Alex Lifeson of Rush Debuts New Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess Guitar and Two Brand New Songs

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The Alex Lifeson Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess electric guitar is a new collaboration between the famed Rush guitarist and the guitar company, as officially unveiled on Tuesday. The special guitar edition is currently available via

“The introduction of the Epiphone Alex Lifeson Axcess model based on my Gibson Les Paul Axcess model has all the same attributes and characteristics that I desired so much when we originally designed it,” said Lifeson of the new guitar. “The look, the sound, the playability and the utility–it’s all there for the player-at any level. I’m very proud of this guitar.”

“We have been honored to have Alex as part of our family for decades,” said Elizabeth Heidt, Vice President of Cultural Influence. “He is an incredible, iconic artist, innovator, philanthropist, and an inspiration to so many. We are excited to partner with him on the Epiphone Axcess and to celebrate this collaboration with his fans around the world.”

Some details about the guitar itself:

Through an extensive collaboration between Alex and Gibson, Epiphone pushed the boundaries of the classic Les Paul to create the exclusive Alex Lifeson Les Paul Standard Axcess. The guitar includes a pair of powerful Epiphone pickups – the Pro Bucker 3 bridge pickup and the Ceramic Pro neck pickup.

It also includes coil-splitting options via the push-pull volume controls and a Graph Tech Ghost Floyd Rose system. Together these features give the player access to both traditional magnetic humbucker tones as well as the Ghost’s realistic acoustic tones. For added flexibility, you can blend acoustic and magnetic voices to create a rich layered sound and then route them through either a traditional mono jack or use two cables to access the individual magnetic and piezo outputs.

In addition to the guitar news, Lifeson also premiered two brand new instrumental solo songs, “Kabul Blues” and “Spy House,” the first new music from Lifeson in nearly a decade. The songs are currently exclusively available to stream via the guitarist’s official site — click here to take a listen.

The premiere of these new songs is notable, considering a year ago Lifeson expressed how tough it felt at the time to play guitar, still coping with the passing of his longtime band mate and friend, Neil Peart:

“It’s been difficult. After Neil passed in January, I’ve played very little guitar. I just don’t feel inspired and motivated.”

Lifeson told Ligouri that he is experiencing the same thing he did in the late 1990s, when Peart lost both his teenage daughter (from a car accident) and wife (from cancer) shortly thereafter:

“I didn’t really play for about a year. I just don’t feel it in my heart right now. Every time I pick up a guitar, I just aimlessly mess around with it and put it down after 10 minutes…Normally, I would pick up a guitar and I would play for a couple of hours without even being aware that I’m spending that much time. So I know it’ll come back.”

To date, Lifeson has one official album released outside of Rush — 1996’s Victor.


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