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From asking other UK EBMM players, buying from the USA appears to be a common route to getting what you want for a reasonable price. It’s just the buying blind thing that concerns me.
I'm always scanning the for sale thread on here and checking ebay so I will keep checking in and hopefully catch which guitars you (reluctantly) put up for sale.
Nice guitar! You are better off buying within your own country from an authorized dealer or distributor so that you can play the guitar first and take advantage of the warranty.
Simon, you've done it again. Do you play in a band?
I love humbucker guitars at home for their fatness and warmth, but in a band situation I much prefer single coils or better still P90/MM90s for their ability to cut through the mix. Of course your SSS will give some lovely cleans, I find the pups on the Albert SSS are still quite hot as singles go...
@ Coldsummer. Great Al - you will love the SSS I'm sure.
@bluesboy re stockists of MM guitars - I think you are about 2 hours driving from one of the best stockists in the UK. - Knighton guitars (in Knighton lol). Lovely part of the country - make a day of it?
A quick update, she arrived today, needs some new strings an a bit more 'float' on the trem, but boy she's a looker - the white pearl and maple is so classy. I'm already loving the SSS config, there's something very pure about single coils and I'm enjoying discovering them having spent so much of my life playing humbuckers. Tone isn't too cutting as I'd feared, in fact very smooth and rounded but with a nice bit of crispness and bite.
Well, that's about it for now, I'm off to the docs to sort my hands out. Only a right-handed guitarist will know how impossible life is with virtually no movement in the left hand ring finger and agonising pain - it's really not good when bending a note and having to pull out half way through, sounds awful tbh! Wish me luck.