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(Ultimate Classic Rock)   Alex Lifeson sends bulk of guitar collection to auction. "I sat there with that case in between my legs and, maybe it sounds a little corny, but I was talking to it. I was reminiscing about gigs that we did together and kissing the bubble wrap"   (ultimateclassicrock.com) divider line
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2022-05-16 10:17:02 AM  
Since he's still playing, I can only assume this was his way of "closing the book" on Rush once and for all.


I like his new thing, even if it is quite different from what he's done before

Envy Of None - Look Inside (Official Video)
Youtube QF-lfYi7DXk
 
2022-05-16 10:24:40 AM  
If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.
 
2022-05-16 10:28:07 AM  
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2022-05-16 10:31:57 AM  
Damn, dude, there's no rush to get rid of your guitars.
 
2022-05-16 10:39:23 AM  
Hell I'd probably say a few words to a favorite guitar too if one was on its way out the door for good.
 
2022-05-16 10:39:37 AM  

drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.


I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage
 
2022-05-16 10:55:23 AM  
Good for him, he has a giant collection though!
 
2022-05-16 10:55:38 AM  
I don't know who this is. anyone care to educate me? no rush.
 
2022-05-16 10:57:20 AM  

sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage


All mine will end up at goodwill or given away I'm sure. I'm sure the wife will be just: "Back a truck up to the garage and take ALL that shiat."
 
2022-05-16 11:00:26 AM  

chucknasty: I don't know who this is. anyone care to educate me? no rush.


I get the joke but I had to click the article to figure out who that was.

I'd only heard of Geddy and Neil.
 
2022-05-16 11:01:43 AM  
Alex:  Hey, Geddy, I have all these guitars and I'm not sure what to do with them...
Geddy: SALESMAN!!
Alex: Great idea!
 
2022-05-16 11:05:36 AM  

Snapper Carr: Since he's still playing, I can only assume this was his way of "closing the book" on Rush once and for all.


That's a good take on it.  It has to hurt parting with something that you've spent thousands of hours over the years playing, and yet it's probably the right thing & time to do so.  Right now he's going to get more for them (proceeds to charity) than he would in a decade or so when he's ready to really retire.  The nostalgia factor for Rush is still high & there are probably plenty of fans willing to drop some serious cash on some of his iconic guitars.  Ten years from now & you're getting into "You want me to pay 'how' much...?" territory.

And it's not like he can't (or doesn't have the money to) go buy equally good guitars that look different than the ones he's parting with.

/MrsRT & I are kind of going through a similar thing these days.  We're hoping to downsize from this house by the end of the year & are going through/culling the things that have accumulated over the decades.  So many things that have sentimental value (the first 'x' that we bought after getting married) that we both agree will never be used again. And yet we have to force ourselves to put it in the 'goes to Goodwill' box.  It's tough, much respect to Alex for doing this for a good reason.
 
2022-05-16 11:06:36 AM  

OkieDookie: Damn, dude, there's no rush to get rid of your guitars.


He's already made The Big Money, but now that he's no longer in the Limelight, he might as well Roll the Bones and auction them off.  Time Stand Still for no one, after all.
 
2022-05-16 11:22:42 AM  
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2022-05-16 11:24:39 AM  
I mean, let's be real - he still has some guitars. He probably has another hundred he's keeping. The gear life chooses you, not the other way around.
 
2022-05-16 11:50:45 AM  

drewogatory: sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage

All mine will end up at goodwill or given away I'm sure. I'm sure the wife will be just: "Back a truck up to the garage and take ALL that shiat."


I have a family member who's the sort of collector that you read about.  When we get the chance to hang out at his place I get a "tour of the 50's and 60's" through Leo Fender's eyes.

A few years ago he was talking to his insurance guy about it.  Their house had been broken into but the alarm scared the would be thieves off.  The advice the insurance guy gave was to keep a journal with one page for each instrument; document the model name, specs, serial number, where it came from, any modifications, price you paid for it, etc.  Take pictures of it and stash them in a secure location.  If the pics are digital put it on a USB stick and have someone you trust hang onto it and update it once a year if necessary.

To insurance guys a Strat is a Strat.  They don't want to do any more work. than they have to  If you tell them Strat they're just as likely to find a new Squier on Sweetwater and call it a day and the difference between that and a1988 Plus Ultra is a significant number.
 
2022-05-16 11:57:42 AM  

OldRod: Alex:  Hey, Geddy, I have all these guitars and I'm not sure what to do with them...
Geddy: SALESMAN!!
Alex: Great idea!


That's the spirit!
 
2022-05-16 12:25:01 PM  
If you spend that much time having a close connection with something and then don't talk to it before you sell it, then that's just weird.
 
2022-05-16 12:39:17 PM  

Skarekrough: drewogatory: sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage

All mine will end up at goodwill or given away I'm sure. I'm sure the wife will be just: "Back a truck up to the garage and take ALL that shiat."

I have a family member who's the sort of collector that you read about.  When we get the chance to hang out at his place I get a "tour of the 50's and 60's" through Leo Fender's eyes.

A few years ago he was talking to his insurance guy about it.  Their house had been broken into but the alarm scared the would be thieves off.  The advice the insurance guy gave was to keep a journal with one page for each instrument; document the model name, specs, serial number, where it came from, any modifications, price you paid for it, etc.  Take pictures of it and stash them in a secure location.  If the pics are digital put it on a USB stick and have someone you trust hang onto it and update it once a year if necessary.

To insurance guys a Strat is a Strat.  They don't want to do any more work. than they have to  If you tell them Strat they're just as likely to find a new Squier on Sweetwater and call it a day and the difference between that and a1988 Plus Ultra is a significant number.


I have separate rider on my insurance for mine. Listed by description, s/n and replacement value along with pictures I keep.
That reminds me i need to update for the newest additions.
 
2022-05-16 12:42:27 PM  

Snapper Carr: Since he's still playing, I can only assume this was his way of "closing the book" on Rush once and for all.


I like his new thing, even if it is quite different from what he's done before

[YouTube video: Envy Of None - Look Inside (Official Video)]


I saw a long interview with Alex and Geddy that was released only a couple weeks ago.  They've hung out plenty of times, but they have yet to play together since Neil's passing.

Rush: Full Interview | House of Strombo
Youtube -U0mnz__iUg
 
2022-05-16 12:49:09 PM  
god dammit, still pissed/sad about that loss.
 
2022-05-16 1:25:25 PM  
Man, that does have to be a bit tough, but moving on is part of the process. I'm glad to see that he recongizes that.

That said, I really, really want to buy a Rush pinball machine.

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They've already sold out of the Limited Edition one. At $11k. The premium is $9k. I just need to convince the wife that I need second pinball machine...
 
2022-05-16 1:35:48 PM  

Skarekrough: drewogatory: sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage

All mine will end up at goodwill or given away I'm sure. I'm sure the wife will be just: "Back a truck up to the garage and take ALL that shiat."

I have a family member who's the sort of collector that you read about.  When we get the chance to hang out at his place I get a "tour of the 50's and 60's" through Leo Fender's eyes.

A few years ago he was talking to his insurance guy about it.  Their house had been broken into but the alarm scared the would be thieves off.  The advice the insurance guy gave was to keep a journal with one page for each instrument; document the model name, specs, serial number, where it came from, any modifications, price you paid for it, etc.  Take pictures of it and stash them in a secure location.  If the pics are digital put it on a USB stick and have someone you trust hang onto it and update it once a year if necessary.

To insurance guys a Strat is a Strat.  They don't want to do any more work. than they have to  If you tell them Strat they're just as likely to find a new Squier on Sweetwater and call it a day and the difference between that and a1988 Plus Ultra is a significant number.


My home insurance requires invoice (for new) or appraisal letter (for used) for insuring musical instruments.

Otherwise when that David Gilmour's original Blackie that cost you hundreds of thousands at auction gets stolen the insurance will pony up enough to buy a black squier bullet. Used.
 
2022-05-16 1:37:38 PM  

Polish Hussar: Snapper Carr: Since he's still playing, I can only assume this was his way of "closing the book" on Rush once and for all.


I like his new thing, even if it is quite different from what he's done before

[YouTube video: Envy Of None - Look Inside (Official Video)]

I saw a long interview with Alex and Geddy that was released only a couple weeks ago.  They've hung out plenty of times, but they have yet to play together since Neil's passing.

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Thanks for sharing this, what a great interview.
 
2022-05-16 2:07:13 PM  

uberalice: Skarekrough: drewogatory: sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage

All mine will end up at goodwill or given away I'm sure. I'm sure the wife will be just: "Back a truck up to the garage and take ALL that shiat."

I have a family member who's the sort of collector that you read about.  When we get the chance to hang out at his place I get a "tour of the 50's and 60's" through Leo Fender's eyes.

A few years ago he was talking to his insurance guy about it.  Their house had been broken into but the alarm scared the would be thieves off.  The advice the insurance guy gave was to keep a journal with one page for each instrument; document the model name, specs, serial number, where it came from, any modifications, price you paid for it, etc.  Take pictures of it and stash them in a secure location.  If the pics are digital put it on a USB stick and have someone you trust hang onto it and update it once a year if necessary.

To insurance guys a Strat is a Strat.  They don't want to do any more work. than they have to  If you tell them Strat they're just as likely to find a new Squier on Sweetwater and call it a day and the difference between that and a1988 Plus Ultra is a significant number.

I have separate rider on my insurance for mine. Listed by description, s/n and replacement value along with pictures I keep.
That reminds me i need to update for the newest additions.


The upside of doing the journal is that I get to add maintenance logs.

Especially with COVID, two gigging bands and premium strings that last longer than a month, it's hard to keep track of what needs work and what just had work.
 
2022-05-16 2:09:13 PM  

sotua: My home insurance requires invoice (for new) or appraisal letter (for used) for insuring musical instruments.


In most instances insurance won't balk about it if you correct them.

But when you get weird like me and have a few of things then the perception starts to get a little suspicious.
 
2022-05-16 3:54:53 PM  

Polish Hussar: Snapper Carr: Since he's still playing, I can only assume this was his way of "closing the book" on Rush once and for all.


I like his new thing, even if it is quite different from what he's done before

[YouTube video: Envy Of None - Look Inside (Official Video)]

I saw a long interview with Alex and Geddy that was released only a couple weeks ago.  They've hung out plenty of times, but they have yet to play together since Neil's passing.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/-U0mnz__iUg]


great find, thanks
 
2022-05-16 5:03:39 PM  

Skarekrough: sotua: My home insurance requires invoice (for new) or appraisal letter (for used) for insuring musical instruments.

In most instances insurance won't balk about it if you correct them.

But when you get weird like me and have a few of things then the perception starts to get a little suspicious.


Sure, if you were to correct them from MIM Fender to MIA Fender that would probably not raise many eyebrows. If you were to correct them to "all original parts 60's Fender" they probably want to see some corroboration.

My most valuable instrument is probably not that valuable on the market (mid-90s MIJ Fender, in perfectly playing but quite blemished and non-original condition), but it's immensely valuable to me. It's the only one that has survived years and years of buying and selling sprees.
 
2022-05-16 5:25:13 PM  

drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.


Yep. Gove them to charity now so the heirs don't fight over them later.
 
2022-05-16 6:24:31 PM  
He spent a lot of money suing those cops in Florida
(that manhandled him and his kid) but still lost
 
2022-05-16 7:20:12 PM  
No link to the auction? Pff, some native advertising article that was.
 
2022-05-16 8:11:34 PM  
I downloaded his new album.  When I listened, it really reminded me of Garbage for some reason.  And since there is one in every crowd (sometimes it's me), I mean the band.
 
2022-05-16 8:42:29 PM  

sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage


I wanted the red one from T4E or the black one from the R30 tour
 
2022-05-16 9:02:51 PM  

dietbubba: sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage

I wanted the red one from T4E or the black one from the R30 tour


For me it's always been the blue PRS (the one from the guitar player mag ad) and the white Gibson 335. He can keep the rest.
 
2022-05-16 10:32:12 PM  

jimpapa: Polish Hussar: Snapper Carr: Since he's still playing, I can only assume this was his way of "closing the book" on Rush once and for all.


I like his new thing, even if it is quite different from what he's done before

[YouTube video: Envy Of None - Look Inside (Official Video)]

I saw a long interview with Alex and Geddy that was released only a couple weeks ago.  They've hung out plenty of times, but they have yet to play together since Neil's passing.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/-U0mnz__iUg]

great find, thanks


Thanks, I found that a couple days ago.  I'm going to submit it to the Entertainment tab just as soon as I can come up with a decent headline for it.  Strombo has some quality interviews in his archive, including going track-by-track through "Moving Pictures" with Neil Peart.

Neil Peart on 'Moving Pictures' Track By Track
Youtube JWyeMA78EEk
 
2022-05-16 11:02:51 PM  
Ii think the only guitar I ever parted ways with was a red Melody Maker.  It played bad and sounded worse.  I traded it to a friend for a 70s HiWatt head.  I feel I got the better end of the trade.
 
2022-05-16 11:14:57 PM  

drewogatory: sotua: drewogatory: If his kids don't play, no reason to keep them all.

I think one of his kids got the blue PRS from the Counterparts era.

/Lucky bastage

All mine will end up at goodwill or given away I'm sure. I'm sure the wife will be just: "Back a truck up to the garage and take ALL that shiat."


I will choose goodwill
 
2022-05-16 11:22:52 PM  
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