Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 27 2006 through April, 3 2006

Maple Top on Mahogany
Tobacco Fade with Binding

Maple Top on Mahogany
Tobacco Fade with Binding

I think the real question has to be, have you experienced an Atom yet? Firsthand I mean, actually been able to strap it over your shoulder and have a go? If not, you are inadvertently neglecting your next favorite guitar. For playing one really is a joy-filled and inspiring musical and creative experience. It definitely changed our playing for the better.

In the world of electric guitars there are basically two different guitar layouts: a flat string plane from neck to body and tilt-back neck to body geometry. All Andersons have traditionally been a flat string plane—until Atom that is.

Atom comfortably takes you to the other realm where further musical inspiration awaits. The inclusion of a top-mounted, wraparound-style bridge, made exclusive for Atom, asks for tilt-back neck geometry—with Anderson playing perfection. And it more than delivers!

Metaphorically speaking, it is like taking an F1 for a lap after being used to a ’57 Corvette. Nothing at all wrong with the ’57, but one touch of the F1’s throttle you know you are into something special. Brake and then dive into the first corner, as you accelerate out you are struck with the realization that you have effortlessly reached new heights and an elevated level of performance never really experienced before—but seen clearly in your dreams.

It is as such with Atom. Strap it on, crank it up and run through some of your favorite songs. An equally exhilarating experience is in store. Atom will reveal its secrets to you. All will become clear, fluid and totally fun—as playing should always be.

Both Guitar One and Guitarist magazines have reviewed the Atom with unbelievably rave reviews—they both loved it! Check it out. We will try to get copies of the reviews up on the Anderson site soon.

One outstanding attribute of Atom is its unique and yet familiar look while still deeply entrenched in electric guitar tradition. It allows you to standout from the crowd and be grounded with a solid musical foundation at the same time.

A myriad of color choices abound for Atom to display itself visually. Contemporary high-contrast finishes emphasize the drama of every last nuance of the wood’s natural grain while a tremendous amount of variety also abounds in customary looking finishes as well. The choice is yours.

This one is arrayed as Tobacco Fade—an Anderson-created color that demonstrates itself with a look of convention. Most often—but not always—chosen to pair with a Flame Maple top, it offers an enhanced look of traditional beauty.

It took the NAMM Show by storm as artist—known and not—clamored to jam with it.

First up was Mark Goldenberg from Jackson Browne’s band. He has a long list of accreditations and you can learn it all by checking out his website.

I think, “Wow!” was the first word out of his mouth.

Listening intently to all the subtle nuances of tone.

And pleased with the ease and accurate intonation of complex chording.

Finally, to top off his almost otherworldly experience, Mark believed he heard approval of Atom from on high. Who are we to argue with that?

Many ask us of Keith Howland. Well now here he is in person—almost. He is still with Chicago, as the band’s number one guitar slinger. They will play at least 120 dates this year. On the bill with them have been the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire and Huey Louis and the News. About Anderson Guitars Keith always says, “All your guitars just play like butter.” Perhaps that is why he has been an Anderson Guitar player for the last 15 years.

Frankie Sullivan, from Survivor, stopped by the shop right after NAMM. He took one look at this Tobacco Fade, Atom and went crazy—in a good way—jamming and announcing that Atom will be his next guitar!

He immediately launched into an inspired solo, all the while expounding on the merits of the Atom.

It was great to watch an Atom put through its paces.

And see the dedication that makes Frankie a great player!

But even the most seasoned pro likes to get another glimpse of the beauty of the guitar that is inspiring them.


• MODEL: – Atom

• FINISH: – Tobacco Fade with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Mahogany Back


• NECK WOOD: –Mahogany Back with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Matching Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Atom Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail


• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft






• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 6 Sounds



• SWITCH TIP: – Cream

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating


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