Did you really know how much was going to be new in this week’s Guitar of the Week—even before you knew there would also be a new and hidden picture of a gnu, for those in the know, along with the first shots of the all-new Walnut Atom too?
Let’s get to it, shall we?
No, the Walnut Atom is not a new element discovered by particle physicists—although it could be classified as such. It is literally stunning to behold, hold and experience in every way—a guitar that will take you to new musical dimensions. This is a discovery (scientifically or artistically speaking) capable of such sweet sounds that it can even sooth the savage beasts—gnus for instance.
All right, enough with the gnus! This guitar’s total newness is new enough to handle all the new we need to know. You know what I mean?
Gelb Music did what nobody can now deny.
Gelb has always been a first-rate Anderson Guitar store and now they have not only introduced this first-ever, totally gorgeous and unique, Walnut-topped, Hollow Atom to the world but they have also debuted their all-new Gelb Music website. This move will allow not just San Francisco Bay Area guitar players a view of Gelb’s extensive and impressive inventory, but the rest of the world as well. And it is impressive, as they are one of the best stocked Anderson dealers in the country. Cool store for sure!
Come with me. To the guitar!
This is Atom—a Hollow one to be exact—with visually undetectable chambering so both solid and hollow models look the same. The tone of Atom—all versions—is more stout and round than any other Anderson. The reason for this can be found in the very matrix of the Atom itself.
It begins with a different yet familiar body shape (kind of a baby Crowdster with a tighter waist-cut) that allows for more sonically-pleasing tone-wood behind the bridge. The selection of a top-mount, wraparound-style bridge further defines Atom’s impressively musical, full-bodied tonality. And speaking of the bridge itself, it is an engineering marvel built to Anderson specifications by the expertise of Steve Rowan at Pigtail.
This is not all either.
Only detectable when inspecting the instrument from behind, the introduction of the A-Wedgie neck joint grants a touch more low-mid girth in every note, increases fluidity of upper fret access playability, while offering the most structurally-sound bolt-on neck design to ever exist in recorded history.
It is a bolt-on that cannot move.
If you are at one with your instrument as you play, a feeling of increased solidity and resonation also comes to your awareness.
This new neck joint alone is a serious advancement that is so pleasingly sweet to experience it could change your love of upper-fret playing forever.
Selecting to unite this Hollow Atom with the MMH pickup configuration of an M1, M1 and H2+, from neck to bridge positions respectively, launches this instrument into a world of versatility rarely seen by 24 ¾-inch scale-length, mahogany-based guitars—or by any guitar of any material or scale length for that matter. Atom configured this way is flat out one of the most versatile guitars around and easily able to grab handfuls of many guitar styles and bring it to the listener with substantial authority. You will be very pleasantly surprised.
A Walnut top! The first Atom to ever be graced in such a way.
Up to this point Atoms have all proclaimed their visual virtues with the assistance of a Maple top. Sonically speaking, it is amazing how comparably Atom responds to Walnut—so very similar to Maple that the sonic change is discreet. Perhaps Walnut contributes just a shade more prominent fundamental with just a pinch less overtone. Most could not detect this subtle change in any real-world live-playing situation.
But the look of walnut is an encounter all its own—gorgeous, deep, dark brown hues define its unique illustrious character.
It is time to take the stage and watch the jaws drop!
• MODEL: – Hollow Atom
• FINISH: – Shaded Edge with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Walnut Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Brown
• 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 ¾-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail
• TAILPIECE: – N/A
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 8 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Gelb Music/Redwood City, California