Alex Lifeson says he first chose an ES-335 over the Les Paul for this reason

Alex Lifeson onstage at an early Rush show with his Gibson ES-335 – a guitar he initially favored over a Les Paul
(Image credit: Fin Costello / Getty)

Alex Lifeson sat down for a chat with Gibson TV recently and, coincidentally, took to discussing his history with the firm’s guitars, most notably his very first one: an ES-335.

In the clip, the guitarist recalls spending every Saturday haunting the aisles of Toronto music store Long and McQuade’s in his pre-Rush days, aged 13-15. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.