In the words of Jason Segel, "Dude! Rush is greatest rock band of all time!", at the heart of the greatest rock band of all time is, of course, Alex Lifeson.
In this episode of A Tale of Two Tones, we took on the unenviable task of breaking down the tones of Alex Lifeson, with a career spanning 50 years we could have tackled a number of different eras of Alex Lifesons tones - so it was tough to distill it down to just two, but we gave it a go and we're very pleased with the results.
To cover the tones of the band for around the first 8 years, up until 2112 in 1976 we used a no-nonsense rig of a Gibson ES-345 into a Dr Z Z-Lux, with some choice pedals listed below to cover the classic/blues rock angle that the band were in at the time. We think this rig sounds absolutely killer.
In Rig B we thought we would cover a broader spectrum of sound, mostly focused on more of Alex Lifeson's live sound from the 80s onwards. Although he does have various Gibson models of course, it is not uncommon to see Lifeson adorning a range of PRS models on stage. So we decided to go down that route to enable us to cover a wide range of his tones, it helps that this particular Custom 24 comes loaded with a Piezo pickup as well as a pair of 85/15 humbucking pickups!
We're really pleased with the huge range of tones we were able to cover with these two fantastic rigs, and think we have really captured the essence of Alex Lifeson's tones in these rigs too. We would love to know what you think of them in the comments below.
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