Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 26 2000 through March, 31 2000


Cobra S
Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Forest Green with Binding





Cobra S
Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Forest Green with Binding





Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Hollow Basswood
Deep Ocean Burst with Binding





Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Deep Ocean Blue with Binding

Observation and science have proven that no two people are exactly alike. And so it stands to reason that no two players play or sound exactly alike. Well, that is a major part of the magic about this whole thing called life. We are all as irreplaceable puzzle pieces in the giant cosmic picture in which we all play an invaluable role. When we are still and listen to our own silence we can hear music—our own music. Music that speaks to us. It may be already familiar and we re-express it or it maybe totally unique to us. Either is equally valid. As long as it contributes quality in someway it is what we are meant to give. This is a facet of getting in touch with our inner nature. When I stand upon the mountaintops and look over the world, it speaks of a deeper meaning—of the deepest meaning. It is the answer to the question always asked, with or without words. And the answer seems clear. The answer is…

Oh wait, sorry. I don’t know what happened. Right after, “…it is what we are meant to give.,” I was supposed to segue into guitars. Two guitars to be exact. Two guitars that are very similar and yet very different. Two ways to approach the same thing and come out with very different sonic results. It is interesting how something can, at first, appear to be so similar but can be just different enough to take the individual player to very different musical destination.

One guitar is Deep Ocean Blue and the other Forest Green. Both have twin humbuckers and identical switching and both are so beautiful that even the pictures don’t do them justice. But as you look closer you can see that this is where the similarity ends. The most obvious difference is that the Deep Ocean Blue is equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo while the Forest Green sports a vintage tremolo. Contrary to popular belief the Floyd bridge allows the guitar to express all of its richness and full sustain. It also adds a “new string clarity” to the sound. It is very musically and acoustically complex.

Now if you look even closer you may notice that the Deep Ocean is a Drop Top and has a 25 ½-inch scale length while the Forest is a Cobra S with a shorter 24 ¾-inch scale. Coincidentally, the longer scale length produces a longer bandwidth with more lows and highs while the shorter scale length shortens the bandwidth creating a more concentrated middle tone. To further enhance these natural characteristics, the woods were carefully chosen. Our Forest beauty has a figured maple topped body with a mahogany back and a mahogany neck with an African rosewood fingerboard. Even with its mid-power H1- neck and H2+ bridge pickups, this Cobra S delivers its tone with a powerful, thick thud. Because of its Anderson “Extended Band Width” it is still clear and harmonically rich. This along with Cobra switching delivers very musical single coil tones as well.

Now to look even more closely at the Deep Ocean Drop Top we will need our special x-ray glasses to see that it does in fact have hollow body chambers, making this a Hollow Drop Top. This Hollow Drop Top’s sonic character is further enhanced with a maple topped/basswood body and maple/Madagascar rosewood neck. It is loaded with the super hot H1+ and H3+ neck and bridge humbuckers. Matt, who custom ordered this one to suit his playing style, selected .009 gauge strings and a T/A Standard neck shape for a liquid attack and a lighting fast feel. The longer bandwidth allows worry-free use of these hotter pickups without mudding up the tone. Matt chose Cobra wiring as well for accessing very musical single coil tones along with scorching humbucker sounds.

So what is the answer? Which Anderson is best for you? That answer is easy. If you don’t yet know, keep reading “Guitar of the Week.” The mountaintop answer is easy too--unconditional forgiveness in which kindness is the result. Try it and see what it does to your problems.




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