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Alex Lifeson Lerxst By-Tor Drive – Rush Clockwork Angels tones

The Alex Lifeson Lerxst By-Tor Drive pedal claims to give the sound of his OMEGA tube amp heads as used on Rush's Clockwork Angels

Guitar enthusiasts and Rush fans alike have a new reason to celebrate as Alex Lifeson, the legendary guitarist of Rush, in collaboration with Mojotone, unveils the groundbreaking Lerxst By-Tor Drive pedal. This cutting-edge guitar pedal marks a new chapter in the longstanding partnership between Lifeson and Mojotone, renowned for their high-quality guitar gear.

UPDATE 15/02/24 Now available as a full-production model pedal direct from Mojotone

Lerxst By-Tor Drive

The journey began in 2012 with the creation of a custom-built tube amp head for Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” recording and touring cycle. This amp, known for its unique sonic characteristics tailored to Lifeson’s preferences, led to the limited release of 100 “Lerxst OMEGA” amp heads. Now sold out, these amps were just the beginning of what has become a fruitful collaboration.

Lerxst By-Tor Overdrive


Today, the focus is on the latest creation, the Lerxst By-Tor Drive pedal. This pedal is a marvel of engineering, designed to encapsulate the essence of the OMEGA amp head in a more compact, pedalboard-friendly format. It offers guitarists the opportunity to experience the intensity and distinctive growl that the OMEGA tube amp is celebrated for but in a much more accessible format.

The Lerxst By-Tor Drive is not just about replicating the sound of its tube amp counterpart; it’s about versatility and control. With its ability to switch from light, crunchy drive sounds to full-blown overdriven tones, this pedal is a must-have for guitarists looking to diversify their sound. Its drive section includes the standard controls of drive, tone, and level, allowing for a high degree of customization.

Alex Lifeson and Mojotone Launch Innovative Lerxst By-Tor Drive Pedal

Amp Tone in a pedal

One of the standout features of the By-Tor is its onboard boost section that mimics the response of a tube amp’s gain stage. This innovative feature adds an extra layer of shimmer and chime to the guitar tone and can function independently or alongside the drive section.

The pedal also includes a unique order switch toggle, offering players the flexibility to arrange the circuits in their preferred order. This feature enhances the pedal’s versatility, catering to a wide range of playing styles and preferences.

For a deeper dive into the capabilities and sound of the Lerxst By-Tor Drive, check out the accompanying video demonstration.

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