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#1 Thomasman

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:52 AM

Hello! This is my first post and topic on this forum. smile.gif

I have few request for Rush's fans. wink.gif

I've seen a guitar made by pete. It's really beautiful. It's a model from Grace Under Pressure era. I want to make replica of Alex's Strat from A Show of Hands era.

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I want some information about those guitars in the pics (pickups, etc.).

And I have another question. wink.gif I don't see on white strat a pickguard, so what covers holes in this? It's very strange, because I've never seen a Strat without pickguard.

Also his Strat has nice shark neck. smile.gif

I'm counting on you. wink.gif

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 12:18 PM

There is a user here on the forum names SignatureAurora75 who is very knowledgeable on these guitars.  You should contact SignatureAurora75 via private message or email and start up a dialogue on the subject.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 01:25 PM

Thank you very much rushfanNlv. smile.gif


I will write to him. wink.gif

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 03:16 PM

Ditto to what Rushfan said.

Thanks for the compliment too, BTW. trink39.gif  

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 04:43 PM

@pete

Yes. Your guitar is one of the best I've EVER seen.

Does it sounds like Lifeson's?

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:22 PM

Yay!  I love talking about Alex's guitars.

For me, maybe my next goal is to buy or make a replica of the Hentor Sportscaster.

I really love the red strat with the mirror pickguard.  That one is my favorite GUP guitar.

I am very close to a clone of the Great White Signature.  I even have the Evans pickups with the op-amp.  I am working on purchasing a flat top Aurora body to put that shit in.

For awhile I have been wondering how interesting it would be to see the originals of his 80's guitars.  I think I heard somewhere that his Hentors now are at a museam in Quebec.  I don't know about you guys, but I would be just thrilled to hold one of those originals, especially the Great White.  Or, let alone just to see them up close!

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:41 PM

QUOTE (Thomasman @ Jan 22 2010, 04:43 PM)
@pete

Yes. Your guitar is one of the best I've EVER seen.

Does it sounds like Lifeson's?

Which one are you talking about?
I've built replicas of all his Strats but right now I just have a replica of the red one.

They've all had Lawrence L500 pups and sound pretty close to me.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:25 AM

QUOTE (_pete_ @ Jan 22 2010, 11:41 PM)
QUOTE (Thomasman @ Jan 22 2010, 04:43 PM)
@pete

Yes. Your guitar is one of the best I've EVER seen.

Does it sounds like Lifeson's?

Which one are you talking about?
I've built replicas of all his Strats but right now I just have a replica of the red one.

They've all had Lawrence L500 pups and sound pretty close to me.

That's true, pete has had more hentors than alex.   wink.gif


It's funny that in his 2009 interview with premier guitar when asked about his favorite guitars he mentions the PRS before the hentors and signatures.

http://www.harmony-central.com/articles/pr...guitar/lifeson/


Re : the Howard Roberts Gibson "it had all the things that I looked for in a guitar, and it's still one of my favorite guitars to play to this day."

Are you the kind of player that has an emotional attachment to a particular instrument?

Well, my 335, my 355 and that Tele, and the first CE bolt-on that I got from Paul Reed Smith, as well the one I used for most of the 1990s and early 2000s, which again was a CE bolt-on - which is not their fanciest model. Those guitars right there are probably my most important kids, and I wouldn't want to get rid of any of them. I'd be heartbroken losing the others, but...oh, and a couple of these other Les Pauls that I have currently, because they've been set up exactly the way I want them. So I guess they could all go except for those.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:19 AM

btw, I was looking in the ladies forum and I saw the first pic of alex playing his Elite strat, that I read he bought between GUP/PW.  
I always thought the Elite was the "Big Money" strat from the video without really looking that closely (it's not)...but here he is playing an almost stock white Elite strat.


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btw, those ladies have alot of pics of alex.... ph34r.gif

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:12 PM

Could you give me address for that ladies forum, please?
I just love watching rare pictures of Lifeson and his guitar.

I will be really happy if someone give me link to some interesting and precise stuff about Lifeson gear. smile.gif

Greetings from Thomasman! biggrin.gif


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Posted 23 January 2010 - 06:18 PM

QUOTE (jdouglas @ Jan 23 2010, 09:19 AM)
btw, I was looking in the ladies forum and I saw the first pic of alex playing his Elite strat, that I read he bought between GUP/PW.  
I always thought the Elite was the "Big Money" strat from the video without really looking that closely (it's not)...but here he is playing an almost stock white Elite strat.


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btw, those ladies have alot of pics of alex.... ph34r.gif

Whooa what kind of pickups are those?

That's another interesting guitar of his!  Was that thing a stock Fender?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE (SignatureAurora75 @ Jan 24 2010, 12:18 AM)
QUOTE (jdouglas @ Jan 23 2010, 09:19 AM)
btw, I was looking in the ladies forum and I saw the first pic of alex playing his Elite strat, that I read he bought between GUP/PW. 
I always thought the Elite was the "Big Money" strat from the video without really looking that closely (it's not)...but here he is playing an almost stock white Elite strat.


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btw, those ladies have alot of pics of alex.... ph34r.gif

Whooa what kind of pickups are those?

That's another interesting guitar of his!  Was that thing a stock Fender?

I'm gessing either EMG's or lace sensors.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:07 PM

Lace Sensors say Lace Sensor on them in gold lettering and have no metal visible.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:37 PM

Those look cool.  I've seen them and heard a little about them.  Never heard how they sound though.  I'll bet there's probably a demo on youtube or something.  I'm going to check that out since I am curious to hear how they sound.  Do you like the sound of them?

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:31 AM

Thomasman, it's in this forum under "New World Women" from the main page...they have like 800 pages of Alex pics....ha.  If you find any with him playing "non standard" alex gear post them here.  especially a sunburst strat that we now have questions about... tongue.gif

The Lace sensors are OK, they were in the Clapton strat at first....I prefer the Bill Lawernce SCN though for noiseless (not a huge fan of the L500 really, but he got those right).  The Lace senors are a bit dead sounding.  Actually, my fav noiseless are the dimarzio virtuals...they are very nice.  Setup your guitar with 2 area 54s and solo in the bridge...sweetness.

I've never played an elite, they just made them in 83..and they are a bit too pricey used...think they had the first locking tuners.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:40 PM

Sorry, back to your original question...those signature guitars are $2k+, if you want to build a replica on the cheap, this is a good find.  Would be awesome if it was MIJ, but still the price is right.  Good Luck JD.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1989-Vintage-Fender-St...=item2a046249e9

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:18 AM

QUOTE (SignatureAurora75 @ Jan 23 2010, 08:37 PM)
Those look cool.  I've seen them and heard a little about them.  Never heard how they sound though.  I'll bet there's probably a demo on youtube or something.  I'm going to check that out since I am curious to hear how they sound.  Do you like the sound of them?

I have heard them on the older Jeff Beck strats. A former roommate of mine had one and took them out. The sound is very specific, not like a standard Fender single coil. Not overly bright like an active pickup. It's like they have some distinct EQ going on. Clapton used to play them too. I am just going from memory at this point but as I recall they are very smooth sounding. The "Hot" ones have some nice bite with some mellowish roundness. It's like taking the edge off a little bit. I think the output on the Hot ones are more than the standard single coil so they can drive the amp a bit more. They have very distinct flavor.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:02 PM

Hey all! it's been literally YEARS since I've been back here. I've seen the topic of Signatures is still alive and well. I see also that another member has a very similar name SignatureAuroa75. I'm sure that we have talked before. Private message me or email if you like (if you are who i think you are). Any other questions you need answered about these fantastic guitars or Alex' equipment from that era, send 'em my way. I own many of the same things in my setup.

As for finding a flat top body to install the electronic stuff in, good luck. The flat-tops stopped about midway through the production run of bolt-ons. The rest are all the neck-thrus produced and were off-site. Good to be back. Check for my previoius posts (from many years ago) about my gear. I own several Signatures and are close friends with the founding members of the company (excluding Alex, but he HAS played my white Aurora when it was sent in for Canada for a checkup by Rod Evans).

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:19 PM

Here's a 5 year old link to my discussion of my Hentor I built years ago (late 80's) when i was in college. The discussion goes on to discuss my gear and my Signature "Herd" and i believe my setup, which i still use  now. You can also search my screenname SignatureAurora (make sure you check the "Posts older than 30 days" and check "exact phrase") and you'll see what I contributed at that time by way of information on my guitars and some inside info on Signature. Much of the discussion was actually older than that but this forum was shutdown just before that time because of a "Ownership of the server issue" and much of the former discussion were all lost...shame, there was such good info on here then. Anyway, here's the link:

http://www.therushforum.com/index.php?showtopic=8266&hl=


There's also the Signature Guitar Tribute site run by james White. I'm sure that's been discussed here already.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:40 PM

Holy thread resurrection, Batman! Not sure where to post this, but this seems to be one of the old threads where replica guitar aficionados were discussing shark necks. These are pretty rare, but seems a shark guitar just popped up on Kijiji Ottawa. I have no idea who the seller is or if it is legit, just putting out there if anyone is interested.

https://www.kijiji.c...gationFlag=true




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