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 vibrola tailpiece. It would be the consummate prog r... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
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Rush attack

By Jonesy

from MD

Hold on to you hat. The tone of this guitar through a Marshall stack sounds just like the original Rush recordings. This guitar has a totally different sound than my custom ES335, which is a surprise. The ES355 has a heavy attack sound. A dream to play. Chord and individual note play are excellent. The tonal switch is a nice addition as well. Unfortunately, the whammy set up and absence of locking nut makes this feature useless as to be expected. The guitar will go out of tune when used every time. For this, I almost gave it a 4 star rating Overall, the appearance is absolutely beautiful. As compared to other guitars, the price of this ES355 is well justified. Living a dream Jonesy

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