Rig Rundown – Rush’s Alex Lifeson

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Videos | 21 comments

www.premierguitar.com PG’s Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the United Center where she talks with Rush’s Alex Lifeson’s tech Scott Appleton about the gear Lifeson is using on Rush’s 2011 Time Machine tour. Appleton shows off all Lifeson’s gear, including Gibson Les Paul Axcess Alex Lifeson Signature models, a ES-355, a Fender reissue ’52 Tele, and two ’90s PRS models. Lifeson uses Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII Alex Lifeson Signature heads, Steam Punk Statesman 2×12 Cabinets, and a Hughes & Kettner Coreblade. For more Rig Rundown videos or to view Premier Guitar’s COMPLETELY FREE digital edition magazine, be sure to visit http



  1. He is saying “so” really really often! Great tech however, so… :P

  2. Does Rebecca really know her shit or does she chime in on a few choice points to sound that way? i cant tell. I suspect the latter.

  3. And carry on my wayward son!!

  4. Oh god… I’ve had the immense pleasure of playing one of those Hughes and Kettner TriAmp MK IIs… holy shit, it was so good. And LOUD as hell.

  5. I really want to like the Axcess, but the Floyd totally just ruins it for me.

  6. He is giving just one (example) of the last note of the solo on Limelight. Not that it is used for just one note.

  7. Alex has BIG hands???

  8. i know Geddy, and maybe the others in Rush, really like Jethro Tull

  9. Well, of course… But still, that’s just SO much stuff!

  10. you do realize that he doesnt haul it around right? his roadies do.

  11. then kansas wayward son

  12. But oh what a NOTE!!!!

  13. One amp just for one note?… are you fucking kidding me ¬¬

  14. Tis good to be the “King of Schmengland.”".(Lifeson 1984.).

  15. I’m not big into signature model guitars, but Alex’s les Paul is sweet!

  16. So, this is the “Still No Guitar” guy. (Boston 2011)

  17. Aqualung, Carry One Wayward Son, Cross Eyed-Mary and Selling England By The Pound. Nice choices.

  18. I can hardly affort a H&K Coreblade amp and alex just uses it for one note?! WTH?

  19. “Aqualung” by Jethro Tull and “Carry on Wayward Song” by Kansas. Good technicians love good music

  20. DO A GEDDY RIG RUNDOWN! also in regards to the music, I saw them last week, and they had Aqualung, Carry on my son, and dancing with the moonlit knight and a whole bunch of other tunes before the show, so i have a feeling the roadies have a mix cd they like to listen to!

  21. CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SONAHHHON -Love having Kansas in the background! Got a bit distracted by it though