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Discussing Alex Lifeson's signature guitar.
Smith: You've got a Gibson Les Paul, that is a signature?
Lifeson: Yeah, sure.
Smith: And how is it different from the Les Paul?
Lifeson: Well, it starts out –
Smith: And how cool is that?
Lifeson: It's really cool. When I was a kid, when I first started playing, I started playing guitar when I was about 12. So when I was about 13, 14 years old, there was a Music Store in Toronto called Long & McQuades. They were right downtown, and we lived up in the suburbs. I would go down every weekend, every Saturday, and I would take either a Les Paul or an SG off the wall, and I would play it for, like, an hour. And this goes on at music stores all over the world.
Smith: Yeah. People playing Stairway To Heaven – badly.
Lifeson: They would let me play for about an hour –
Smith: Plugged in?
Lifeson: Usually not plugged in. And then somebody would come over and say, "OK, kid, put the guitar back on the wall and beat it."
Smith: "You're gonna buy that?"
Lifeson: And then I'd come back the next week, and I'd do exactly the same thing. I was doing that week after week after week. And it was the same story: "OK, kid, beat it." But you always came back, and they always let you do it.
Smith: That's nice of them.