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Monday, February 16, 2009

Alex Lifeson's gear for the last S&A tour

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quoted from the man himself form a magazine i bought while the tour was going on (yea i realize im a year late on it, but i just found the post which contained all of this.

and for the record i typed it all out so please....enjoy or i'll kill you

AMPS: i use two Alex Lifeson model huges & kettner triamps as my main stereo sound. In two of my monitors, there's a 15ms dealy between the two Triamps so i can get a left and right sound, leaving the middle monitor open for vocals, drums, and bass. i use two Huges & Kettner Switchblades for peripheral sounds. They'll have various effects on them, and they'll be panned hard left and right, and i kick in those two amps to create the presence of another instrument.

GUITARS: this is the part of the stable of guitars for this tour. i've got a couple of Gibson Les Pauls with piezos in them. i also have a Gibson Howard Roberts that has a piezo and is tuned G G D G C E (low to high) for "the way the wind blows". my white ES-335 is back out again this time around. That's my baby. it's just so deliciously great sounding. i have an SG with a whammy - it's in standard tuning. i have my Gibson doubleneck here at rehearsals, but i'm not so sure if it will make an appearance. i'm bringing Garrison 12 strings in D A D A A D tuning for "Hope" and "the main monkey business". i'm also bringing a Garrison G-50 that i did most of the recording on the album with. i run my acoustics though Fishman Auras. Those really help the piezo tone - they're very acoustic sounding.

RACK: my rack is pretty straight foward. i don't have a lot of stuff in there but it's really effective. the main things are a Dunlop DCR - 1SR Crybaby Rack Wah, a T.C. Electronic 1210 Spatial Expander + Stereo Chorus/Flanger, and the T.C. G-Forces - i use three and one is a spare. i use the 1210 for chorus. i may add a second one or use a Loft chorus. The Loft chorus is on the "Limelight" solo. i have a couple of Behringer mixers that i run into the Voodoo Lab GCX switchers.

PEDALBOARDS: at Lifeson's feet are an Ernie Ball volume pedal, a Dunlop DCR-12FC foot controller, an Axess Electronics FX1 MIDI controller, a set of Korg MPK 180 bass pedals for triggering keyboard sounds, and a lone Boss TU-12H tuner.

and there you have it, if you're a hardcore fan and feel like blowing thousands of dollars on really awesome gear, this would be the starting point
10:07 pm - 3 comments - 1 Kudos - Report!
SeeEmilyPlay wrote on Feb 16th, 2009 11:42pm

well I think it depends on your personal preference.


liamo95 wrote on Mar 8th, 2009 5:19am

i've got a budget of about $14 bucks.


quantum leap wrote on Mar 15th, 2009 3:05am

Great info here. There's a couple of things that I'd like to add. Alex had his Gibson double-neck in his lineup, don't know if he used it or not, but the six-string has a piezo pickup. He seems to have two sunburst Les Pauls - one has a fixed bridge with piezo, the other has a Kahler locking trem and no piezo. There's a video interview about this where Alex shows off his S&A rig; if interested, I'll dig up the link. Lerxst really has an extensive setup, but he needed it for such a phenominal tour. I really wish I'd gotten into Rush with time to catch it :(


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