Lifeson has redefined the boundaries of progressive rock guitar. Embodying far more than that genre label often implies, Lifeson's playing soars beyond the drama and the bluster to reveal truly stunning virtuosity that has been praised and admired by fansand playersof all stripes, and has landed him in the upper echelon of performance artists as a result. Created through extensive work with Alex Lifeson himself, the Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess similarly redefines the boundaries of the classic Les Paul: packed in a single remarkable instrument, this guitar carries all of the traditional tones that have made the Les Paul legendary, along with unprecedented levels of sonic and performance versatility. In addition to its traditional Les Paul tonewoods, the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess carries two high-output humbucking pickups with series/parallel wiring options via its push-pull volume controls series/parallel options on its push-pull volume controls, and a Floyd Rose licensed unit that not only provides the world's most efficient vibrato system, but is also loaded with GraphTech Ghost piezo bridge saddles. Access traditional Gibson magnetic humbucker tones, mix it up with fat and funky series/parallel options, tap the Ghost's realistic acoustic tones, or blend acoustic and magnetic voicesthe sky's the limit from this sonic chameleon, whose sound-shifting depths are virtually limitless. What's more, you can route it all through a traditional mono jack (labeled Regular) using a single guitar cable, or use two cables to split your sonic trickery off into separate output paths using the Regular and the Life-O-Sound output jacks together.
All this, and the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess still presents that timeless Les Paul look that has remained a classic for more than 50 years, in your choice of two stunning colorsViceroy Brown and Royal Crimsonboth approved by the artist himself, and both resplendent atop a stunningly figured maple top. The first 50 guitars in this special run (25 in each finish) will be signed by the artist himself, with unsigned models to follow, so reserve yours now at your authorized Gibson dealer. According to Gibson's website the guitar will come in two finishes (retailed at $6,115) and 25 of these guitars will be signed by the guitarist himself (retailed around $9,000). This will be a must have for all Rush fans and guitar enthusiasts alike. Thanks for the report to Hennemusic.com.

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    BeerChurch
    The GraphTech Piezo Floyd is actually an excellent quality trem...BUT...$6000.00?!?! C'mon...really? And $3000.00 MORE for Big Al to write on it??? JEEPERS!
    Pencil Man
    Yeah. Nothing new Gibson, thinking of some new crap to stick in a Les Paul and calling it a signature model for some artist. I'd love it if some guitarist actually helped design a new model of guitar, like Randy Rhoads, that actually represented what the guitarist is about. If it sells, it sticks, if it doesn't, it fades into obscurity. I'm just tired of so many Les Paul models that mean nothing.
    ThatFlyingThing
    1. Alex Lifeson finally getting some bloody props, love it. 2. This is one beastly guitar, I've gotta have it. WIN all around
    Ali-b912
    x SiN x wrote: I wish more people who have signature Les Paul's would do something to make it different to the normal Les Paul's, like Buckethead's version. I would want people to recognise my guitar, but I would never know that this one wasn't just a normal Les Paul with a tremolo.
    Buckethead's has a killswitch. This one is neckthrough and has a locking trem. That's two things different, to Buckethead's one. If the colour scheme is what you're talking about you probably aren't at guitar type of guy. Why don't you pick up knitting or something instead? Alex Lifeson actually plays a Les Paul with a Floyd Rose. Nobody here seems to know that.
    Dark Aegis
    Dream Floyd wrote: What's the point of wanting to afford this crap? 9000$ for a guitar that is mostly identical to a basic Les Paul. You could buy and install that same tremolo for a fraction of what they're charging ; same for the paint job, the pickups, the wiring... All you're getting here is some name on the headstock. Dont get me wrong, I love Alex Lifeson but I say f*ck Gibson. Buy a worthwhile guitar.
    Totally agree with you.
    Slap-happy
    Lifeson's a great player. I like the look of the guitar... except for the bridge/tremelo set up The only one on a Les Paul that looks right, other than the standard stop tail (or trapeze iof you want to be pedantic) is the Bigsby.
    lespaul4eveR
    I think ill make my own custom les paul with the $6k and air brush "Alex Lifeson is my GOD" on it instead. Oh and Jimmy Page, cant forget the real guitar god.
    Swannie
    Radynj wrote: Odd, doesn't he usually play a 335? I'm surprised he didn't get a signature version of that.
    he did have a sig ES-335, white one
    DimebagZappa
    FearOfTheDuck wrote: Wow, three grand more for a signature...
    Or you could just buy it and track his ass down. Sick guitar. Wish I was rich.
    brett dixon
    I'd buy it if it was a brand new model of a guitar. You should go ahead and do that, Mr. Lifeson. "A Gibson Lifeson" guitar. That'd be sick. I won't buy this one though. Too much money, and I don't see the point in a double-signature guitar.
    Joost1795
    Finally Alex gettin' some recognition, and also that is one lovely Les Paul, too bad i don't have enough money for all that ... ;( Rush 4 Life
    Shirkaday
    First off, this is a guitar for Lifeson fans with the $$$ who also won't feel bad because its a quality guitar. But as a gigging musician, and if I had the $$$, yup, I'd LOVE to have it. But my custom 24 PRS does just fine. Keep this in mind - Alex has a collection of guitars, and he plays quite a few different ones every show. Think about it. But I'm sure it's a very good guitar. But if I had the bucks... I would be happy to have one. This one is for a select market of fans clearly. Not to hawk a competitor, but like Alex, I play a variety of axes - a tele, strat. prs, gibson 335 (it IS a gem of a guitar I admit), and a custom built strat. It does seem a bit pricey. Just IMHO.
    Shirkaday
    Ok OK one last thought. Wood these days is not just wood. The particular cut of wood used makes a BIG difference. And these days mose really dense heavy woods simply are not available. It's why vintage Les Pauls (as one example - Fender has theirs too of course as well as others) fetch such a high price. For 9K, find yourself even a beat up 69 Les Paul (good luck) and you'll never feel the need to buy another guitar again.
    Shirkaday
    Also. Nice to see some kudos to one of my favorite bands ever. And Alex is IMHO and VERY underrated guitar player. As unique a player as they come. Who would anyone be able to compare him to from a stylistic perspective? It's fine if you don't like his style and overall approach, but his originality? Hard to argue against - gotta give props there as a guitar player. And pretty damn quality originality too.
    Sakke
    MetalHeadMat wrote: Wait... a LFR? My $1000 MIJ Jackson came with an OFR, but you're paying triple for this and only an LFR?? Pathetic.
    It's Graphtech's LFR, they come with the piezo pickup equipped to the bridge saddle. Besides, Schallers are also LFRs and they're really good tremolo systems. Graphtech LFR isn't the same as for example ESP LFR.
    BearCaveEcho
    Ibanezbass4life wrote: please make a cheap epiphone version of this! I'm poor!
    They actually have one that's not necessarily Lifeson but definitely quality. I think it was around $600 American at Guitar Center, but that shouldn't set you back too much.
    BearCaveEcho
    What the hell is everyone bitching about? It's a guitar, for chrissakes. Don't think I'm saying I dislike Lifeson, he's my favorite guitarist, but I'm not specifically advocating this guitar either. If you can't afford this, just get the epiphone with the floyd rose that came out last year. I played them, satin neck and all, it was perfectly fine (other than the cheap-o stock strings... bleh....). Just set it up with some Seymore Duncans or vinage Gibsons and you're all kosher. Now, if you can afford this, then get it. By all means. Only if you're really into Lifeson though, or else you'll just be posing and that's all bad.... So stop complaining complainers, and stop moderating moderators.
    MetalHeadMat
    Wait... a LFR? My $1000 MIJ Jackson came with an OFR, but you're paying triple for this and only an LFR?? Pathetic.
    sewoo55
    If I wanted a singlecut-shaped guitar with a floyd rose I'll just buy an ESP Eclispe with seymourduncan pickups..... more value for money
    GCanuck_39
    Anyone else think that Rickenbacker will be pissed at the "Life-O-Sound" looking a lot like their "Ric-O-Sound?"
    lefty311
    Gibson put out a white tribute 335 a few years back for Alex.
    Radynj wrote: Odd, doesn't he usually play a 335? I'm surprised he didn't get a signature version of that.
    x SiN x
    I wish more people who have signature Les Paul's would do something to make it different to the normal Les Paul's, like Buckethead's version. I would want people to recognise my guitar, but I would never know that this one wasn't just a normal Les Paul with a tremolo.
    CydoniaKnight95
    I thought of getting this guitar I mean Les Paul tone and style with a Floyd Rose? Then i saw the price...
    T-Unit33 wrote: I feel like an Alex Lifeson PRS would sell significantly better...since it's a better guitar.
    Yeah exactly what i was thinking
    guitarguy2500
    Radynj wrote: Odd, doesn't he usually play a 335? I'm surprised he didn't get a signature version of that.
    He already has a signature 335.
    StratusX
    thejester wrote:although this one is unique with tremolo i think most of the sigs are way to close to a standard lp you could buy.
    Nothing too unique about it. The Les Paul Axcess Standard has existed for quite some time.
    ReaperEXE
    I'm not sure whether I like this one or the signature ES-355 better. I've never been particularly fond of guitars with this kind of tuning system though, it's always a pain to restring...
    ryancide
    don't quite get the meaning of a double signature guitar....a jimmy page les paul? alex lifeson les paul? how many names can you fit on a headstock? it does look cool, though
    T-Unit33
    I feel like an Alex Lifeson PRS would sell significantly better...since it's a better guitar.
    thejester
    im fine with players getting signatures but i think the big two (fender and gibson) are just on overboard with signature models. don felder has a 1959 and double neck, eric clapton has his 1960 coming out. in my opinion it is taking away from the prestige. although this one is unique with tremolo i think most of the sigs are way to close to a standard lp you could buy. must use the same pickups necks etc just one has the name on the headstock.
    Joe-Floyd-lover
    Looks like an awesome guitar! Sadly, I will not be able to afford it either.. :'( Oh Well, Would love to see a demo of it though...
    Chris Schementi
    I personally don't like Les Pauls... but that's a beautiful guitar. Who better it be a signature model for than Alex Lifeson.
    Dream Floyd
    What's the point of wanting to afford this crap? 9000$ for a guitar that is mostly identical to a basic Les Paul. You could buy and install that same tremolo for a fraction of what they're charging ; same for the paint job, the pickups, the wiring... All you're getting here is some name on the headstock. Dont get me wrong, I love Alex Lifeson but I say f*ck Gibson. Buy a worthwhile guitar.
    Radynj
    Odd, doesn't he usually play a 335? I'm surprised he didn't get a signature version of that.
    PRSfanatic
    Nice guitar. Bad company. Never would pay Gibson a cent, just because they release guitars for collectors not players. No thanks, If I want a Lifeson guitar I'll buy a PRS (Like someone said) and actually get a product worth the money I'd pay for it. If I want an LP with a floyd, there's an Axcess, but then again why would anyone pay Gibson?
    Avs
    Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess carries two high-output humbucking pickups with series/parallel wiring options via its push-pull volume controls series/parallel options on its push-pull volume controls
    Great sentence
    Sakke
    PRSfanatic wrote: Nice guitar. Bad company. Never would pay Gibson a cent, just because they release guitars for collectors not players. No thanks, If I want a Lifeson guitar I'll buy a PRS (Like someone said) and actually get a product worth the money I'd pay for it. If I want an LP with a floyd, there's an Axcess, but then again why would anyone pay Gibson?
    I think that Les Paul Studio and Standard models are real quality instruments, they both feel and sound awesome. They may cost "bit" too much, but I think the Studio one is really near the price it should be. PRS guitars are also quality instruments, but I find their single-cut models far less attractive than Gibson's Les Paul models.
    Kyle-Rehm wrote: $6000 and you get an LFR, aren't their way cheaper guitars with OFR's?
    Yes, that's true. But it's Graphtech's licensed Floyd Rose, I've heard that they're good and also they are the ones with piezos. I'm pretty sure that the guitar would have an Original Floyd Rose if there was no need for a piezo pickup. But, you can never know.
    johnyguitar
    I'll take my 2 Brian Moors over that Les Paul anyday, and each was just under $2000.00
    randomhero93
    If i were tto get a $6000 guitar ever, and I wanted an FR on it, I'd want an OFR, not an LFR. seriously, Gibson? what were you thinking?