Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of February, 28 2000 through March, 6 2000

Drop Top 7
Maple Top on Basswood
Cajun Red with Binding

In Western culture the number 7 is considered very lucky. There are 7 days in a week, and the 7th day is Saturday—a very fun day. There are the 7 wonders of the world, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, the 7 seas and in fact, the results of my own personal survey show that, more people name the number 7 as their favorite number. What is the attraction to this number? Well since I got an “A” in calculus and trigonometry let’s do some high level math together shall we? Uh, 1,2,3,4,5,6….7? Did we do that right? If you and I counted 7 strings, we did count correctly. With that cool “A” logo and 7 tuning machines on the headstock, it must be a brand new Tom Anderson Guitarworks 7-String and with a beautiful maple top on the body it could only be a “Drop Top 7.”

If you are a 7-String player or ever thought that you might like to be, now is your chance. How about a 7-String instrument with the lush tone of a Tom Anderson guitar and the huge sound of the extra low bass string? The new possibilities are endless. Now imagine all this and a neck that, even with 7 strings, plays as easily as melted butter. If that is not enough, for sonic fine-tuning there is a full array of Anderson 7-String pickups from which to choose. I think the expression 7th Heaven is totally appropriate here.

Traditional six-string players may be saying to themselves, “Why?” But it can no longer be denied. Although the six-strings are here to stay, there is a 7-String “thing” going on in music and it has lasted too long and has gained in popularity too much to be just another musical fad. Jazz players have long known the benefits and added versatility of “7” but it has now found its way into the mainstream, adding depth and power to popular music. Due to the many calls and e-mails from 7-String players who wanted their’s to be an Anderson, we are now happy to offer the Drop Top 7 and the Pro Am 7.

The guitars you are looking upon are the first two production 7s, a Cajun Red Drop Top 7 with a vintage-style tremolo bridge and a Translucent Purple Drop Top 7 with a locking tremolo-style bridge. Both sport basswood backed/maple topped bodies but all regular Drop Top wood choices are available. The maple neck of the Cajun Red one features a Madagascar rosewood fingerboard while the Trans Purple is equipped with an Indian rosewood board. Both have a Hum/Single/Hum pickup configuration. This seems to be a very popular combination probably due to its versatile ability to produce almost any type of tone. We took both of these guitars with us to the NAMM Show where they were immediately scooped up. The Trans Purple went to Japan and the Cajun Red one went to Eddie at Music Loft in Raleigh, NC. Don’t call him to try and get this one though. It didn’t even make it to his guitar wall before Bob snatched it--but don’t be sad. We can make more and they will be spectacular!

Drop Top 7
Maple Top on Basswood
Translucent Purple with Binding

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