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    Albert Lee Makeover

    After playing it for a few years I decided two things about this guitar. I prefer maple necks and P90 pickups.

    I offered up the original rosewood neck in a swap for a maple neck, beej stepped up and a trade was made. I swapped out the original pickups I know blasphemy, but decided to drop in a set of Seymour Duncan Phat Cats, P90's in a humbucker form factor. In my opinion this was a success all around and the guitar plays and sounds fantastic. Original pickups were sold to a forum member.

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    Fred, that looks great! I've thought about trying 90s in 'bucker size, you might have just pushed me over the edge. Would it be sacrilege to swap them into my original Dargie JP?
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    Wow, that neck looks nice

    Seriously cool Fred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteDuBaldo View Post
    Fred, that looks great! I've thought about trying 90s in 'bucker size, you might have just pushed me over the edge. Would it be sacrilege to swap them into my original Dargie JP?
    Yes it would be sacrilege! 1-it's a dargie 2-it's a jp model wich should melt your face off 3- it's a dargie for cryin' out loud!

    The albert lee does look great with a maple neck and p-90 on that colour combo!
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
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    Hey fsmith - I'm digging it - gotta make your ride your own!

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    Fred, wow man, looks great. I've always thought the AL HH would be pretty cool with a maple neck, love it man!!! Michael would be digging it big time. Got any other pics?

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    The phat cat is a fantastic sounding pickup. I did that mod in an ASS back in the days and regret selling it. I will do it again for sure

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    Beej on which of the AL the rosewood neck landed?
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    yeah... i want one of these in the mint green...
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    How very cool! That is now a very special one of a kind AL!
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    That is the sexiest AL in existence.
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    Outstanding! An HH with maple neck is still on my wish list.
    I dig the p90's as well.
    Fyi - the new railhammer gnarly90 and tel90 are fabulous options. ..
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    That looks excellent, Fred. Mint green is such a great color. It's really cool that a fellow formite got the hallowed Axis pickups.

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    Awesome Fred good job now I understand why you wanted the maple neck! Great change and I am sure Mr. Greene would be proud.

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    I would love a rosewood neck but BEM fretboard with that sea foam green color, white pickguard, and cream knobs!
    2015 Sahara Burst JP15 7 Flame
    2014 Diego Blue Albert Lee HH
    2014 Sterling Silver SBMM *Signed* JP-60D
    2013 Plat. Silver JP13 7
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