Inspiration can come from many places. It was my 7-year-old son who suggested that a leprechaun might be involved with the creation of that magnificent Translucent Forest Green, Cobra with the all green neck that was Guitar of the Week for March 25, 2001. For a look back click here. Just in passing I asked him what he thought I should write about this week. He asked if anyone at Tom Anderson was into Digimon. I said, no I don’t think so. He replied, “I know,” and dictated an entire Guitar of the Week to me right off the top of his head. I loved it. I think you will too and I’m pretty sure that it is a true story.
It was the middle of the night. I was up getting a drink of water. I saw the Easter Bunny. We went outside together. We went into a cave for an Easter egg hunt. Rocks fell down and closed the opening. We were trapped! It was good that we had pies with us. We threw them at the rocks but it only made us more stuck. A giant shark that walks was putting more rocks at the opening. He also painted a bomb that looked like a rock. The bomb’s timer gave us only one minute to get out. I thought we were trapped here forever. Now there were only 10 seconds left—9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3. But who should break right through the rocks but Superman, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. We were free at last. He gave us a blue guitar, not just any guitar but a super guitar—a Tom Anderson Classic. It might have come from Krypton too since it has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal guitars. The guitar plays awesome.
He is right you know. Stupendous is the word that came to mind as I played this awesome Lake Placid Blue Classic, that Superman delivered, for the first time. It was ordered by a great player named Joe through the wonderful people of Wildwood Music. Joe chose to have it strung and intonated at the factory with .011 gauge strings. The larger string girth in combination with its lightweight solid alder body and Anderson “Extended Bandwidth” delivers an absolutely giant unplugged tone. What a wonderful experience to listen to the lush tones flow from this magnificent instrument—nothing compares. Connecting its VA1, VA1R and dual-output VA12 Anderson-built vintage pickups into a favorite amp yields a totally huge vintage single coil tone that sounds like a musical freight train. It left me wanting for nothing and amazed that I could get so much.
This beautiful Lake Placid Blue finish first appeared on guitars beginning in 1960. It was originally created by the DuPont Corporation and found on General Motors cars in 1955. They called it San Marino Blue Metallic. Many permutations of this color have appeared on guitars over the years. We are particularly fond of this version because of its opulent depth of shade.
The traditional theme of Joe’s dream guitar is furthered by his choice of our ’62 Roundback neck backshape. It provides him a smallish, medium-depth neck to hold onto at the first fret, where the string tension is greatest, and sleekly tapers to become a deep neck by the time his hand reaches the 12th fret—perhaps the best of both worlds for many players. This effortlessly playing 1 5/8th-inch neck has been given a vintage tint to replicate the look of aging lacquer. This warm antiqued concept is furthered with the inclusion of a mint colored pickguard and coffeed pickup covers. The final result is a tonal and visual masterpiece that is crowned with all inclusive switching that grants full control to all single coil pickup possibilities.
When Joe removes his new Lake Placid Blue Classic from its case, feels the comfort of its perfectly sculpted body contours and listens to the sound as he strums its strings for the very first time, he will never be the same again. Happy Easter Joe!
MODEL: – The Classic
FINISH: – Lake Placid Blue
BODY WOOD: – Alder
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Tinted Satin
NECK BACK FINISH: – Tinted Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – ’62 Roundback
NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch
SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – Mint
NECK PICKUP: – VA1
MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1R
BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA12
SWITCHING: – 5-Way w Push/Pull Switch for 7 sounds
PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee
PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .011-.049
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Wildwood Music/Louisville, Colorado