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Alex Lifeson’s signature 30-watt, 6L6-powered combo offers tones from clean to scorching, that offer much more than just Rush sounds.

A powerful grab-and-go tube combo with gutsy lead and rhythm tones from an admirably simple control complement. Nice construction quality.

Independent lead and rhythm gain controls would be a plus.

$1,999

Lerxst Chi Combo
mojotone.com

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In addition to being one of the world’s most-accomplished rock guitarists, Alex Lifeson is, it seems, a dab hand at product conceptualization, too. The latest evidence is the CHI Combo, a new addition to the Lerxst amp series, which is Lifeson’s collaboration with Mojotone of Burgaw, North Carolina.

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What assumptions do you make about this guitar's sound?

Photo courtesy of Martin Guitars

Why do we all reach for the same words when describing our acoustic guitars? Luthiers chime in on how we talk about sound.

Someone—the historical record is unsure exactly who—once opined that writing about music is the same as dancing about architecture. The speaker saw little value in trying to formally analyze or describe a piece of music, an art form so inherently personal and subjective. I might also find it hard to communicate to someone what makes a musical work exciting to me, but when it comes to guitar tone, this is exactly my job at Acoustic Music Works. Whether it’s over the phone or in copy on our website, I’m called upon daily to put the tonal attributes of a particular instrument into words.

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“You can go and have a bite and you’ll still be hearing that one.”

Let’s debunk what makes an electric guitar sing and what’s just hype.

Electric guitar sustain has been a hot topic and punchline for guitarists forever. Sustain is one of the buzziest of guitar buzzwords—right up there with “tone” and “feel.” The capability of an instrument to hold a note (or groups of notes) for long periods is often cited in advertising materials vying for your attention, but where does sustain come from and does it really matter?

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