Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard review

The Rush guitar icon's cut-price, feature-packed signature model deserves its spot in the limelight

Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Truly a Les Paul that can handle anything you can throw at it, this Axcess is a seriously flexible guitar for the money and does the Lifeson name proud.


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    Impressive arsenal of tones.

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    Onboard piezo sounds make this one versatile guitar.

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    Excellent tuning stability courtesy of the Floyd Rose.


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    Slightly high action on the review model.

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    Not everyone loves the idea of a Floyd on a Les Paul.

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We recently looked at Epiphone’s recognition of a rising star in guitar with Emily Wolfe’s signature Sheraton, and now we’re going to the other extreme – a legend with a career spanning five decades. What they both have in common is artist models that put distinct spins on established Gibson designs that are vital to the company’s visions of legacy and innovation. 

Just as Wolfe’s Stealth guitar brings the semi-hollow blueprint to a new generation and enhances the Epiphone catalogue, Lifeson’s Les Paul finally coming at a more affordable price-point opens up one of the boldest takes on an LP to new players. 

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.