Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson will put some of his most iconic guitars under the hammer

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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson will give fans with deep pockets a chance to own part of his legendary guitar collection with a new event from Julien’s Auctions.

Their auction Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson will be the centerpiece of their Music Icons event, taking place Sunday, May 22, live from New York City’s Hard Rock Cafe and online at JuliensAuctions.com.

Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson will include more than 100 lots featuring signature guitars owned and played by the 68-year-old Rush co-founder, along with instruments, wardrobe, gear and memorabilia owned and used by Lifeson, which will be available to the public for the first time.

Auction: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson will give fans with deep pockets a chance to own part of his legendary guitar collection with a new event from Julien's Auctions

Auction: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson will give fans with deep pockets a chance to own part of his legendary guitar collection with a new event from Julien’s Auctions

Lifeson co-founded Rush in 1968 with lead vocalist and bassist Jeff Jones and drummer John Rutsey.

Jones was replaced shortly after the band was founded by Geddy Lee, with Neil Peart replacing Rutsey in 1974, which remained the band’s lineup until they disbanded in 2018.

Rush has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Alex and Geddy: Jones was replaced shortly after the band was founded by Geddy Lee, with Neil Peart replacing Rutsey in 1974, which remained the band's lineup until they disbanded in 2018

Alex and Geddy: Jones was replaced shortly after the band was founded by Geddy Lee, with Neil Peart replacing Rutsey in 1974, which remained the band’s lineup until they disbanded in 2018

The crown jewel of the Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson is his 1976 ‘Whitey’ Gibson ES-355TD electric guitar custom-built for Alex Lifeson at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo and Lifeson’s main guitar from 1976 to 2015.

‘I purchased this guitar in 1976, it was custom-built in Kalamazoo just for me. It has been my main guitar and is the iconic Alex Lifeson guitar,” said Lifeson.

The guitar is featured on all of the group’s albums from 1977’s A Farewell to Kings to 1996’s Test For Echo, and has been played on tour for decades and featured in most of Rush’s music videos.

The guitar has a, ‘conservative estimate’ of fetching anywhere between $200,000 and $300,000 at auction.

Main guitar: The crown jewel of the Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson is his 1976'Whitey' Gibson ES-355TD electric guitar custom-built for Alex Lifeson at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo and Lifeson’s main guitar from 1976 to 2015

Main guitar: The crown jewel of the Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson is his 1976 ‘Whitey’ Gibson ES-355TD electric guitar custom-built for Alex Lifeson at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo and Lifeson’s main guitar from 1976 to 2015

Another one of Lifeson’s iconic guitars is another custom-built ax, his 1980 Hentor Sportscaster electric guitar, which was used in the 1981 album Moving Pictures and was the main recording guitar in 1984’s Grace Under Pressure.

The guitar was Lifeson’s favorite for using in guitar solos, including Rush’s hit song Limelight, and is seen in the music videos for Vital Signs, Countdown and Enemy Within. 

The guitar has an estimate of between $100,000 and $200,000. 

Classic ax: Another one of Lifeson's iconic guitars is another custom-built ax, his 1980 Hentor Sportscaster electric guitar, which was used in the 1981 album Moving Pictures and was the main recording guitar in 1984's Grace Under Pressure

Classic ax: Another one of Lifeson’s iconic guitars is another custom-built ax, his 1980 Hentor Sportscaster electric guitar, which was used in the 1981 album Moving Pictures and was the main recording guitar in 1984’s Grace Under Pressure

Also up for bidding is a 1981 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion electric guitar, which was Alex Lifeson’s main guitar on the 1981 Moving Pictures tour.

The guitar was also his main ax on a number of other tours Rush performed in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, through the 2007 Snakes and Arrows tour.

The guitar has an estimate between $100,000 and $200,000. 

Fusion: Also up for bidding is a 1981 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion electric guitar, which was Alex Lifeson’s main guitar on the 1981 Moving Pictures tour

Fusion: Also up for bidding is a 1981 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion electric guitar, which was Alex Lifeson’s main guitar on the 1981 Moving Pictures tour

Fans can also bid on a 1971 Jose Ramirez classical acoustic guitar, which Lifeson used on, ‘classical-style recordings’ from the 1978 Rush album Hemispheres.

Songs he used this acoustic guar on include The Trees and La Villa Strangiato in the recording studio.

This guitar also has an estimate between $100,000 and $200,000 for the upcoming auction.

Acoustic: Fans can also bid on a 1971 Jose Ramirez classical acoustic guitar, which Lifeson used on,'classical-style recordings' from the 1978 Rush album Hemispheres

Acoustic: Fans can also bid on a 1971 Jose Ramirez classical acoustic guitar, which Lifeson used on, ‘classical-style recordings’ from the 1978 Rush album Hemispheres

Also going under the hammer is a 1976 Gibson Dove acoustic guitar used by Lifeson to write Closer to the Heart and other songs from the 1977 Rush album A Farewell to Kings.

He also used this guitar on stage during played numerous tours including A Farewell to Kings (1977-1978), Hemispheres (1978-1979), and Moving Pictures (1981).

The guitar currently has an estimate between $100,000 and $200,000. 

Acoustic: Also going under the hammer is a 1976 Gibson Dove acoustic guitar used by Lifeson to write Closer to the Heart and other songs from the 1977 Rush album A Farewell to Kings

Acoustic: Also going under the hammer is a 1976 Gibson Dove acoustic guitar used by Lifeson to write Closer to the Heart and other songs from the 1977 Rush album A Farewell to Kings

Lifeson is also auctioning off his 1970 Gibson Les Paul electric guitar acquired by Lifeson on Rush’s inaugural tour in 1974.

The guitar was, ‘played extensively by Lifeson on all Rush albums and tours from Fly By Night and 2112 to Hemispheres.’

The guitar is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000.

Electric: Lifeson is also auctioning off his 1970 Gibson Les Paul electric guitar acquired by Lifeson on Rush’s inaugural tour in 1974

Electric: Lifeson is also auctioning off his 1970 Gibson Les Paul electric guitar acquired by Lifeson on Rush’s inaugural tour in 1974

Another axe going under the hammer is Lifeson’s 1976 Gibson J-55 acoustic guitar used by Lifeson to compose Rush’s early 1976 platinum-selling album 2112.

The guitar was also used on 1977’s A Farewell to Kings and served as the main acoustic guitar on Natural Science and Camera Eye from 1980’s Permanent Waves and 1981’s Moving Pictures.

The axe is estimated to fetch somewhere between $80,000 and $100,000 at auction.

Vintage Gibson: Another axe going under the hammer is Lifeson's 1976 Gibson J-55 acoustic guitar used by Lifeson to compose Rush’s early 1976 platinum-selling album 2112

Vintage Gibson: Another axe going under the hammer is Lifeson’s 1976 Gibson J-55 acoustic guitar used by Lifeson to compose Rush’s early 1976 platinum-selling album 2112

Another classic axe Lifeson is auctioning is his 1990 Fender Stratocaster used by the guitarist on most albums since 1991’s Roll the Bones.

The guitar is used both on solos and for doubling Gibson guitar tracks and seen in the music video for Big Money, as well as live performances of One Little Victory from the 2002 album Vapor Trails.

The guitar is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000 at auction.

Classic: Another classic axe Lifeson is auctioning is his 1990 Fender Stratocaster used by the guitarist on most albums since 1991's Roll the Bones

Classic: Another classic axe Lifeson is auctioning is his 1990 Fender Stratocaster used by the guitarist on most albums since 1991’s Roll the Bones

Also going to the highest bidder is Lifeson’s 1992 Paul Reed Smith (bolt-on) CE electric guitar, which Lifeson has a great affinity for.

‘This was my main 90s era Paul Reed Smith guitar. I still use it a lot because of the 24 frets. It was a real workhorse and I loved it,’ said Lifeson. 

This was his main guitar from its debut on the 1993 Rush album Counterparts and accompanying tour through Rush’s tours in the early 2000s, expected to fetch between $50,000 and $70,000.

Bolt: Also going to the highest bidder is Lifeson's 1992 Paul Reed Smith (bolt-on) CE electric guitar, which Lifeson has a great affinity for

Bolt: Also going to the highest bidder is Lifeson’s 1992 Paul Reed Smith (bolt-on) CE electric guitar, which Lifeson has a great affinity for

The final highlighted guitar is a 2015 limited run Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck electric guitar created especially for Rush’s 40th Anniversary R40 tour.

This guitar was played live by Alex Lifeson on songs requiring both a six-string and twelve-string guitar, including Xanadu from the 1977 album A Farewell to Kings.

Estimated price for this double-neck guitar is between $20,000 and $40,000.

Double-neck: The final highlighted guitar is a 2015 limited run Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck electric guitar created especially for Rush’s 40th Anniversary R40 tour

Double-neck: The final highlighted guitar is a 2015 limited run Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck electric guitar created especially for Rush’s 40th Anniversary R40 tour

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