The new offset body guitar from AXL is loaded with P-90s the company says are among the hottest pickups they use

Hayward, CA (December 30, 2010) — AXL has introduced an all-new MJZ body shape with P-90s in both standard and Badwater finishes. With a solid alder body and a rock maple neck, the MJZ starts with a tried-and-true foundation, adding two overwound Alnico P-90 pickups controlled by a 3-way switch that AXL says are some of the hottest pickups that they put on their guitars.

The offset body design is available in Lake Placid blue, sunburst, and metallic silver with matching bound headstock. It is also offered it in two of their most popular Badwater finishes, off-white and antique brown. AXL rounds out the classic design features with a tortoiseshell pickguard, tremolo bridge, rosewood fretboard, and 25-1/2” scale length.

The all-new AXL MJZ (AZ-800/820) has an MAP of $209.99 and will be available in March 2011.

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Source: Press Release

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We’re almost finished with the aging process on our project guitar. Let’s work on the fretboard, nut, and truss rod cover, and prepare the headstock for the last hurrah.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll continue with our relic’ing project, taking a closer look at the front side of the neck and treating the fretboard and the headstock. We’ll work on the front side of the headstock in the next part, but first we must prepare it.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.



• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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