Alex Lifeson partners with Julien’s Auctions to sell over 100 items of used guitar gear and Rush memorabilia

A plethora of used guitar gear and other memorabilia belonging to Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is set to go on sale through Julien’s Auctions in May.

Starting May 20, the sale — dubbed Property of the Alex Lifeson Archives — will take place on Sunday, May 22 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online at the company’s website.

Leading the sale of over 100 lots is a custom-built Gibson ES-355TD “Whitey”, which Lifeson describes as the “main guitar” he used throughout his decades-long tenure at Rush. .

It can be heard on 16 of the band’s studio albums – from their self-titled debut in 1974 to 1996. echo test – and seen in several music videos. Lifeson also took the guitar on the road extensively during the band’s career. The Gibson ES-355TD “Whitey” is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.

“I bought this guitar in 1976,” says Lifeson. “It was custom built in Kalamazoo just for me. It’s been my main guitar and it’s Alex Lifeson’s signature guitar.

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Another auction highlight is a custom-built 1980 Hentor Sportscaster electric guitar used in the recording of several Rush albums, particularly the 1984 albums. Grace under pressurewhere it was Lifeson’s main recording guitar.

The guitar is said to be Lifeson’s favorite guitar for soloing and was used to record the solo for Rush’s 1981 hit, limelight (from Animated pictures, released the same year). He also appears in the music videos of Vital signs, Countdown and The enemy within.

The guitar is expected to sell at auction for between $100,000 and $200,000.

Alex Lifeson Hentor Sportscaster

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The auction will also feature a 1976 Gibson Dove acoustic guitar – which was used to write several 1977 songs A farewell to kingsincluding closer to the heart — and a 1970 Gibson Les Paul acquired by Lifeson on Rush’s inaugural tour in 1974. Both are expected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000.

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Other guitars featured in the Property from the Archives of Alex Lifeson auction include a 1976 Gibson J-55 acoustic used by Lifeson to compose Rush’s 1976 platinum album. 2112; a 1990 Fender Strat that appears on the majority of late-day Rush albums, and can be seen in the music video for The big money; and a 2015 Gibson EDS-1275 double neck guitar, created specifically for Rush’s 40th anniversary R40 tour. These three instruments are expected to sell for five figures each.

There’s also a 1992 PRS CE bolt-on neck guitar – which was used extensively on Rush’s 1993 album, Counterpartsand its accompanying tour – which is expected to bring in between $50,000 and $70,000.

“It was my main ’90s Paul Reed Smith guitar,” says Lifeson. “I still use it a lot because of the 24 frets. He was a real workhorse and I loved it.

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Special exhibits will be held in Los Angeles and New York for the public to view the highlighted items from the auction the week of April 11. The Alex Lifeson Archive property auction will be split into two sessions, at 10 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET on May 22. For more information, head to Julien’s Auctions.