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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:25 PM

I did the same thing for Geddy and the basses he used... time to show Alex some love too!  ;)  

Besides, there was a few requests to do this, so...

Here are all the guitars used by Alex this tour (in New Orleans on 2015-05-22 as seen through my camera eye):


Set  1:

01 – The Anarchist:

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02 – The Wreckers:

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03 – Headlong Flight:

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04 – Far Cry:

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05 – The Main Monkey Business:

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06 – How It Is:

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07 – Animate:

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08 – Roll The Bones:

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09 – Between The Wheels:

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10 – Subdivisions:

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Set 2:

11 – Tom Saywer:

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12 – The Camera Eye:

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12 – The Spirit Of Radio:

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13 – Jacob’s Ladder:

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14 – Hemispheres:

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15 – Cygnus X-1:

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16 – Closer To The Heart:

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17 – Xanadu:

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Bonus Xanadu pic!

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18 – 2112:

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Encore:

19 – Lake Side Park & Anthem:

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20 – What You’re Doing & Working Man

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:30 PM

BTW, most of Alex's Gibsons have words engraved on the truss rod covers....

for instance:

"Heavy" and "Bastard" on the Double Neck
"Cheri"
"Blackie"
"Honey"
"Princess"

One Les Paul even had "Dirk: engraved on the trc!  LOL!

I wish I could make out all of them, but alas, some of my pics are too blurry upon zooming in to try and read all these tidbits.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 01:45 AM

NICE

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 02:04 AM

Cool. Thanks for doing this.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 10:00 AM

He's also using a custom Strat for One little victory which sounded good for that song. Using the Tele was ok on Lakeside, but just not ballsy enough for Anthem IMO.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 03:51 PM

Sorry if this is a dumb question (and I'm sure it is) but for the really early stuff, are those the original guitars he used back during those times? I assume so, but I thought maybe not, just because these guys might be afraid of bringing the old gear that is priceless to them on the road. You hear about bands getting ripped off frequently enough where I could understand the concern.

Edited by Xanadu, 13 June 2015 - 04:10 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 04:08 PM

I think this is one of the best threads of all time. Thanks! Fantastic.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 04:08 PM

View PostXanadu, on 13 June 2015 - 03:51 PM, said:

Sorry if this is a dumb question (and I'm sure it is) but for the really early stuff, are those the original guitars he used back during those times? I assume so, but I thought maybe not just because these guys might be afraid of bringing the old gear that is priceless to them on the road. You hear about bands getting ripped off frequently enough where I could understand the concern.

That's certainly a valid question.

The Les Pauls are likely new and part of his line with Gibson. The white ES355 he's had since the mid 70s but I'm not sure if it's the original. He had a tobacco ES355 waaaaay back in the day, but I'm not sure if that's the original. I think the double neck is new and modeled like his one from the 70s. The other guitars are new...I don't remember him ever playing a Telecaster in the 70s.

Vintage instruments definately have a 'cool' retro factor. But I think they're probably more finicky for serious road use 30-40 years later.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 04:10 PM

View Postrushbass, on 12 June 2015 - 11:30 PM, said:

BTW, most of Alex's Gibsons have words engraved on the truss rod covers....

One Les Paul even had "Dirk: engraved on the trc!  LOL!

That's the gold top one, and that is actually Geddy's guitar from his collection that Alex is "borrowing" for this tour.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 05:38 PM

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 13 June 2015 - 04:08 PM, said:

View PostXanadu, on 13 June 2015 - 03:51 PM, said:

Sorry if this is a dumb question (and I'm sure it is) but for the really early stuff, are those the original guitars he used back during those times? I assume so, but I thought maybe not just because these guys might be afraid of bringing the old gear that is priceless to them on the road. You hear about bands getting ripped off frequently enough where I could understand the concern.

That's certainly a valid question.

The Les Pauls are likely new and part of his line with Gibson. The white ES355 he's had since the mid 70s but I'm not sure if it's the original. He had a tobacco ES355 waaaaay back in the day, but I'm not sure if that's the original. I think the double neck is new and modeled like his one from the 70s. The other guitars are new...I don't remember him ever playing a Telecaster in the 70s.

Vintage instruments definately have a 'cool' retro factor. But I think they're probably more finicky for serious road use 30-40 years later.

He said the original 355 rarely makes it out of the house these days. I would imagine the one he's playing during this tour was a backup guitar or one of his sig. models.  If he even still has the original tobacco 335 I would imagine it stays home as well.  I agree all the rest of them would be newly acquired though the Telecaster is a vintage guitar. Several of the Les Paul's may be as well. I thought maybe the Hentor would make an appearance on this tour but so far nada.

Edited by EagleMoon, 13 June 2015 - 05:38 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 07:01 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 13 June 2015 - 05:38 PM, said:

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 13 June 2015 - 04:08 PM, said:

View PostXanadu, on 13 June 2015 - 03:51 PM, said:

Sorry if this is a dumb question (and I'm sure it is) but for the really early stuff, are those the original guitars he used back during those times? I assume so, but I thought maybe not just because these guys might be afraid of bringing the old gear that is priceless to them on the road. You hear about bands getting ripped off frequently enough where I could understand the concern.

That's certainly a valid question.

The Les Pauls are likely new and part of his line with Gibson. The white ES355 he's had since the mid 70s but I'm not sure if it's the original. He had a tobacco ES355 waaaaay back in the day, but I'm not sure if that's the original. I think the double neck is new and modeled like his one from the 70s. The other guitars are new...I don't remember him ever playing a Telecaster in the 70s.

Vintage instruments definately have a 'cool' retro factor. But I think they're probably more finicky for serious road use 30-40 years later.

He said the original 355 rarely makes it out of the house these days. I would imagine the one he's playing during this tour was a backup guitar or one of his sig. models.  If he even still has the original tobacco 335 I would imagine it stays home as well.  I agree all the rest of them would be newly acquired though the Telecaster is a vintage guitar. Several of the Les Paul's may be as well. I thought maybe the Hentor would make an appearance on this tour but so far nada.

Sure the Tele is vintage? Geds bass has the same paisley pattern on it and it seems like they might have coordinated the paint jobs. I dislike the Teles in general and I wish he would have done the whole encore with the es355. The Tele is just too thin sounding.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 07:18 PM

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 13 June 2015 - 07:01 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 13 June 2015 - 05:38 PM, said:

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 13 June 2015 - 04:08 PM, said:

View PostXanadu, on 13 June 2015 - 03:51 PM, said:

Sorry if this is a dumb question (and I'm sure it is) but for the really early stuff, are those the original guitars he used back during those times? I assume so, but I thought maybe not just because these guys might be afraid of bringing the old gear that is priceless to them on the road. You hear about bands getting ripped off frequently enough where I could understand the concern.

That's certainly a valid question.

The Les Pauls are likely new and part of his line with Gibson. The white ES355 he's had since the mid 70s but I'm not sure if it's the original. He had a tobacco ES355 waaaaay back in the day, but I'm not sure if that's the original. I think the double neck is new and modeled like his one from the 70s. The other guitars are new...I don't remember him ever playing a Telecaster in the 70s.

Vintage instruments definately have a 'cool' retro factor. But I think they're probably more finicky for serious road use 30-40 years later.

He said the original 355 rarely makes it out of the house these days. I would imagine the one he's playing during this tour was a backup guitar or one of his sig. models.  If he even still has the original tobacco 335 I would imagine it stays home as well.  I agree all the rest of them would be newly acquired though the Telecaster is a vintage guitar. Several of the Les Paul's may be as well. I thought maybe the Hentor would make an appearance on this tour but so far nada.

Sure the Tele is vintage? Geds bass has the same paisley pattern on it and it seems like they might have coordinated the paint jobs. I dislike the Teles in general and I wish he would have done the whole encore with the es355. The Tele is just too thin sounding.

Yes it's vintage. They only produced the paisley print guitars and basses for a limited time.I agree that the Tele sounded too thin.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 11:37 PM

Awesome post! Thanks for doing this! The PRS 12 string is beautiful!

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 07:20 AM

Interesting that he's using a PRS Alex Lifeson model for CttH in these pictures.  In Austin and Houston, he used a twelve string of some sort.  Of course, in Austin, it didn't work, so that may be why he switched.

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 07:36 AM

"On the lead guitar Mr. Alex Lifeson"

RB, looking forward to seeing that later on the scope!

Thanks for the great pics, were you close or front row?


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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:02 PM

View PostRush-O-Matic, on 13 June 2015 - 04:10 PM, said:

View Postrushbass, on 12 June 2015 - 11:30 PM, said:

BTW, most of Alex's Gibsons have words engraved on the truss rod covers....

One Les Paul even had "Dirk: engraved on the trc!  LOL!

That's the gold top one, and that is actually Geddy's guitar from his collection that Alex is "borrowing" for this tour.

Hilarious!  Thanks for the trivia fact!

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:03 PM

View PostGabrielgil513, on 14 June 2015 - 07:36 AM, said:

"On the lead guitar Mr. Alex Lifeson"

RB, looking forward to seeing that later on the scope!

Thanks for the great pics, were you close or front row?

I was 8th row, but had a good zoom lens!  ;-)

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 10:33 PM

View PostGabrielgil513, on 14 June 2015 - 07:36 AM, said:

"On the lead guitar Mr. Alex Lifeson"

RB, looking forward to seeing that later on the scope!

Am I that predictable? ;)  LOL!   :cheers:

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 11:22 PM

View Postrushbass, on 14 June 2015 - 10:33 PM, said:

View PostGabrielgil513, on 14 June 2015 - 07:36 AM, said:

"On the lead guitar Mr. Alex Lifeson"

RB, looking forward to seeing that later on the scope!

Am I that predictable? ;)  LOL!   :cheers:

Lots of fun seeing your lyrics! What shows will you be missing? You reminded me I have a family vaca late in the tour. I hope the hotel WiFi is as good as it was last year!

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 10:04 AM

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 13 June 2015 - 07:01 PM, said:

. . . I wish he would have done the whole encore with the es355.

The 'burst one is a 335. The white one is a 355.

But, me too.  I would gladly loan him my 335 for the entire encore. :D  Even though it's an Epiphone and has the stop bar instead of the trapeze tailpiece, it is an ES-335 Pro. So, with the coil splitting, he can get that bright, thin sound, if he wants. He'll probably call me. Lol



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