Rush’s Alex Lifeson teams up with Epiphone for Les Paul Standard Axcess; debuts two new songs

Legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has teamed up with Epiphone to the create the new Alex Lifeson Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess guitar. The instrument was a collaboration between the guitarist and Epiphone luthiers in Nashville, TN. You can purchase one now at

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.

Lifeson says of the guitar:

“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. 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.”

Elizabeth Heidt, vice president of Cultural Influence, adds:

“We have been honored to have Alex as part of our family for decades. 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.”

Additionally, Lifeson has premiered two brand new songs titled “Kabul Blues” and “Spy House” exclusively via You can also see a short interview with Lifeson that samples the tracks below: