During a recent appearance on The Captain, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson shared his experience with Gibson and Epiphone guitars, pedals, and many more.
In the conversation, Alex revealed that he played with ‘lesser guitars’ in the early days of his career and confessed that his dream came true after buying his first Gibson guitar, which was the 335 model.
Moreover, Alex touched upon the fact that he used this guitar for forty-six years between 1969 and 2015 and pointed out that he developed a close relationship with this instrument as he played it in almost every show.
Because of playing the same guitar for such a long time, the iconic guitarist felt like it was natural and normal to stick on Gibson even though he tried out lots of guitars and brands throughout his career.
Additionally, Alex also recalled the time when he went back to Gibson back in the ’90s after missing the thick heavy tone of the Les Paul and said that it made him fall in love with the brand once again.
Here’s what the interviewer asked:
“You’ve played a lot of guitars during your professional career. What is it about Gibson guitars, that seems to continually draw you back to them?”
And Alex Lifeson responded with the following words:
“I started out with a lot of lesser guitars – the Canora and Harmony… But my first Gibson was a 335 and it was like a dream come true.
And I played that guitar from 1969 through to 2015. Certainly, in those early years, that was my guitar when we were playing clubs and high schools and all of that stuff, so it was a very close relationship that I had with that instrument.
So it was only natural that I would continue with Gibson, and as the band’s experience grew… and it’s like a box of tools, I got a lot of other guitars and other brands, and they all had their particular jobs.
I think I experimented a lot, I moved around quite a bit over the years, but always still played Gibson.
It was around the late ’90s that I really revisited Gibson, and it’s just that I missed that thick heavy tone of a Les Paul or an ES-series guitar, and once I got kind of got back into it, it started a whole new love affair with the instrument.”
You can check out the interview below.