Rush’s Alex Lifeson returns with first music in nine years, announces new Epiphone Les Paul model

The tracks are the guitarist’s first new music since Rush’s final album Clockwork Angels in 2012.

Alex Lifeson with Epiphone Les Paul Axcess Standard

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Alex Lifeson of Rush has released two new instrumental songs and announced a brand-new signature electric guitar model with Epiphone.

The songs, Kabul Blues and Spy House, mark the Rush guitarist’s first new music since 2012’s Clockwork Angels, the band’s 19th and final studio album. You can hear the songs on his website.

Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard

The Alex Lifeson Les Paul Standard Axcess Standard is affordably priced, yet equipped with a surprisingly extensive feature set. The guitar was developed over a two-year period, with much of Lifeson’s input.

Its construction – which features a mahogany body and a flame maple top – incorporates a contoured neck join as well as a comfort-carve belly scarf at the bottom.

It has two Epiphone humbuckers: a Ceramic Pro in the neck and a ProBucker 3 in the bridge. Also included is a piezo pickup with a dedicated output jack.

Controls include push-pull neck and bridge volume knobs for coil-splitting, a piezo volume knob and a master tone knob.

Hardware features include Graph Tech Ghost vibrato bridge, Epiphone Deluxe tuning machines with keystone buttons and a Floyd Rose R4 locking nut.

The guitar has a gloss Viceroy Brown finish and comes with its own EpiLite Les Paul case.

The Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard is available at $899.

Learn more at epiphone.com

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