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Gibson Alex Lifeson ES-355 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar



Sound Quality

I play all different kinds of pop and rock and this guitar is going to have a hard time leaving my hands. My PRS will be seeing less duty than before. Even my main Les Paul will be a little lonelier. If you want that early 70's rock out tone, this is the bomb. If you want lounge Jazz just Dial that Varitone to position 2 with your bridge pickup and you're all set. Shimmering strumming is position 5 and middle pickup switch position. The possibilities are endless. If you are a Rush fan, playing Passage to Bankock is downright scary as you realize that you have THAT tone now with this guitar.

Reliability/Durability

This guitar will gig only with care. This is not a cheap guitar and is a collector's item, so playing gigs with it will be a scary experience. I am rating this a 8 only because its durability is only as much as any other semi-hollow body guitar, and the White paint and gold hardware will show any imperfections immediately. I don't anticipate problems with the electronics. So far so good.

Price/Value


General Comments

I own 2 Les Pauls, a PRS Custom, and a crappy 1989 Strat, along with a Takamine acoustic. This Lifeson ES-355 is easily my most versatile guitar now and the only strike against it is it may be too precious to gig with in a rock show. This is not a cheap guitar but rates a 9 for the features and sound you get for the price. If I were able to score one of these at 1/2 price, then it would a 10!


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