Cool New Stuff From PRS

PRS

PRS Guitars has announced a few very cool new instruments recently: the S2 Vela and the  SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Angelus. PRS says “Anchored by PRS playability and craftsmanship, the Vela is perfect for players who want PRS build quality and reliability with a fresh aesthetic. The Vela is the maiden voyage into an offset body shape for PRS and is both elegant and edgy. Loaded with a PRS-designed Starla humbucker in the bridge and the newly designed PRS Type-D single coil in the neck, the Vela has a bright, punchy tone that sounds great plugged into your pedalboard or straight into an amp. A coil-tap on the tone control allows the Starla pickup to split into single coils and explore a whole new range of tones. The newly designed plate-style bridge holds two brass saddles specifically designed for great sustain and perfect intonation so both rhythm and lead tones sound great no matter where you are on the fretboard.” More info and pics here. Read More …

Alex Lifeson & Mojotone Introduce The Lerxst Omega

Lerxst Omega

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! Read More …

NEWS: Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard

A couple of times over the last few days I’ve happened across photos of Gibson Les Pauls with Floyd Rose bridges (namely, Alex Lifeson in the current issue of Guitar Player, and a shot of one of Eddie Van Halen’s guitars from the 80s), and it’s got me thinking about the new Les Paul Axcess.

The Axcess was released in early December 2008 and it’s has a few playability enhancements compared to the Les Paul Standard, including a thinner body, special neck joint and ribcage contouring and, of couse, the Floyd Rose. There’s also a coil split accessed via a push-pull pot. Chuck a middle humbucker in there, Frampton-style, and I’d be in heaven.

CLICK HERE to buy one from Music123.