Rachel has a symbol hanging in her office that reads, “Everywhere is Gold.” This statement is a glimpse at totality and how it really operates—as long as we allow it to do so. It signifies that hidden within all situations and all events, no matter how they appear, are the gifts of goodness, love, abundance, prosperity and health. They are for everyone and we access these always-present gifts by allowing them to come forth unencumbered and unrestrained by our fears—which are not of reality anyway.
Yes, everywhere is gold and from a guitar standpoint that statement is no more true anywhere than it is at Mannys Music in New York City. They are calling Matt a genius you know. Who is Matt you ask? He is the guitar department manager at Mannys—and an Anderson lover. He is the one, along with Dana, who is responsible for this totally classy Shoreline Gold, Hollow T Classic. But this is not the only gold at Mannys. If you have the chance to nose around this landmark store, among other magnificent Andersons, you may also uncover two recently acquired Shoreline Gold Classics—one with a maple neck and one with a rosewood fingerboard. What a trio this makes—truly stunning.
But what is this fascination with Shoreline Gold? To understand more clearly we enlisted the help of an undeniable expert in the field, Professor Vincent Trembahr. He is the managing editor and co-creator of Archetypal American Axe Magazine and has made his fortune by buying and selling some of the world’s most coveted stringed instruments. He has long been recognized as perhaps the foremost authority on vintage guitars. We caught up with him at his Manhattan penthouse to ask him a few questions.
TAGW: Thanks for meeting with us Dr. Trembahr.
Trembahr: It is my pleasure.
TAGW: Vin, why is Shoreline Gold such a popular color?
Trembahr: Appearing in 1959, Shoreline is one of the very first custom colors to ever grace the body surfaces of an electric guitar and exemplifies a great romance for many players. Plus, it is such a beautifully soothing color that it is perfect for those times when you want to deviate from a Sunburst theme and yet not break with tradition. It is an excellent way to go.
TAGW: So, do you personally like the finish.
Trembahr: I don’t like it…I absolutely love it. As with many vintage connoisseurs, it is my personal favorite. They cite it as the perfect finish for remaining true to pure vintage heritage while stepping out with real class. Many electric guitar collectors feel it to be the most popular of all the early Custom Colors.
TAGW: Do you know where this color originated?
Trembahr: Why of course I do. Humbly speaking, I know it all. Shoreline Gold Metallic was a DuPont color introduced by the Pontiac division of General Motors in 1959 and also by Oldsmobile as Golden Mist. In the following year it appeared in the Buick lineup as Pearl Fawn and on Cadillac that same year where it was referred to as Fawn. Is that a Tom Anderson Guitarworks T-shirt you are wearing?
TAGW: Uh, my shirt…yes it is.
Trembahr: That is very cool. That is going to be worth something one day—I can tell. What color do you call that?
TAGW: Blue…Navy Blue.
Trembahr: That’s nice. Can I try it on?
TAGW: Sure, in fact why don’t you keep it.
Trembahr: Gee, thanks. I have always wanted one of these. I bid on one on e-Bay once but lost out at the very end. It went for $55.00. Admittedly, I don’t know too much about clothes but I do know guitars. I mean I really know guitars. I can smell a great guitar a mile away and your guitars smell really great to me. Who does your finishing work anyway?
TAGW: That would be Chuck and Tino and Tom.
Trembahr: Speaking as a professor, I can say that you guys do the best finishes in the business. Man, are they good. They just luster with flawless perfection and the hues are so rich and deep. The best I have ever seen and I have seen ‘em all kid.
TAGW: Thank you Professor Trembar. Shall we get back to the history lesson?
Trembahr: Kid, you Tom and the gang are the history lesson. All of you are now producing the most stupendous guitars history has ever seen. Have you ever played one?
TAGW: Well, yes we all play them everyday. Can we get back to…?
Trembahr: I have to be honest. I have been to Mannys. I have played your guitars and I LOVE THEM! From the moment I picked up this Hollow T Classic, held it to my chest and strummed it, I knew I was in the presence of a legend in the making. I am witnessing history all over again. That guitar resonates completely unrestrained from the tip of its headstock all the way down to its signature dual strap buttons. Good grief what a feeling; to hold it in my arms while it sang to me. And what do you do to those necks anyway? That thing played smoother than hot melting butter.
TAGW: Well, I think you are probably experiencing a combination of our exclusive neck geometry, stainless steel frets and satin finish—which feels like unfinished wood. But shouldn’t we get back to...
Trembahr: So I ran over to one of my favorite vintage amps they had in the store and plugged in. The sound from that guitar and those pickups was too much to be believed. I have heard many great vintage tones before but I have never heard anything this magnificent—never! It sounded like it was actually breathing pure tone from every fiber of its being. I am not joking! What kind of pickups are in that guitar?
TAGW: Oh, they are the Anderson TV1 for the neck and a TV3 in the bridge position. Professor Trembahr you are very kind to say these things but we came here to ask you about old colors.
Trembahr: Vintage colors, smintage colors—you guys do all the best vintage colors already—and so pure. You do all those gorgeous old shades for anyone who wants one. Now that is what I call cool—really cool. And the Mint White pickguard with the Vintage Tinted neck is such a nice touch. Yes, I have a PhD alright…and I am a doctor of timeless guitars. I have multiple degrees on the wall to prove it but these Andersons are the instruments of all time…of any time—that is for sure. For my money there is nothing that comes close!
TAGW: Thank you Dr. I don’t really know what to say.
Trembahr: You don’t have to say anything. All of us at the Outdoor Wilderness Equipment Institute feel the same way about Tom Anderson guitars—the absolute best!
TAGW: Outdoor Wilderness Equipment? I thought you were the editor of Archetypal American Axe Magazine?
Trembahr: Right. I am. Outdoor Wilderness Equipment or Archetypal American Axes, it is all the same really, isn’t it? All I know is all of us love to go backpacking with your amazing guitars strapped to our backs. They sound so good around the campfire at night—even unplugged—and that is a good thing since those darn amps can get really heavy after you’ve logged a few miles up a mountain. Just another testament to how well these Andersons are crafted.
TAGW: Great…well okay then. Thanks so much for the informative interview. We’re pleased you are enjoying our guitars so much. I should probably be going now.
Trembahr: Yes, you are very welcome. Say do you think I could get Tom to sign my new T-shirt?
Editors Note: Rachel is the happy voice that answers your phone calls at Anderson Guitarworks.
• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic
• FINISH: – Shoreline Gold
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Small 50’s V
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Medium
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Mint White
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome on Neck Pickup
• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Mannys/New York, New York