Well, Gibson has yet to put up an official product page for their soon to be released Alex Lifeson Inspired By ES-355, but I’ve noticed at least a few online retailers this morning expecting the instrument to be available for purchase this coming Monday, March 3rd.
Billed by Gibson as a “painstaking recreation” of the vintage ’76 ES-355 that Rush guitarist Lifeson has used extensively throughout his decade’s long career, the Alex Lifeson ES-355 was first announced at last month’s ’08 Winter Namm Show, and it looks like the guitar is already ready for prime time.
With a street price hovering just below $3700 (hey, it listed for nearly $6,000!) the guitar is expected to feature a body of plain laminated maple (top, back & sides,) 3-piece maple neck with volute, ’60s “slim taper” neck profile, an Alpine White finish, and of course an unmistakable Maestro Long vibrola tailpiece.
Electronics are to include a pair of ’57 Classic pickups with dual volume and tone controls, 3-way pickup switching, and a unique six-position Vari-Tone switch with vintage-style chicken head knob.
Other features will include an adjustable “wide-travel” Tune-O-Matic bridge, ebony fretboard with 22 frets (24 3/4“ scale length,) pearl block inlays, Alex Lifeson Custom Shop case, and a certificate of authenticity.
I’ll update you as more info becomes available…