Alex Lifeson's First Electric Guitar, a Japanese Canora, Will Be Restored by Loucin Guitars

Alex Lifeson's First Electric Guitar, a Japanese Canora, Will Be Restored by Loucin Guitars

It was back in late 1996 when most Rush fans had their first glimpse of Alex Lifeson's first electric guitar - a red Japanese Canora. An early image of Alex with his prize appeared in the Test for Echo tourbook.

"My first guitar was a Kent acoustic; I got it for Christmas in 1966. It wasn't much of a guitar - I think it cost $10, which was a whole lot more money then than it is now. The strings were very high on the neck and it was pretty difficult to play - but I loved that thing. The following year, I begged my parents for an electric guitar, and that's when I got a Canora that was sort of shaped like a Gretsch Country Gentleman. And that was $59, I remember."

Now, 54 years later, the Loucin Guitars Co. has announced that they have be entrusted to restore this iconic guitar. From a recent post on their Facebook page:

Well, I've kept this secret for a couple months now, but I received the green light today to talk about it. I am completely delighted, floored and honored to announce that Alex Lifeson has asked me & entrusted me to restore his first electric guitar which his parents bought for him (Christmas 1967). A year later he formed RUSH with the very same guitar. The guitar right now is in a box, all in pieces, I'll be posting progress pictures every Alex Thursday on FB and IG.

Mind Blown 🎸
As indicated above, you will be able to track the progress of this restoration at Loucin Guitar's official Facebook Page. We'll also have updates posted here as they progress.

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