Albert Lee has been blowing away country and pop audiences since he first came to notoriety as the lead guitarist for Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds. With his now legendary fiery hybrid picking style he has been one of the best country guitarists for seven decades. His Music Man signature series has developed and changed over time but retains that essence of Albert Lee that makes him so well respected within the guitar community
The AL40 has an unusual shape to it, with its slightly rounded rear end and part curved part pointed horns it has a classic vibe. The Mahogany body helps keep the weight off the guitar but still allows bold bass and mid tones to dominate the guitar, with the pickups providing the necessary pop for those twangy high-end notes. The hard Maple neck is both resilient and smooth for lightning-quick hybrid lines and the Jatoba fingerboard keeps the aesthetic light with its slightly reddish appearance. Jatoba is a very hard wood and will help provide the snappy tone.
Simple and Effective
The hardware on the AL40 is exactly what's needed for quick country melodies, A fulcrum tremolo system for that little extra bit of vibrato and die-cast machine heads to maintain accurate tuning. The Music man pickups provide snappy, popping tones in the bridge position and bubbly almost strat style tones in the neck. The 5-way selector lets you choose the three conventional choices from a HH configured guitar while also letting you split the coils and have inner and outer coils of both humbuckers selected.
The AL40 has a stand-out, eye-catching shape that comes in a range of understated colours. This guitar is a versatile machine capable of lovely blues tones as well as wild country licks. The purity of the Music Man pickups means this guitar is almost flawless when played clean and would be ideal for aspiring indie guitarists looking for something less rock and more roll. The hardware choices are simple and effective and overall the composition of the AL40 has kept the price to a minimum. This is a real guitarist guitar that allows you to stamp your personality upon it. The tortoiseshell designed pickguard adds a quirkiness to the overall look leaving it with an avant-garde look, it's a guitar with a soul and would be a great addition to any one’s collection.
Model AL40 Body Wood Mahogany Body Colour Trans Walnut (DB) Bridge Fulcrum Tremolo Pickguard Tortoise Scale Length 25.5” (64.8cm) Neck Radius 9.5” (24cm) Frets 22 Frets, Narrow Neck Width 1.65” (42mm) at nut Neck Wood Roasted Hard Maple Fingerboard Jatoba Fret Markers White Dot Markers Tuning Machines Die Cast Truss Rod Singer Action Neck Attachment 5 Bolt Pattern Controls 1 Volume, 1 Tone Switching 5-Way Toggle Pickup Selector Pickups HH Strings 009 - 042 Gig Bag N/A AVAILABLE COLOURS Daphne Blue (DB), Black (BLK) and Trans Walnut (TW)
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