Albert Lee: "I took the middle pickup out of this SG and put it on the Tele. I'd like to think I was one of the first people to do that!"

Albert Lee at Advision Studios, London, during the recording of jazz flautist Herbie Mann's album 'London Underground', 5th November 1973
(Image credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

When you hear the name Albert Lee, the first thing that will likely come to mind is his mastery of country guitar playing. His innovative, faster-than-the-speed-of-sound fingerpicking, masterful bends and mesmerizing B-bender work make him not only one of the great British country guitar players, but one of the greatest country guitarists of all time, period.

As it turns out, though, Lee was also one of the early adopters of electric guitar hot-rodding, if only by accident. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.