Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of February, 19 2001 through February, 25 2001

Baritom Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Tortoise Burst with Binding

Baritom…that is a rather weird word. I wonder what it means? I grabbed the Webster’s and flipped it open to the Bs. B…ba…bar…there at the top of the page was the word baritone. It read: “baritone n. (bear-uh-tone) 1. A male singer or voice with a range higher than a bass and lower than a tenor. 2. An instrument with a range similar to that of a baritone.”

Let’s see? I flipped back one page and there filling an entire page was: “Baritom n. (Bear-uh-Tom) A word originating during the last century that denotes a specific type of baritone guitar, designed and manufactured by the superb guitar maker Tom Anderson Guitarworks. Having been created as an entirely new design beginning from the string plane out, it is now famous for its perfectly proportioned good looks that hide its longer 28 5/8th-inch scale length from all but the most trained eye. Its lowered tuning, usually B to B instead of the standard E to E, delivers a thunderously huge sound. Thanks to its 28 5/8th-inch scale and .012 to .068 string gauge, this instrument delivers its baritone voice with surprising clarity and completely normal-guitar-feeling playability.”

“This guitar first made its indelible mark on the music world when Pete Anderson appeared with Dwight Yoakam on The Tonight Show. Pete impressed the world by playing their version of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ on a 3 Color Burst, Baritom Classic. He stole the show.”

Editors Note: Make’n Music, a stellar music store in Chicago, is now in possession of this very guitar Pete used on the Tonight Show. Included in the case is a signed note from Pete and a video of the performance. What could be cooler than that?

I read on. “The Baritom Classic continued to thrill and delight some of the brightest stars of the music industry. Mark Goldenberg of Jackson Browne picked up a Shoreline Gold, Baritom Classic. Pete Anderson bought himself a white one with a tortoise shell pickguard while Christopher Cross broke new ground with his Translucent Green, Baritom Pro Am.”

“The evolution of this extremely impressive instrument was still underway when ‘Team Anderson’ arrived at the 2000 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville with an alder Baritom Classic in tow. Since they were in close proximity to the Mesa/Boogie booth, it didn’t take long for John Rinkor of Mesa to politely ask if he could plug this ‘big boy’ through Mesa’s new 3-Channel Dual Rectifier. John quietly and gently strummed while he skillfully adjusted the controls of the amp. Then with an amazingly musical, thunderous blast, the impressive sound of the Tom Anderson Baritom Classic pumped through the Nashville Convention Center. Immediately, a huge crowd gathered as John put this wondrous combination through its paces. He treated us to an unexpected variety of styles from giant, soothing clean tones to chunking articulated rhythms and ultimately breaking into his crushing 3rd-channel monstrous finale. The crowd loved it and so did John. Upon arriving home his first order of business was to order a Baritom—but not just any Baritom. John, being the innovative musician that he is, asked the question that had been on everyone’s mind, ‘Could you build me a Baritom Drop Top?’ ‘Why yes,’ was the response from Anderson, and while they were at it they decided to make one to display at the 2001 NAMM Show in Anaheim.”

“They say that lighting never strikes twice but such is not the case with the new Baritom Drop Top. When John Rinkor plugged this Tortoise Burst masterpiece into a 100 watt Nomad atop two 4x12 cabinets every head in the room turned toward the source of this magnificent resonance and John was assured that he had made the correct sonic choice for himself as well. The non-pickguard, maple-topped body and pau ferro fingerboard do an admirable job of keeping Baritom’s colossal wall-of-sound well organized while the SD1R-, SD1- and HO2 pickups lend themselves to this same objective. The sonic pallet of this instrument is so uncharacteristically versatile that it offers its heart and soul to every style of music imaginable. It is a whole new flavor available for every established musical arena with the ability to forge into new areas of its own.”

“If you would like to meet the world’s first Baritom Drop Top you need to meet Jimmy first. He is a great guy and has a wonderful store in New York called ‘New York Guitar & Bass.’

I closed the dictionary. Wow, I guess Mr. Webster must play a Tom Anderson too.


 MODEL: – Baritom Drop Top

 FINISH: – Tortoise Burst with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Basswood Back


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Pau Ferro Fingerboard



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Baritom Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 28 5/8-inch

 FRETS: – Medium

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – 5-Way w Master Split and Add-Bridge Switch



 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.068 tuned B to B

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – New York Guitar & Bass, New York

Baritom Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Tortoise Burst with Binding

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