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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

Alex Lifeson interviewed for Guitar World special feature celebrating 70 Years of the Strat

Tue, Jul 2, 2024@11:28PM | comments

UPDATE - 7/16@3:08PM: The entire interview is now available online (thanks RushFanForever).

The August, 2024 edition of Guitar World magazine includes a special feature celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster. The feature includes interviews with several former Guitar World cover artists talking about the guitar they were holding in their own past cover photo. One of the featured artists is Alex Lifeson, who discusses the Hentor Sportscaster he was brandishing on the November, 1981 Guitar World cover:

The story begins in 1978 when I modified a Fender Stratocaster that I purchased new I replaced the bridge single coil [pickup] with a Gibson humbucker, reversed the input jack for easier access and added a Floyd Rose tremolo to replace the Fender tremolo. I used this guitar as a spare primarily and started using it increasingly for the Floyd Rose. It was renamed "the Hentor Porkflapsocaster." Shortly after, I commissioned Veneman Music to build a replica incorporating a shark neck, Floyd Rose and Bill Lawrence L500 pickup. This was the Hentor Sports-caster. This became the model for the Lerxst Limelight [Lifeson's new signature guitar with Godin]. ...

You can check out the entire feature in the August, 2024 edition of Guitar World magazine. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up and scans.