“I strongly believe that if you give a guitar to five different players – same guitar, same amp – each one of them is going to sound different”: Alex Lifeson takes us behind the scenes at Lerxst to talk gear, tone and the possibility of new music

Alex Lifeson takes us behind the scenes at Lerxst, his new gear brand that collaborates with Mojotone and Godin
(Image credit: Richard Sibbald)

If, somewhere out in the cosmos, there exists a master list of guitarists with the most coveted tones in rock history, it’s safe to say that Rush’s Alex Lifeson ranks near the top. 

His sound – crisp and articulate, and characterized by lightly chorused arpeggios, shimmering, glassy chords and smoothly overdriven lead lines – has powered some of the greatest radio anthems of the last half-century and is instantly recognizable to generations of listeners.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.