Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Custom Axcess review – this versatile LP is definitely a looker… but should you Rush out to buy one?

Epiphone unveils its second Alex Lifeson signature model, this time as a Les Paul Custom. However, there’s a Ghost (or not) at the feast…

Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Custom
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Impressive guitar with bags of tonal options and great playability, in no small part thanks to that Axcess heel.


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    You've got a great range of tones.

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    Out-of-phase middle position has a subtle cocked wah vibe.

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    Easy to play and thinner body makes it lighter than some LPs.

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    Upscale finish with lots of gold, lots of binding.


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    The price tag.

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    No piezo.

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Signature guitar design is easy, isn’t it? Take an off-the-peg model, give it a lick of paint, put a squiggle on it somewhere, and talk up the proprietary tonal benefits until the cash rolls in?

Well, actually, no. If you know anything about Rush legend Alex Lifeson, it should be that he has an eye for detail when it comes to the music he makes, and the instruments he uses to make it, so a guitar bearing his name is likely to be a little bit outside of the norm.

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.