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    I've joined the club but I just wish it had a tremolo...

    So, I am thrilled with my new Ernie Ball Albert Lee MM90! Well, it's a 2001, but there's maybe one ding on it that I can see on the back of the neck. White sparkle finish with birds eye neck...workmanship, finish, tones, just killer! I just wish it had a trem. I love it enough to keep it hardtail if I have to - but every other guitar I own has a tremolo of some sort and I find myself missing it. Has any one tried to retrofit a trem unit? I know I can buy a different Albert Lee, but I just love everything about this one, haha. Some pics - I was testing a vintage Helios 44 lens, so there's some flair and vibe going on.

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    I wouldn't put a kahler on a les paul been kicking myself ever since. I would just buy another with a trem and keep that one like it is. Find I am inspired with a guitar with no trem.
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    You might be right. It'd be my only hard tail electric which would probably lead me down some new directions...

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    Apparently, adding an aftermarket Bigsby is all the rage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    Apparently, adding an aftermarket Bigsby is all the rage.
    Hahahaha oh man. That would be sad... 😂

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    Probably easier to track down one that was made with a tremolo, though the MM90 versions are quite a bit harder to find. I definitely wouldn't try to fit a tremolo on that, especially with that awesome and rare finish.
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    That looks amazing!
    Adding a trem is doable but would be a bit of work to do. My personal opinion is keep as is and get another one with a trem when it pops up for sale.
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    I mean, I can see why the hardtails don't get the same love they do... but I love them. In fact when I have a tremolo I often seem lost as to what to do with it. One of the early guitars Billy Gibbons used in the studio, along with the legendary Pearly Gates Les Paul, was a Hardtail Stratocaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Probably easier to track down one that was made with a tremolo, though the MM90 versions are quite a bit harder to find. I definitely wouldn't try to fit a tremolo on that, especially with that awesome and rare finish.
    Quote Originally Posted by TrapperJ View Post
    That looks amazing!
    Adding a trem is doable but would be a bit of work to do. My personal opinion is keep as is and get another one with a trem when it pops up for sale.
    Yeah, I think you guys are right. I'd hate to make it unoriginal - even if a pro does the job and keeps it clean...it's perfect the way it is and will be another flavor in the studio. For folks that need a hard tail. And for when I grow into it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronstrumpel View Post
    Yeah, I think you guys are right. I'd hate to make it unoriginal - even if a pro does the job and keeps it clean...it's perfect the way it is and will be another flavor in the studio. For folks that need a hard tail. And for when I grow into it...
    Clapton definitely felt that it was a different sound. He never used the tremolo, and would block all of his. All of his signature models are the same way, when he could easily just make it a hard tail. Says the sound is different.
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    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Can you post pictures of the full guitar? Hard to see!




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    Nice man, congrats, I have the exact same guitar and absolutely love it!!!!





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    Quote Originally Posted by GWDavis28 View Post
    Nice man, congrats, I have the exact same guitar and absolutely love it!!!!





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    I love those white covers! Such a rad guitar...I've been more of a nitro-finish guitar guy, but with the finish these necks have, I'm blown away by the feel of this thing! Definitely made an exception in the finish department - helps that I'm also a sparkle finish kind of person!

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    Let's see if this upload works - had to resize images to make them smaller:
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    Ok, just uploaded five pics - I don't know how to make the gallery show them at the size I cropped them to...

    Quote Originally Posted by dibart77 View Post
    Can you post pictures of the full guitar? Hard to see!




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