Okay, so the Marshall Silver Jubilee is one of the coolest amps ever, right? And you don’t see them on the used market very often because when someone finds one they tend to not let it go. Alex Lifeson used one on the recording of Rush’s Clockwork Angels album, and he wanted to take that sound on the road. I guess either he didn’t want to risk the original amp, or maybe it was a rental or something. Mojotone to the rescue! Mojotone tech Steve Snyder created an amp for Alex based on the Silver Jubilee but with some refinements, and Alex responded,
“I am so blown away by the fantastic job you and your colleagues have done creating the Lerxst amp for me. We pulled the Marshall last night after A/B-ing the two. The tonal character is quite similar but the response of the Lerxst has greater immediacy, sustain and grip. It sounds so good!”
So he had them build another for backup. And now you’ll be able to buy your own!
Hand-wired in Burgaw, NC USA, it features turret board construction, carbon comp resistors, Mojotone Dijon coupling capacitors, Heyboer transformers, CTS pots, three JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes and two JJ EL34 power tubes, shared three-band EQ, serial effects loop, and footswitchable clean and dirty channels.
The matching 4X12 cab is ‘tall’ configuration, with 5/8″ 100% Voidless baltic birch construction and four Celestion G12M Greenback speakers.
Premier Guitar has plenty of information about the amp in this interview with Lifeson.
Here’s the press release:
Burgaw, NC (March 1, 2013) — Fans of Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and his stunning guitar tone finally have the opportunity to get their hands on one of Lifeson’s most prized pieces of gear. After working with engineers at Mojotone, one of the leading custom amp builders in North America, Lifeson is putting his name on an exact replica of the custom amplifier used in his guitar rig. Dubbed the Lerxst Omega, the amp will be available to the public immediately.
The Lerxst Omega amplifier was created by Mojotone based on a vintage Marshall amp Lifeson used in the studio while recording the band’s latest album, “Clockwork Angels.” With select modifications made to the circuitry and an overwhelming attention to aesthetic detail, this 25/50 watt amp is a marvel in the world of modern sound amplification. And for a guitarist like Alex, who has one of the most distinctive and recognizable tones in rock music, the Lerxst has to live up to a high level of expectation.
“It sounds so good!” stated Lifeson, moments after receiving the very first build of his new signature amp. “We pulled the Marshall last night after A/B-ing the two. The tonal character is quite similar, but the response of the Lerxst® has greater immediacy, sustain and grip.”
Mojotone–in direct partnership with Alex Lifeson–will produce the all hand-wired Lerxst Omega amp ($2,995) and matching Celestion G-12M loaded Tall 4×12 speaker cabinet ($1550). The amp and cabinet will be available via the lerxstamps.com website immediately.