Epiphone Alex Lifeson LP Std. Axcess


Electric Guitar

  • Alex Lifeson (Rush) Signature Model
  • Mahogany body with Comfort-Carve Belly Scarf
  • Maple top with AAA flamed maple veneer
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fingerboard
  • Trapezoid fingerboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Rounded Axcess Lifeson
  • Scale: 628 mm (24.724")
  • Nut width: 42.85 mm (1.687")
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: Epiphone Ceramic Pro (neck) and Epiphone ProBucker 3 (bridge) humbuckers and piezo system
  • 2 Volume controls with push/pull function for coil split
  • Piezo volume control with push/pull function
  • Tone control
  • Graph Tech Ghost tremolo
  • Colour: Viceroy Brown
  • Incl. EpiLite case
available since June 2021
Item number 518585
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Sunburst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Indian Laurel
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH, Piezo
Tremolo FR-Style
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No
Artist Alex Lifeson
Shape/Design Single Cut
Style Single Cut
Soundboard Mahogany
Pickup System HH, Piezo
Pickups (Acoustic) Piezo
Connector Jack
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Go in 'eyes wide open' and you won't be disappointed
FerrariStu 24.04.2022
This is an awesome, relatively affordable guitar (when compared to its Gibson older brother) and I'm appreciative that Epiphone made it possible, in collaboration with Alex. There is a lot of guitar here for your money. However, you can't afford to expect it to be playable/satisfying when it arrives, sad to say. It's well spec'd (and very pretty) but mine (along with many more stated in online reviews) was set up like a dog. Totally unplayable (see below).

It is widely reported that many of these have badly routed trem cavities and mine was the same. Mine is from the second run (Oct 21), so this blatantly obvious QC issue hasn't been fixed from the first run, which is just bad on Epiphone's part. Luckily, the QC sticker peels off easily, so you won't have to scowl at its irony for long.

The fret board was as straight as a die, but I don't expect to have to dismantle a new, £750 guitar on receipt, re-route the trem cavity and then level the frets before I can play it as expected. As the trem was rubbing against the trem cavity, it wouldn't stay in tune until fixed. Similarly, the action was way too high, to compensate for the un/badly levelled frets. Thus, unplayable out of the box.

If you get these issues fixed or are able to fix them yourself (not a massive undertaking, by any means), you will overcome and find the joy beneath, so DO NOT LET THIS PUT YOU OFF BUYING. Obviously, you shouldn't expect to have to do this, so I imagine they get a fair number of returns/disgruntled buyers, if this issue is common. This guitar, however, is worth the effort in the end. Also - you may be lucky and have no issues at all! :-)

Once set up properly, you will find that you are in ownership of an awsome player. The weight, the neck and belly carve, the amazing trem and piezo, the sound in general, and the very playable (thin and quite narrow) neck all make for a great guitar that you will warm to quickly (depending on the length and chubbyness of your fingers). There are so many sonic options to this guitar that it will make you smile (in the end ;-)) (see the pro reviews on YT to understand more about this).

As I said, it's a pretty guitar, and although there is the odd imperfection if you look closely, I doubt you'll find anything that will overwhelm you into rejecting it.

Let's be brutally honest, you are paying for the equipment on board and not Alex's name - which is very rare for a signature model (including the Gibson CS version of THIS guitar (5-6 x the cost, when you could get it).

In summary, I recommend this guitar to you as long as you understand what you are spending your money on. It probably won't be perfect when it arrives but it's still a great guitar when it's set up perfectly - and it makes me happy. Alex spec'd a lovely, versatile and playable Les Paul and you will love it (if you already think you'll love it, based on what you already know about it).

Thomann's service (and price) was great. Thanks, guys!

P.S. It comes with a very practical and well thought out case, which is also impressive (you'll see what I mean when you get it).


Frets and nut alignment
MIA the great 12.04.2022
Not good... the rest of the guitar was perfect


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