Fan May Help Rush's Alex Lifeson To Continue Despite Arthritis

(Classic Rock) The owner of a firm that makes specially-adapted musical instruments has offered to create a guitar for Rush star Alex Lifeson. Lifeson is suffering from arthritis in his hands - a condition his bandmate Geddy Lee feels will eventually spell the end of the band's touring life.

But now instrument maker - and Rush fan - Jody Michael thinks he can help extend Lifeson's playing career with one of his specially-built guitars, which he claims can overcome some of the problems experienced by musicians with conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

His firm, Artisan Bass Works (ABW), uses patented ANSIR technology in its products. Put simply, it's an angled neck design which takes away much of the strain caused by having to keep the guitar in a playing position and makes the fretboard easier to navigate.

Mr. Michael hopes his designs will see his Rush journey come full circle. He's from Cleveland, Ohio, where the Canadian band first came to the attention of the world thanks to the support of local radio station WMMS. Read more here.

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