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The mysterious "Custom Made" AL...

xjbebop

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*this is a follow up to my original thread about this guitar - http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/70677-oddball-al.html

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This was listed on Reverb a few weeks ago, and the first thing that caught my eye was the maple neck/rosewood F/B combination. Sparked my curiosity, to say the least.
Posted about it here (thread link above, lot's of juicy details in that thread...), and contacted the seller, who was a shop in Washington State who had it on consignment for one of their best customers only referred to as "The Collector".
I wasn't the only curious member here, as it turns out GWD had contacted them as well.
Wasn't looking to buy, just wanted to know the story.
During researching the history, Mrs. Bebop (she loves a good mystery...) decided this was a rare opportunity and insisted I pursue obtaining it.
I negotiated with the shop, and being it was a consignment piece, it was up to the seller. After a few days they lowered the price enough that we sealed the deal.

I confirmed with EBMM customer service that this was custom built for an EBMM artist/endorsee in 2009. As per policy, they won't reveal who *but I would love to know...???
They were also mystified by the discrepancy of the S/N and the actual build.

Upon delivery and after initial inspection and testing, I removed the aftermarket electronics and installed the Railhammer loaded pickguard I'd been rocking on my original AL (Origin-AL??).
Now the Mystery AL looks great, sounds great, and plays like butter!
It's nowhere near pristine...it's road worn and sports plenty of battle scars, interesting yellowing of the finish around the edges and under the pick guard, but oozes mojo...
A great 'collector' piece!

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Cenobyte

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Nice... looks great! Being a Joe Walsh fan I'd just tell myself it was one of his and move on in life lol It had to be someone of some kind of influence tbh as 2009 is a year or so before they were made available for purchase if memory serves! I got my first one in late 2011 (made November 17th, 2010). Pretty sure Blues Saraceno had a couple of custom gold sparkle ALHH's pre-2010, which may have been the reason these even became a thing which EBMM decided to add to their lineup... so it's possible this was similar to those? Who knows... awesome find either way! :D
 
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TripHazard

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I’m loving it mate - great score. I need to try those pickups myself at some point. Currently waiting on a set of thornbuckers to try
 

GWDavis28

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Nice snag my friend and it looks great, my thought had I snagged it was to get it refinished, but that's me.

Congrats!!!!! Glenn |B)
 

GWDavis28

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Nice... looks great! Being a Joe Walsh fan I'd just tell myself it was one of his and move on in life lol It had to be someone of some kind of influence tbh as 2009 is a year or so before they were made available for purchase if memory serves! I got my first one in late 2011 (made November 17th, 2010). Pretty sure Blues Saraceno had a couple of custom gold sparkle ALHH's pre-2010, which may have been the reason these even became a thing which EBMM decided to add to their lineup... so it's possible this was similar to those? Who knows... awesome find either way! :D

So yes Blues had one, but a forum member and artist had one made as well and it was just after that the AL HH was born. Everyone was hot for it and it made it's way around the web, I'll see if I can locate the thread. I've heard the AL HH is a great seller, and having one I know why ;).

Glenn |B)
 

xjbebop

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Oh man... I've been so busy I forgot about the timeline.
As this was born in June 2009, y'all reminded me of a thread I started a few years ago...
http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/62831-history-albert-lee-model.html

After skimming thru this again, these two stood out to me -
http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/39903-2-humbucker-al.html

http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/39843-torture-yes-aloc-torture.html

...ah, the plot thickens....:cool:
 

GWDavis28

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Oh man... I've been so busy I forgot about the timeline.
As this was born in June 2009, y'all reminded me of a thread I started a few years ago...
http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/62831-history-albert-lee-model.html

After skimming thru this again, these two stood out to me -
http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/39903-2-humbucker-al.html

http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/39843-torture-yes-aloc-torture.html

...ah, the plot thickens....:cool:

This is the one I was thinking of NickDanger, super nice guy and this AL HH was all that!!!

http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/39903-2-humbucker-al.html

Glenn |B)
 
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