Aerosmith has been called “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” It should be easy to understand why they have been given that title. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has had an illustrious career that has spanned three decades with no sign of stopping. Their hard-edged brand of Rock is remarkably melodic and appeals to music fans at all levels.
So we were understandably thrilled when Derek called. We are always thrilled when Derek calls since he is a long time close friend of Anderson Guitarworks. But on top of that he is now Brad Whitford’s tech. Derek said that although Brad owns two older Andersons already, he was very interested to learn that we also make shorter 24 ¾-inch scale length guitars—the Cobra guitars. At Brad and Derek’s request, we sent a twin humbucker equipped Cobra and single/single/humbucker Baritom Classic for Brad to try at an Aerosmith rehearsal for the “Just Push Play” tour.
(Editors note: The Baritom Classic is a long scale baritone instrument that delivers a thunderingly huge and clear sound—very impressive. For more info, check out the hyper-link at the bottom of the page.)
Apparently Brad enjoyed playing the Andersons because upon returning the guitars he asked Derek to find him a P-90 loaded Cobra, since he was in the greatest need of that particular sound. As luck would have it (luck?) we had just completed a Translucent Yellow, Cobra with Anderson-built dual P-90-style pickups—a P1 and P3. It was to go to Eddie at The Music Loft in Raleigh North Carolina but he nobly agreed to let Brad give it a try.
We shipped it to him in Boston. He jammed with it and took it home. A few days later he called Derek to say that the guitar was amazing sounding and playing and he had not even plugged it in to an amp yet. A few weeks went by and we did not hear from them. We wondered. Finally Derek called. Aerosmith had been on a two week Press Tour in Japan and Europe where Brad had used the new Cobra live. He loved it! He is definitely keeping it! Brad has a reputation with “Sound Guys” for always effortlessly getting great tone. The soundman on this tour commented to Derek how especially great this Anderson Cobra sounds through Brad’s rig—just plug it in and go.
Brad’s rig consists of two Marshall JTM 45 Limited Edition, Handwired, Offset, Halfstack amplifiers and cabinets loaded with 4 Celestion re-issue G12s. Also in line are Line 6 Distortion, Modulator and Delay Modeler pedals along with a Klon Centaur.
Brad’s new guitar is a totally stock Tom Anderson Guitarworks Cobra, finished in a beautiful Translucent Yellow. Translucent Yellow is a deeply rich, slightly golden/amber yellow that brings the body’s mahogany back to life as well as its quilted maple top. Brad’s mahogany/rosewood neck is a “Cobra Standard.” It is a sleek, fast, medium depth neck with perfectly shaped frets that plays like butter. This entire wood combination brings forth a forceful, concentrated mid-range timbre that is surprisingly articulate, allowing him to pleasingly project the large single coil sound of the P1 and P3 pickups through the mix of the band.
We hope that Brad is as thrilled as we are. Derek says that Brad may have his sights set on Baritom for his next one. We’ll just have to wait and see.
MODEL: – Cobra
FINISH: – Translucent Yellow with Binding
BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matched
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard
NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch
SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Fixed
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – n/a
NECK PICKUP: – P1
MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a
BRIDGE PICKUP: – P3
SWITCHING: – 3-Way
PICKUP COVERS: – Cream
PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Brad Whitford/Aerosmith