Vintage Anderson! Meet “The Steak”—a 1994 black, Classic affectionately nicknamed by Mark Goldenberg’s guitar tech, Chainsaw, because our name reminded him of Stewart Anderson’s Black Angus Restaurant. “The Steak” went on tour with Jackson Browne beginning that year. Mark loved “The Steak” and played it everywhere. But the day came when he realized it could be fun to branch out. This time he chose a Translucent White, Hollow T Classic with 3 vintage pickups and a vintage tremolo bridge—you know, a Pete Anderson Model, Hollow T Classic. Once again he fell in love and had to come up with a name. Let’s see, white in color and goes well with “The Steak”—“The Potato” of course.
In the year that followed, “The Potato” worked its magic upon Mark and soon he needed another—to do his best work you know. He went crazy for a Tobacco Burst, alder bodied, T Classic we brought to the 2000 NAMM Show. He named it “The New Skipper.” I’m guessing it must have reminded him of the original Skipper.
July of 2000 saw Mark adding pure thunder to Jackson’s repertoire with a Shoreline Gold, Baritom Classic. And to command the world of impressive humbucker tones, he slipped a Trans Amber, Cobra in there on us somewhere.
“The Steak” was originally equipped with a Pearl White pickguard, Single/Single/Humbucking pickup configuration and a “Switcheroo” switching system—probably the best set-up if you have 1 guitar and want maximum versatility. However, now armed with an arsenal of Anderson guitars to cover any musical situation in spellbinding tone, it was time for “The Steak” to morph into something more specialized—time for it to get the vintage treatment. And who better to perform this delicate operation than the hands of the highly skilled and now famous Anderson surgeon, Bruce.
Bruce went to work updating “The Steak” with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System” and a full “tune-up.” It was then retroed with a complete set of our VA vintage pickups, Aged White pickguard and 5-Way switching with an add-bridge push/pull switch hidden on the tone control.
You can tell by the pictures that Mark was thrilled when he picked it up. He showed us all how he plays the opening riff from “Boulevard” and then insisted on singing and playing his favorite Buddy Holly tune for us—okay maybe I stretched it a bit with the singing thing. He did however order a Fiesta Red, Hollow T Classic with 3 Anderson vintage pickups and an all alder body. We’ll be sure to share that one with you when it is ready.
Mark is working with Jackson on a new album right now and they will most likely support the record with a tour when it is released. In the meantime, he is also performing with his own band, “Viva Goldenberg, around town. They are a mixture of Blues, Bossanova and “meandering space jams.” Also in the band are Dwight Yoakam’s drummer, Jim Christie and Jackson’s bass player, Kevin McCormick. You can catch them March 19th at Genghis Cohen in Hollywood and on March 30th at Zoey’s in Ventura.
MODEL: – The Classic
FINISH: – Black
BODY WOOD: – Alder
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple with an Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Black
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback
NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
FRETS: – Small
BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Gold
PICKGUARD: – Aged White
NECK PICKUP: – VA1
MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1R
BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA2
SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull
PICKUP COVERS: – Dark Coffee
PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Artist