Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 12 2001 through March, 19 2001

Hollow T Classic
Alder Top on Hollow Alder Back
Black with Binding

The epitome of cool, what is it really? Throughout history men have searched for it feeling that with its possession it could actually transform them—and for a moment in time it can be granted this power. But, as with all truly cool things, it is what it assists in bringing forth from the innermost being that decides if it is merely fad or something that bestows an uplifting gift to all who experience it. The last half of the last century saw the electric guitar burst onto the scene and permit a musical instrument to project with previously unparalleled power and authority. Because of its presence on the musical scene, musical performances of much greater intensity to larger groups of people became common place and the players of these new-style instruments were granted power and idle-like status by those in witness. The natural evolution of all things is that they either fade away or grow in usefulness. The electric guitar followed the latter course and became a tool that, in its highest sense, allows an artist to express what we all experience—the longing of the human soul and sometimes answers. It can be healing when we exhibit and share these universal emotions with each other in this way. The electric guitar has become truly cool!

But back to the original question, “What is the epitome of cool?” This has to be it! Feast your eyes upon a solid black with binding, Hollow T Classic whose primary mission is to deliver absolutely effortless playability and perfection of tone—and it does it in a big way! This perfect tone begins its journey from within the non-contoured, hollow alder body. Alder generates a warm, rich tone that is boosted in the lower-mid frequency range for fullness and strength while its inherent nature is made clear with its characteristic upper-midrange projection. The solid maple neck contributes by tightening and controlling the extreme high and low frequencies, wrapping it all into a sonically focused package that will not be overshadowed by the other instruments with which it will graciously share the stage.

And this is just where it begins. The traditional body shape, pickguard-styling and our VA and TV pickups emancipate an absolutely vast vintage tone beyond your wildest dream of any vintage tone that you ever dared to dream actually existed. There is even more. My good friend J.D. ordered this guitar. Together we decided that it would be extra impressive if, instead of the usual spectacular vintage-sounding VA1, VA1 and TV3 pickup configuration seen on the Pete Anderson Hollow T Classic, we load with VA12, VA12 and TV3. What the VA12s contribute is extended sonic options. VA1s are our version of the ultimate lush, rich, warm and articulate vintage tone and output pickups. They are complete with 3/16th” staggered magnet pole pieces. A TV3 is a beautiful vintage-flavored fat, powerful single coil bridge pickup specifically designed for this style of guitar. They are astounding sounding! When this pickup combination and a vintage tremolo bridge are applied to the Hollow T Classic or (solid) T Classic we affectionately refer to it as the “Pete Anderson Model.” There is a bit of a volume jump when switching from any VA1 combination to the more powerful TV3 in the bridge position. So, J.D. chose VA12s to replace the VA1s. Actuated from a mini-toggle located between the volume and tone controls, the VA12s are switchable from true VA1 sound to the boosted tone of a VA2 at the flick of the switch. In the VA2 mode they are in perfect balance with the TV3 and when in VA1 mode deliver the best of the more traditional tones—extremely cool!

There is even more coolness. It comes in the form of the most effortless and comfortable playing neck and the Anderson “Extended Bandwidth” which entitles this instrument to ring out with a full, rich, booming voice that acts as though it wants to sustain forever. It is a pickup’s dream come true to send this tone to an amplifier.

I think it is now clear how the epitome of cool has chosen to manifest itself into our world at this time. And if they are the epitome of cool what does that say for those who play them?


 MODEL: – Hollow T Classic

 FINISH: – Black with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Alder


 NECK WOOD: – Maple



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – White Pearl




 SWITCHING: – 5-Way w Add-Bridge Switch & VA booster




Hollow T Classic
Alder Top on Hollow Alder Back
Black with Binding

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