"I have been using the Ernie Ball/Music Man guitars for quite a while now. I tend to toggle between the original Gold Sparkle Albert Lee model that was made for me by Dudley Gimple out of the custom shop in San Louis Obispo and two stock models, The 20th anniversary silhouette and the 25th Anniversary. Both the 20th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary have mahogany tone blocks (which comes stock) in them and for whatever reason it helps gives those guitars a little extra something. The 25th Anniversary is actually a chambered guitar so that helps give it a slightly different sound than your typical solid body. The Gold Sparkle Albert Lee features 2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers, A big 'ol 50's era maple neck with big frets and a 1/2 inch maple cap on the alder body. I had them add the maple cap to give the guitar a little more definition and help cut through the mix, especially on the distorted stuff. I realize the importance of the classic guitar tones (such as a Strat, Tele, Les Paul, 335 etc. ) but I also see the appeal of having something just a little different to help stand out from the crowd ..... for this reason, as well as their flawless craftsmanship and great tone, the Ernie Balls have been known to get a real workout."more
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