Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of January, 1 2002 through January, 7 2002


T Classic
Alder
Fiesta Red

Yea, I know it’s a little loud in here. I’m trying to speak over the background noise of the crowd. Take off your shoes. Can I get you something to drink? Orange juice—all right—a good choice. You know studies show that orange juice has even greater health benefits than beer. This was Bruce’s idea to have a Tom Anderson Guitarworks’ New Year’s Eve fiesta. You know, a party. Here, wear this hat. It looks good on you. Oh no, excuse me a minute. Chuck and Tom are celebrating by decorating with their paint guns again. Chuck! Tom! You can’t paint everything in the room Fiesta Red even if we are throwing a Fiesta Red New Year’s Eve fiesta! For goodness sake, you guys just painted Laurie’s new shoes Fiesta Red! She was going to wear those to the NAMM Show this January. Maybe she still will. You’re right, they do look pretty good. Oh come on now, how do you expect Ralph to talk on a Fiesta Red cell phone? Benny, stop swinging on Laurie’s trapeze! Dave, why the gorilla suit? This is not a costume fiesta. Jesse said he wants to wrestle you? Okay then. Jesse, I almost didn’t recognize you in the tights. You look good—I guess. Okay, we had better get started. Charles, please keep your feet out of the Fiesta Red punch bowl. Thank you.

Ladies and Gentlemen and Roy, allow us to unveil the 3 Fiesta Red Amigos. All 3 of these vintage beauties were built at exactly the same time which also resulted in catapulting Fiesta Red to the top spot for “Vintage Color on The Classic and T Classic” category for the 2001 model year.

Editor’s Note: It is rumored that Tom Anderson will present a stunning example of Fiesta Red in person at the 2002 NAMM Show.

Here are two guys I’d like you to meet, Brian Harris and Jeff from the Brook Mays Pro Shop in Dallas Texas. Theirs is the first of our Fiesta Red Classics. What makes this alder bodied Classic unique was Brian’s choice to outfit with a Small 50’s V, maple/Madagascar rosewood fingerboard neck. Notice how the reddish hue of the Madagascar rosewood relates to the finish. Customizing further, Brian chose to accent his creation with a Mint pickguard armed with VA12 pickups in the neck and middle positions. The VA12’s design advantage is their ability to switch between a warm, clear…best-you’ve-ever-heard…VA1 vintage tone and a hotter output that quite remarkably retains beautiful vintage character. This feature is affectionately known as a VA Booster. Standing guard over the bridge position is a VA3. It is in perfect symmetry with the boosted 12s by replicating the giant single coil bridge tone of our famous Hollow T Classic loaded with a TV3—scary good!

Next up is the very first-ever-in-the-world Fiesta Red, T Classic and Andy and Randy at Alpha Audio Works in Mystic Connecticut got it. Stand up Andy and Randy and take a bow. It’s powers and abilities originate from a perfectly attended alder body and a 62 Roundback, Indian rosewood fingerboard neck. One strum and you can feel that it wants to resonate forever. This time an Aged White pickguard was chosen to house the 2 VA12s that reside in the neck and mid positions while the unparalleled TV3 brings up the rear—truly a masterpiece of tone. And it being the very first one, is just that much cooler.

And rounding out our field is Stan’s very own Classic that he received with the skillful assistance of Jack from the illustrious Magdon Music in Olyphant, Pennsylvania. That is Jack over there with his hand in the fishbowl. Jack! Take off the swim fins, you’ll never be able to get in the tank, the opening at the top is too small! Dry your hand and come over here, Stan is going to play us a song on his new Fiesta Red Classic!

As with all vintage colors, the hues vary from manufacture to manufacture as to what the original shade actually may have been and what age in the vintage color’s life is being replicated. Anyway, when Stan first popped open his case, he wasn’t sure if he preferred Fiesta Red as it looks when it is brand new or, as we do it, the softened, lighter, aged look. Stan picked it up and marveled at its perfection of construction. He held it close—so comfortable. It must be the ergonomically superior body contours and perfect weight. He had heard of Anderson’s legendary Extended Bandwidth but nothing could have prepared him for that first strum. The entire guitar reverberated in perfect harmony while rumbling through his chest cavity. A giddy smile crossed his face that remained implanted there for 5 hours. The VA1s in the neck and middle positions and the VA2 at the bridge took him through a myriad of earthshaking vintage tones, plus vintage tones he didn’t even know existed thanks to The Classic’s expanded switching function. Finally, he put the guitar down. He was in love and now understands why the color is called Fiesta Red.

So what do you think? Good fiesta, huh! How about another drink? Sorry, we are out of orange juice but we didn’t spray Translucent Purple today so we have extra grape juice and it is even better than beer for increasing vascular elasticity.

GUITAR #1 SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – The Classic

 FINISH: – Fiesta Red

 BODY WOOD: – Alder

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Vintage Tinted Natural

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Vintage Tinted Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Small 50’s V

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – Mint

 NECK PICKUP: – VA12

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA12R

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA3

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Switch for 13 sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – Aged White

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Brook Mays Pro Shop/Dallas, Texas

 11-08-01P

GUITAR #2 SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – T Classic

 FINISH: – Fiesta Red

 BODY WOOD: – Alder

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – Aged White

 NECK PICKUP: – VA12

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA12

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with VA Booster and Add-Bridge Switch for 13 sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – Dark Coffee

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Alpha Audio Works/Mystic, Connecticut

 11-02-01P

GUITAR #3 SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Classic

 FINISH: – Fiesta Red

 BODY WOOD: – Alder

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Vintage Tinted Natural

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Vintage Tinted Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Piezo Pickup for Acoustic Guitar Sound

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – Aged White

 NECK PICKUP: – VA1

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1R

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA2

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Switch for 7 sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – Dark Coffee

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Magdon Music/Olyphant, Pennsylvania

 11-07-01A




T Classic
Alder
Fiesta Red





T Classic
Alder
Fiesta Red






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