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Gibson Alex Lifeson ES-355 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar
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The Alex Lifeson ES-355 features a maple body, 3-piece maple neck, '57 Classic pickups with individual volume and tone controls, and a Maestro Long v...Click To Read More About This Product
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As distinctive and remarkable as its namesake.
The Alex Lifeson ES-355 features a maple body, 3-piece maple neck, '57 Classic pickups with individual volume and tone controls, and a Maestro Long vibrola tailpiece. It would be the consummate prog rock machine even if it weren't the chosen axe of the Rush guitarist, but because it is, you know it's got the goods. The Vibrola is one of the least wood-invasive tremolo options, keeping the belly of this archtop guitar remarkably pristine and preserving its natural resonance. The Alex Lifeson Signature ES-355's individual volume and tone controls for each of the '57 Classic pickups give you full reign over the wide spectrum of tones of which these faithful Alnico II replicas of the 1950s PAF humbuckers are capable.
For 33 years, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has personified the consummate rock innovator--a sonic adventurer capable of producing mind-blowing power chords and dizzying arpeggios alike, ultimately sculpting them into huge, rich melodies and ingenious arrangements. Throughout most of Lifeson's ride to superstardom, a 1976 Gibson ES-355 has been by his side, both in the studio and on stage. With it, he has created many of Rush's breathtaking layered soundscapes, and the very same ES-355 continues to be an indispensable part of his live arsenal. This instrument is a painstaking recreation of the iconic instrument. It's Gibson's heartfelt tribute to a true modern master, and to the guitar he used to expand the definition of popular music.
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- Body & Hardware:
- Laminated plain maple top, back and rims
- Multi-ply binding on top & back
- Adjustable wide-travel Tune-O-Matic Bridge
- Maestro Long vibrola tailpiece
- Alpine White finish
- Gold Hardware
- Neck & Headstock:
- 3-piece maple neck w/volute
- 22 fret ebony fingerboard
- Pearl block inlays
- Single-ply white binding
- 1960s slim taper neck profile
- 24-3?4" scale length, 1-11/16" nut width
- Grover keystone tuners
- Electronics & Strings:
- '57 Classic pickups
- Individual volume and Tone Controls
- 6 position Vari-Tone switch with a bypass switch
- Vintage .010 strings
- Includes Alex Lifeson Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity
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This guitar fulfills a dream. At my current age I no longer idolize my favorite musicians but I did want to own something that provides a bridge of sorts into the world of Rush and this guitar exceeds expectations. Sure, it provides great sound, amazing feel, cool electronics, and a beautiful body. Those are to be expected from a rather expensive instrument made by a quality manufacturer. In this guitar, however, lives the spirit of Alex Lifeson's musical adventures - it has more of his style, clean arpeggios, sustained chords and notes, and iconography than any other guitar. I must admit that one need not be a Rush fan at all in order to crave this work of art, however. How many ES 355 models are on the market today? This guitar offers anyone a new musical experience.
My wife was kind enough to surprise me this Christmas with this beautiful guitar. I had been tempted to buy it, but was fearful of bringing it home and having my wife see the Visa bill.This guitar was perfect right out of the case. No finish issues - frets all in order, no paint issues, etc. Plug this mother of a guitar into the rig and off we went. Nothing beats the sound of this guitar through a Marshall stack. Lots of big meaty and thick sounds. On a sound spectrum, this is on the other end of a Tele. It's thicker than concrete. Beautiful.For playability, I thought that this heavy guitar would pose some issues, but there I was, mimicking every Lifeson solo I've memorized for the last 30 years. OK, so it does Rush tunes well. Well, it should.But then, I tried some good old fashioned shredding. My veiled & hacked attempts at Vai, Randy Rhodes and Satch came off well. The slim 60s neck made it all easy to play.When I die, I want this in the coffin with me. I am fortunate enough to own 20+ high end guitars, and without doubt, this is the ONE.
Alex Lifeson is amazing; I've seen him play this guitar live and its the greatest sound I've ever heard. I hate when ppl say "who the hell is Alex Lifeson or Rush." He is just like Steve Howe of Yes. Both bands are in the Progressive Rock category, so they are rarely looked at by the pop-culture public; causing 2 of the best guitarists ever to go unnoticed. If I had the money; I would have for sure bought this guitar (instead I got an ES-137 Custom which is very great and I'm completely satisfied).Though I've never played it, any musician can listen to Rush and hear the amazing things that can be done to a guitar with great magnitude.
If I were a 1 guitar person, this would be it. Feels great, plays great & has many many different sounds available. The Maestro works well, but it is not for dive bombing. First surprise was how heavy it is. Feels as heavy as an LP. I play lots of different styles & this will do anything. I really can't find any fault with it.
Since I am a huge Rush and Alex Lifeson fan, I had to have this guitar. I love it. It is expensive, but this guitar will be a collector's item and increase in value as long as I take good care of it...which I will. The first thing that struck me was the sheer beauty of this instrument. The Alpine White finish contrasted with the gold hardware is absolutely striking. The finish on the guitar is amazing, and the case is very nice with a gold silk screen of Alex's signature on the outside of the case. The certificate of authenticity is high quality and comes tucked inside the pocket inside the guitar case. The guitar comes with a Gibson guitar cord and polishing cloth. It was set up perfectly and then detuned prior to shipping (which is recommended by Gibson during shipment of any guitar). Everything with this guitar screams high class and high quality. The label inside the guitar has the model and serial number handwritten and the checklist confirms everything was checked prior to leaving Gibson.The one thing that amazed me the most after playing this guitar was the Varitone circuit. I wasn't sure if this would be something I would like or not, but it has dramatic effects on the sound. I don't think I will need an overdrive pedal anymore...there is a setting for this. I can click on the Varitone from the bypass switch and have it set to number one, and the tone gets down and dirty. I can switch or dial it back for a more clean lower volume sound. This switch combined with the 57 classic humbuckers is truly a match made in heaven. I can get great sounds out of this baby!One thing I would report is that the neck is thick and wide...so if you have small hands then this guitar may be a little tougher to play. However, it allows you to get a good finger position on chords.From a guitar player, guitar collector, Rush fan and Alex Lifeson fan, this guitar is my Holy Grail!
I just got the Alex Lifeson Gibson ES-355 guitar yesterday and was able to try it out for the first time with my Rush Tribute Band Unstable Condition. I could tell right away I had just graduated to another level. The tone of this guitar is amazing. The sustain was great!!!! The Varitone switch is neat for dialing in on Vintage Rush songs or switch the mini toggle off and bypass the Varitone which is a really full sound. My Bassist and Drummer were drop-jawed when we started playing Tom Sawyer. I could hear every note distorted and clean, unlike other guitars I own. This guitar would be a great addition to any guitarists gear list.
I received mine last week. I was veryimpressed by teh craftmanship. Basically flawless. Set up great out of the box. With the Varitone switch and mini switch the guitar has basically 18 different tones to choose from. This is a very versatile guitar. It is a big guitar as all other ES series are. This one weighs just under 10lbs. It is the Varitone electronics with all the maple that makes it a heavy guitar, but it is comfortable to play and sounds fantastic. You do not need to be a Rush fan to appreciate this guitar. It is absolutely stunnin.