A nine-piece string ensemble joins the group on the Clockwork material, as well as on a few older Rush chestnuts (“YYZ” and “Red Sector A”).

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Rush
Clockwork Angels Tour
Zoe Records/PGD

It’s easy to see why Rush doesn’t tour with an opening act. They need every minute to dig through their 30-plus-year catalog. Always the documentarians, for their latest live DVD/CD Rush culled a majority of the tracks from Clockwork Angels, but this time Canada’s favorite three-headed prog trio aren’t alone. A nine-piece string ensemble joins the group on the Clockwork material, as well as on a few older Rush chestnuts (“YYZ” and “Red Sector A”). To the die-hard Rush fan—is there any other kind?—the band’s setlist choices might signal a newfound acceptance of the more keyboard/synth-centric sounds from their mid-to-late-’80s catalog. The majority of the first set comes from some of the least guitar-friendly albums the band has made, but in the live setting Alex Lifeson’s guitar doesn’t get the shuttered treatment of the original studio versions. Although not as packed with hits as Rush’s previous live DVD, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, Clockwork strikes a balance that even new fans can appreciate.

Must-hear track: “The Big Money”

An all-analog polyphonic amplitude synthesizer that alters the attack and decay time of any sound source without sacrificing the fidelity of the original tone.

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A newly designed koa wonder that packs a punch.

Incredibly easy to play. Well-balanced tone.

Not as visually stunning as other koa models.

$3,499

Taylor 724ce
taylorguitars.com

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Hawaiian koa has been a favorite of boutique acoustic builders for ages. It has a cool tone personality, somewhere between rosewood and mahogany. It can be used for both back and sides and for top wood, and it’s beautiful. It’s also pretty expensive. The good news is that Taylor’s new 724ce is built with a breed of Koa that actually helps players save a few bucks.
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Kenny Greenberg with his main axe, a vintage Gretsch 6118 Double Anniversary that he found at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville for a mere $600. “It had the original pickups, but the finish had been taken off and the headstock had been repaired. So, it’s a great example of a ‘player’s vintage instrument,’” he says.

On his solo debut, the Nashville session wizard discovers his own musical personality in a soundtrack for a movie that wasn’t, with stops in Africa and Mississippi hill country.

Kenny Greenberg has been Nashville’s secret weapon for decades. He’s the guitarist many insiders credit with giving the Nashville sound the rock ’n’ roll edge that’s become de rigueur for big country records since the ’90s. It’s the sound that, in many ways, delivered country music from its roots to sporting events.

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