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All of Alex's Guitars used on R40 Tour (spoilers)


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#21 rushfanslo

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 01:01 PM

Hello fellow Rush fans, this is my first post here.

As a guitarist I have made quite few observations (they could be true or not) of Big Al's guitars and gear, so here some of them.

-The guitar used on The Anarchist is a hardtailed R40 Les Paul.
-The black sig Les Paul called Blackie is his main guitar from CA tour with pickguard added.
-Guitar used on Headlong Flight called Honey could be an original 59 Les Paul. But I believe it is a reissue.
-TMMB Les Paul is Geddy's original 57 Les Paul called Dirk.
-Les Paul used on Far Cry and Jacob's Ladder is probably an original 59 or 60 Les Paul. Its name is Luke so I'm assuming it could be 60 Les Paul previously owned by Steve Lukather (looks similar).
-Strat on OLV is an 50's reissue (probably 57), has a strange pickup in bridge position and reversed input jack (ala Hentor).
-Les Paul used on Between The Wheels is called Lil Al and was his main guitar 2007-2010. It's backup is Al's Crimson Red sig LP.
-355 is the original one (judging by pickguard) and had neck pickup reversed (out of phase?)
-335 is also original one
-Al is using only 2 amps this tour the Lerxst and Boogie which probably means no Limelight this tour.
-Guitar on Losing It is probably Hentor (judging by harmonics during soundcheck performance) and is probably used as warm-up guitar

Hope this helps,

Greetings from Slovenia (a small country not far away from where Lerxst's parents are )

Edited by rushfanslo, 15 June 2015 - 01:08 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2015 - 06:18 PM

View PostGabrielgil513, on 14 June 2015 - 11:22 PM, said:

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!

I will will be leaving this coming Saturday for a week vaca, so all shows between 6/20 and 6/27 I will miss - I might look for scopes on Friday 6/19, but we are leaving at 3:00am the next day, so I doubt I'll stay up for the whole show.

If I am not too tired on 6/27 when we return, I may jump back on that scope - take up my slack while I'm away!  ;)

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 06:20 PM

View Postrushfanslo, on 15 June 2015 - 01:01 PM, said:

Hello fellow Rush fans, this is my first post here.

As a guitarist I have made quite few observations (they could be true or not) of Big Al's guitars and gear, so here some of them.

-The guitar used on The Anarchist is a hardtailed R40 Les Paul.
-The black sig Les Paul called Blackie is his main guitar from CA tour with pickguard added.
-Guitar used on Headlong Flight called Honey could be an original 59 Les Paul. But I believe it is a reissue.
-TMMB Les Paul is Geddy's original 57 Les Paul called Dirk.
-Les Paul used on Far Cry and Jacob's Ladder is probably an original 59 or 60 Les Paul. Its name is Luke so I'm assuming it could be 60 Les Paul previously owned by Steve Lukather (looks similar).
-Strat on OLV is an 50's reissue (probably 57), has a strange pickup in bridge position and reversed input jack (ala Hentor).
-Les Paul used on Between The Wheels is called Lil Al and was his main guitar 2007-2010. It's backup is Al's Crimson Red sig LP.
-355 is the original one (judging by pickguard) and had neck pickup reversed (out of phase?)
-335 is also original one
-Al is using only 2 amps this tour the Lerxst and Boogie which probably means no Limelight this tour.
-Guitar on Losing It is probably Hentor (judging by harmonics during soundcheck performance) and is probably used as warm-up guitar

Hope this helps,

Greetings from Slovenia (a small country not far away from where Lerxst's parents are )

Awesome first post!  And welcome aboard!

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 07:34 PM

View Postrushbass, on 15 June 2015 - 06:18 PM, said:

View PostGabrielgil513, on 14 June 2015 - 11:22 PM, said:

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!

I will will be leaving this coming Saturday for a week vaca, so all shows between 6/20 and 6/27 I will miss - I might look for scopes on Friday 6/19, but we are leaving at 3:00am the next day, so I doubt I'll stay up for the whole show.

If I am not too tired on 6/27 when we return, I may jump back on that scope - take up my slack while I'm away!  ;)

Curious because I thought your vaca could be during the "week northeast." I will be at Philly, NJ and NY that week. Very nervous about the MSG show, as its their last one east of KC. A strong sense of finality. And I have the family vaca very close to the last few shows in LA, so even less Rush towards the end. I'm missing the care free early days of Bristow, when the tour seemed limitless :)  Closer and closer to the end we are getting :(

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 12:25 PM

Nice pictures...I would have liked to hear Jacob's Ladder live myself, since my first Rush show was in '81, just missing its original performances.

Regarding the vintage guitars...the ES-355 and the ES-335 appear to me to be his originals.

I know the white ES-355 has been re-issued, but you can see the very narrow neck on the guitar in the photo, which would be a clue that it is the original 1976 guitar...they did not choose to copy that particular spec on the reissue.  

The sunburst ES-335 looks a whole lot like the original '68/'69 to me, and I doubt he'd bother making such an exact replica as a one-off for this tour, especially when only the hard-core Lifeson geeks like myself might notice.

Edited by spitball, 14 July 2015 - 12:25 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 09:52 PM

The OLV Strat has an Evans eliminator in the middle position and a Zexcoil Juicy Bucker in the bridge position without the cover on it.

The guitar used on Jacob's ladder and Far Cry is most likely the 57 Reissue he has been using since the S&A Tour that has a peizo in the bridge.

The guitar on Losing It was the same one he used for Subdivisions

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 01:54 AM

The guitar on FC and JL is a different les paul. It doesnt have piezo built in. The 58 reissue is used only on TCE and CTTH.

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 02:46 PM

Wheres the strat? Used on OLV

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 02:48 PM

View Postjohnnyonthespot, on 15 July 2015 - 02:46 PM, said:

Wheres the strat? Used on OLV

View Postrushfanslo, on 15 June 2015 - 01:01 PM, said:

-Strat on OLV is an 50's reissue (probably 57), has a strange pickup in bridge position and reversed input jack (ala Hentor).

View PostTFEman, on 14 July 2015 - 09:52 PM, said:

The OLV Strat has an Evans eliminator in the middle position and a Zexcoil Juicy Bucker in the bridge position without the cover on it.

:)

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 07:06 PM

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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.
the 355 is THE 355, not a reissue, so is the '68 355 from the encore.  You think Jimmy Page's no1 lester is "finicky"?  Nope...Well maintained guitars get better with age for the most part.

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 08:08 PM

View Postdisembodiedspirit2015, on 13 October 2015 - 07:06 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.
the 355 is THE 355, not a reissue, so is the '68 355 from the encore.  You think Jimmy Page's no1 lester is "finicky"?  Nope...Well maintained guitars get better with age for the most part.
Not to nitpick, but it's actually a 335 he plays during the encore. Also, I'm pretty sure the double neck is the one he's had since his cherry one got demolished

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:29 AM

Two things - first, VERY weird seeing Alex playing a Rickenbacker guitar...

Second... I remember seeing the 2112 Tour in Ottawa and Alex only had two guitars on stage (that I can recall) - one, a Les Paul and two, his old Tobacco ES 355 (or, 335? Not sure.)  How money changes things.

Wicked original post, by the way... and I thought we drummers were tech nuts!



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