Rare 1977 Video: Alex and his Guitars
Thanks to a head’s up from Rush is a Band, we learn about a rare 35-year-old video interview just posted on YouTube with Alex talking about his guitars.
The video is labeled “1975,” but as Ed at Rush is a Band points out, the video was taken at a September gig with UFO and that matches up with the band’s 1977 touring schedule. The band never played with UFO in 1975. What’s more, in the video Alex talks about his Gibson double-neck, which he had made for A Farewell to Kings, which came out in 1977.
The video looks like it was originally recorded on 16-millimeter film, not video, and later converted. In it, Alex talks about the half dozen or so guitars he was using at the time, most of them Gibson, starting with his custom-made Gibson ES 355 TD hollow body, which for a while he kept stuffed with cotton to cut down on “microphonics,” which just refers to unwanted electrical noise. Next he showed his 1968 Gibson ES 335 TD hollow body, one of his first guitars.
Other guitars he talks about:
- Gibson Les Paul standard solid body, which he uses as a practice guitar because he can’t get the same level of clarity out of it that he can from his hollow-body Gibsons
- Modified Gibson ES double-neck
- Acoustic Gibson 12-string
- Epiphone acoustic
What makes Alex’s playing unique? You decide!