Alex Lifeson’s treasured Gibson ES-355 sells at auction for $384,000

Alex Lifeson – pictured backstage with his beloved Gibson ES-355 in 1977
(Image credit: Fin Costello/Redferns)

Alex Lifeson’s legendary Gibson “Whitey” ES-355 has been sold for over $300,000, after the Rush icon put a number of his most beloved electric and acoustic guitars up for auction.

The sale – which was hosted by Julien’s Auctions – took place today (May 20), with Lifeson’s treasured semi-hollow electric guitar selling for a cool $384,000 after receiving 13 bids. It was one of the stand-out six-strings on the auction list, having played an integral part in the guitar legend’s decades-spanning career with Rush.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.