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2014 NAMM Show Premieres New Alex Lifeson Guitar and Neil Peart Snare Drum
The Winter 2014 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show is currently taking place in Anaheim, California. Easily the most important event in the music-making industry calendar, the NAMM show brings together all of the major hardware and software manufacturers and a host of celebrities for an industry-only convention.
Rush is well represented at this year's show as both Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have showcased items on hand. For Alex, he worked with PRS Guitars to develop a new Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic guitar. From the press release:
“During the 2013 Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a PRS Angelus Cutaway. It quickly became my pre-show warm up guitar, and I spent many hours in many hotel rooms lost in the gorgeous sound and tone of that beautiful instrument. I'm very happy to announce that I have collaborated with PRS to develop an Alex Lifeson Signature model based on this superlative platform,” said Lifeson. “If you're like me, you won't be able to put it down.”Due out in the spring, more information on the guitar is available at the PRS website.
The Alex Lifeson signature acoustic is made in PRS Guitars’ Maryland shop and features a bearclaw spruce top and koa back and sides with a mahogany neck and ebony bridge, fretboard, and headstock veneer. It is adorned with Mother of Pearl and Paua “Birds in Flight” inlays and Paua purfling along the top, fretboard, and headstock veneer.
DW Drums premiered an all-new line of Icon snare drums which honor Neil Peart, Roger Taylor of Queen, and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. From the brochure:
The snare drum sizes and shell configurations are as played by each artist, with one dramatic new design element. The finish is painstakingly laser-cut, then hand-inlayed from a variety of jaw-dropping exotic wood veneers. For Neil Peart’s drum, the Time Machine motif is realistically recreated in the wood, while Queen’s ornate, Freddie Mercury-designed crest is depicted, as is Pink Floyd’s famous Dark Side of the Moon prism and waveform image. Each drum is protected with clear gloss lacquer and includes Collector’s Series® snare drum standard features such as our MAG™ throw-off system with 3P (3 position) buttplate, True-Hoops™, True-Tone™ snare wires, True-Pitch™ tuning, and DW Heads by Remo USA®. Also included are a premium DW snare bag, certificate of authenticity, and a legend that describes the woods used for each specific drum. You can download the brochure from the DW Drums website.
Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.