Another MusicMan guitar, also with a very fine neck and action. Albert Lee is a hero – how can a guy from SE London become the best country guitar player in the world, let alone hold onto the title for many years? Respect, Albert.
This guitar is identical to Albert’s pinkburst – even the non-standard pearloid pickguard was cut by the same guy (once I had got past his harpy assistant who insisted that the first guard they cut for me didn’t fit because my guitar was not original. Fortunately, her boss Paul Chandler intervened and confirmed that the earlier guitars had a slightly different shape guard and that I was not wrong. Thanks, honey, have a nice day as you say over there). But it’s a hardtail whereas Albert’s has a trem (which he always looks uncomfortable using?!?).
If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the Bizarros in the 60’s Superman comics – the cranky, nothing-quite-works-right parallel dimension. The Albert Lee model always reminds me of a Bizarro Stratocaster. Straight lines where there should be curves. It sits like a Strat and has three pickups and a five way selector, but the neck feels and the guitar sounds like a good old Telecaster.
Really great through a Blackface Deluxe or suchlike. Mint, complete with original rectangular black case and candy, even the old-fashioned narrow strap with lambswool shoulder pad strap Albert prefers. Oh, and a pic of the guitar with Albert and me, of course. Cheers, Albert. The final pic is taken outdoors and shows the pink better than the indoor pix.