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    History of the Albert Lee model...???

    I seem to recall a few years back finding a few stories/videos about the origins of the Albert Lee model guitar, but striking out now...

    If anyone can provide links and/or first hand -accurate- information (BP???) about the true story behind this amazing guitar, it would be greatly appreciated!


    ...might even make a good sticky.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    I seem to recall a few years back finding a few stories/videos about the origins of the Albert Lee model guitar, but striking out now...

    If anyone can provide links and/or first hand -accurate- information (BP???) about the true story behind this amazing guitar, it would be greatly appreciated!


    ...might even make a good sticky.....
    Why don't you just watch the video Albert Lee made on the Music Man website for the AL guitar. It basically tells you how it came about. He saw it as a prototype, Sterling made one for his personal use, Albert liked it and Sterling gave it to him and it became his #1 guitar.
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    If I am not mistaken the AL started out its life as the Axis, and when AL got one and loved it it became his sig model and then the Axis became what it is today.

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    This Premier Guitar video has Dudley telling the AL origin story. A must watch for any EBMM fan:

    Ernie Ball Music Man - From the Vault Guitars: EVH, Albert Lee, Spinal Tap, Steve Morse Prototypes - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    This Premier Guitar video has Dudley telling the AL origin story. A must watch for any EBMM fan:

    Ernie Ball Music Man - From the Vault Guitars: EVH, Albert Lee, Spinal Tap, Steve Morse Prototypes - YouTube
    Very cool, which reminds me of REO Speedwagon guitarist having an early version of the AL when it was an Axis, seen a video somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweat View Post
    Very cool, which reminds me of REO Speedwagon guitarist having an early version of the AL when it was an Axis, seen a video somewhere
    I kind of remember that video/concert video; it was Kevin Cronin, their singer (who also plays rhythm), who had the AL/Axis. I think it was yellow.

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    Here is the story :

    One day,

    MM launched the AL model. Looks, playability, sounds, mojo were second to none. Every other guitar became crap.

    The end.
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    Very cool...thanks all for your contributions.
    So here's what we've got so far:

    The first 'reveal' was 1987 when an early prototype was presented to Sterling (intended to be called the Axis).
    Albert was present, was smitten with it and promptly took it for his own.
    It went into production in 1993 as the Albert Lee model.

    A couple of things I'm still curious about are who actually conceived of it originally (Dudley?? Sterling??), and what was the inspiration for such a forward / futuristic design back then??

    I know there's more acurate information out there, I'm trying to gather it all up in this one thread.

    Keep 'em coming!
    Last edited by xjbebop; 02-17-2017 at 01:17 PM.
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    I'm a bit surprised and disappointed there wasn't more interest in a thread like this... *sniff...

    Oh well, I suppose most folks are more interested in the 'new kids in town'...

    Long Live the Albert Lee!!!!
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    Seconded =best guitar ever

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    First AL HH, Nick Danger.

    my new 2-humbucker AL!

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    It was not the axis at first it was a christmas present. It was after a lunch that Dudley and I had (sushi, we are californians) where we wanted strat balance points but not a strat....wanted a retro "jetsons" shape

    the first one is made of the lightest flame maple body Heavily figured but paper light...

    Albert and I were playing for the EB Music man Xmas party I showed it to Albert and he said "Oh dear" so I gave it to him
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    Love the insight and stories! Thanks for sharing BP!
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    Outstanding...that's what I was hoping for!!!

    Any early pics to add??
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