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  1. #61
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    I've had 4 ALs:
    * A Coral Red I got in Europe (hard to find those around, got it through this very forum!) in which I replaced the bridge pickup by a Bareknuckle Rebel Yell. Did a gig with it; just an incredible guitar.

    It got stolen when my apartment was broken into last year

    * A Black one I got to replace my stolen red one. Beautiful carbon pickupguard; I missed my red one's tone so much I ALSO replaced the pickup with a Rebel Yell

    * A Trans Blue AL SSS which resides in its case. It sounds amazing unplugged, and plays great: but the pickups sound very thin. I replaced the bridge pickup with a SD Custom single coil and it still sounds thin.

    I like my Strats to sound thick and powerful. She did not do the trick and she's for sale locally. It's a shame, she is stunning and the neck is GORGEOUS

    * A PDN (Starry Night) which came with drama (nut was WAY too high and neck wasn't aligned. I had to send the guitar back on my own dime which felt like poor CS, and still had to re-align the neck myself). This was compounded to the disappointment of the Starry Night finishes not looking much like what it seemed when they were announced...

    However I am loving this guitar. The finish wasn't the dull grey that appeared on some guitars: I got loads of sparkles, a noticeable burst, and some blue reflections. I replaced the bridge pickup with a Bareknuckle Crawler which brought a more balanced tone plugged-in. Its neck is insane!





    Last edited by Pott; 06-08-2017 at 11:01 AM.

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    Wow check this out!!!!



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    1. Silhouette Special in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    2. Silhouette Special in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/02] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    3. Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/01]
    4. Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/11] BFR

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    Yeah... saw that on the ALOC-FB group a while back.... I'd like to know the story behind all the custom mods...


    *this thread just exemplifies just how good ALs look in sparkles...
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

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    Hey guys I just wrote this article on the MM blog about ALs (seemed like the best place to put it): Albert Lee Guitar Buying Guide – Ernie Ball Music Man

    Enjoy! Let me know if you guys think any changes are necessary.
    St. Vincent "Prince Vince" trans purple gold hardware stealth pg roasted bound neck
    Albert Lee MM90 piezo "Silver Surfer"
    Classic Morse
    Luke BFR Koa
    Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow natural flame piezo
    Silhouette Special
    Stealth Bongo H
    White Cutlass Bass roasted neck

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    Glenn |B)
    1. Silhouette Special in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    2. Silhouette Special in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/02] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    3. Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/01]
    4. Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/11] BFR

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    Hey guys I just wrote this article on the MM blog about ALs (seemed like the best place to put it): Albert Lee Guitar Buying Guide – Ernie Ball Music Man

    Enjoy! Let me know if you guys think any changes are necessary.
    Casey, nice job, you let the discontinued MM90's out??

    Glenn |B)
    1. Silhouette Special in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    2. Silhouette Special in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/02] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    3. Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/01]
    4. Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/11] BFR

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    The article mentions coil tap. Is this referring to them being split, or are they split AND tapped?
    They are definitely split according to the tapping (the other kind, with a screwdriver, to see which coils are live) test at the very least.

    The AL HH is my favorite stock guitar on the planet but it's extremely sad to see it constantly restricted in its options availability (whole models and colors being discontinued, no piezo option etc...). Would that everyone saw it for what it is, a fantastic, lightweight, versatile axe!

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    The stock 5-way switch works as follows:

    Albert Lee HH | Guitars | Ernie Ball Music Man

    **whoops.... well, scroll down the page and click on "control function diagrams"
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWDavis28 View Post
    Casey, nice job, you let the discontinued MM90's out??

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    If they're not currently being manufactured we just don't cover them in the blog posts. Especially not for one the articles that are in this "buying guide" format. If we were covering the history of Albert and Sterling/MM then I would totally put a paragraph or two in there. But, Say someone read that article and wanted to go get an MM90 and either couldn't find one, or couldn't fine a new one, it would be frustrating/confusing.

    I love the ALMM90s but they just weren't big enough sellers. Doubling down on the HHAL was the proper move IMO, they made a big splash with younger players and helped us expand their appeal.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pott View Post
    The article mentions coil tap. Is this referring to them being split, or are they split AND tapped?
    They are definitely split according to the tapping (the other kind, with a screwdriver, to see which coils are live) test at the very least.

    The AL HH is my favorite stock guitar on the planet but it's extremely sad to see it constantly restricted in its options availability (whole models and colors being discontinued, no piezo option etc...). Would that everyone saw it for what it is, a fantastic, lightweight, versatile axe!
    First off to answer your question they would probably just be considered split. Coil tap would probably more accurately refer to something like how the Valentine or JP push-push pots work, where you're just splitting (or rather tapping) a single humbucker to get a single coil sound. However, in the context of the article I think people understand using the terms interchangeably.

    With the wiring on the ALs the 2 and 4 positions split the humbuckers to get one single coil tone from both pups, in parallel, simultaneously. which imo still sounds like a beefier more balanced stratty single coil tone. This is also the same wiring configuration as an Axis Super Sport.
    St. Vincent "Prince Vince" trans purple gold hardware stealth pg roasted bound neck
    Albert Lee MM90 piezo "Silver Surfer"
    Classic Morse
    Luke BFR Koa
    Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow natural flame piezo
    Silhouette Special
    Stealth Bongo H
    White Cutlass Bass roasted neck

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    Yeah I know the wiring well; it's what I wire ALL my guitars like I love this combo; it's got my favorite Strat tones AND my favorite metal tones! My Waghorn, Aristides, Reiver, Kiesel, and all other MusicMan (apart, of course, from the AL SSS and the Valentine) are wired to this exact spec. The only one which isn't is my Vigier... but that's in the backlog.

    Tap = tapping an existing wire to another, shorter length, to lower its output (so, for example, you could get two different output levels in a single coil)
    Split = only enabling one of the coil of a humbucker through your circuit

    When I saw 'tap' in the article I got confused, since after swapping many AL HH pickups I never noticed a tapped coil; just the standard 4 wires to split the coils. However, as you mentioned, it's a common semantics swap.

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    Dweezil's Strato Blue AL, sorry for the small picture it's the only one I have.



    Found a better picture.



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    Last edited by GWDavis28; 06-08-2017 at 12:52 PM.
    1. Silhouette Special in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    2. Silhouette Special in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/02] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    3. Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/01]
    4. Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/11] BFR

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    Mr.Ball, would it be at all possible for you to share with us a rough, round-a-bout, guesstimate number of how many new AL models sell each year? And then even to add the number of SSS models vs. HH models?
    I’ve been curious about this for some time. Even though there is a small group of us here that are passionate about the AL model, I suspect that we are a small percentage of the EBMM guitar buying population. I’ve always assumed the number of new AL’s sold every year is pretty small.
    Unless I’m wrong about that (and I hope I am…), from a business standpoint, it must be challenging to still offer the AL model at all.

    **edit- I just read the ‘buyers guide’ you wrote on the blog. VERY well done sir!
    It gives me hope that the AL model will continue for some time to come…
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    Mr.Ball, would it be at all possible for you to share with us a rough, round-a-bout, guesstimate number of how many new AL models sell each year? And then even to add the number of SSS models vs. HH models?
    I’ve been curious about this for some time. Even though there is a small group of us here that are passionate about the AL model, I suspect that we are a small percentage of the EBMM guitar buying population. I’ve always assumed the number of new AL’s sold every year is pretty small.
    Unless I’m wrong about that (and I hope I am…), from a business standpoint, it must be challenging to still offer the AL model at all.

    **edit- I just read the ‘buyers guide’ you wrote on the blog. VERY well done sir!
    It gives me hope that the AL model will continue for some time to come…
    I'm gonna ask around about that tomorrow, I'm sure even if I can't give you specifics in numbers I might be able to say where it stacks up in the hierarchy of how each model sells.

    I'm not going out on a limb when I say that JP/Ms and StingRays lead the pack respective to guitar/bass sales. But where everything else falls I'm actually not certain. If its something that I get the ok to share I'll let you know.
    St. Vincent "Prince Vince" trans purple gold hardware stealth pg roasted bound neck
    Albert Lee MM90 piezo "Silver Surfer"
    Classic Morse
    Luke BFR Koa
    Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow natural flame piezo
    Silhouette Special
    Stealth Bongo H
    White Cutlass Bass roasted neck

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    Thanks Casey for the Blog. It sates the appetite of ALOC members, I'm sure.

    In the years I've been a member on this forum it seems like yer Dad had a policy of not giving out specific numbers on guitars - maybe that stance will have changed a little.

    I know the your Dad and I are owners of the Black Limited Edition 2006 AL - at the time of it's production it catered for the requirement to have a mahogany fret board- unheard of back in the day - unless you were an endoresee? I know at the time Tyler Dow Bryant had one but was attracted to the offers made by other guitar manufacturers.

    I would have loved to have known the numbers of 2006 LEALS produced with an MM90 and trem option ... but as I say this information was never released :-(.

    Thanks very very much for your input into this thread - The ALOC has re awakened from their "slumbers" lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    I'm gonna ask around about that tomorrow, I'm sure even if I can't give you specifics in numbers I might be able to say where it stacks up in the hierarchy of how each model sells.

    I'm not going out on a limb when I say that JP/Ms and StingRays lead the pack respective to guitar/bass sales. But where everything else falls I'm actually not certain. If its something that I get the ok to share I'll let you know.
    Hey man, might be a small error in your AL post. It says SSS can be had with rosewood board. I bring it up because its not there on the configurator when you go on the SSS on the site

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