Silence was broken by the distinctive ring of the Anderson hotline. As I awoke I knew this night would not be routine. Lifting the exclusive red phone to my ear, the utterance on the other end was encoded, requiring a DT-7 decipher. The voice came in clear now. It was Tom, something must be up. “The Anderson chopper is fueled and ready to fly,” was all I needed to hear. Another music mission! Dressed in a black Anderson-issue T-shirt to match the night, I headed out the door.
At the heliport we rendezvoused with the rest of the Anderson crew—amazing guitar builders who also happen to be part of an elite strike force—a very multitalented group. Flying into the unknown for almost 9 hours, we passed the time—of course—by jamming our favorite songs, as we never go anywhere without our guitars. After crossing over into the Eastern Time Zone, instruments were stowed in their protective cases, lights were doused and silent running engaged. We still did not know where we were headed but the time was at hand. An envelope labeled Top Secret and containing our special instructions was brought forth.
With flashlight in hand, the seal was broken and the purpose of the mission revealed. It read:
Hi Anderson Elite Strike Force,
Hope you are having a nice evening.
As the sun rises in the east your destination is the Carr Amplification Complex in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Repelling from the hovering helicopter, you will make your way through the forest, to the outer perimeter of the facility. There you will employ the specialized techniques we have been training for—peeking over their wall.
By now everyone knows of the legendary and magnificent tones that emanate from the Carr Factory on a daily basis. Of course this is attributed to their marvelous amplifiers but something has to be plugged into them in order to attain such tones. What is it?
As usual, if any of you are caught during this operation the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions, but we’ll be by after lunch to pick you up. Say, “Hi,” to Steve Carr and all the guys at Carr Amplification.
Now that was a Top Secret mission assignment if I have ever heard one—which I haven’t.
From the moment of first peeking, the source of superlative tone was immediately obvious. There in the courtyard stood Steve Carr and Mike Webb—jamming on their Andersons. Steve had The Classic in Ice Blue strapped on while Mike was making the final adjustments to his TV Yellow, Cobra Special—loaded with a trio of M-Series pickups.
It is no wonder their amps are so fine!
Using a bird call to signal the others in our group as to what was going on, Mike and Steve’s keen ears heard us as well and called out, “Tom, is that you and the rest of Anderson Strike Force peeking over our wall again? Come on in. I told you before you can use the front door.” Oh yea, that’s right.
As we walked in, we were greeted warmly—like old friends—since that is what we are. Steve grabbed his Anderson, T-Classic, finished in Butterscotch, and explained that this wonderful guitar, along with his Ice Blue baby—now with an Anderson single coil in the bridge, was used almost exclusive to create their new Vincent amplifier—which they are all very excited about.
Now, how cool is that?!
Mike reminded us that he also owns, plays and dearly loves his Fiesta Red, Classic as well.
Good friends and good tone—life is supposed to be an experience of ever-expanding good. And it is.
Right on schedule the Anderson helicopter touched down in front of their shop. Bidding them good-bye and good wishes we lifted off, turned toward the west and headed for home—mission accomplished.
• MODEL: – Cobra Special
• FINISH: – TV Yellow
• BODY WOOD: – Mahogany
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Matching Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 60’s Vibe +.020 (62 Roundback)
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & Bridge Splitter
• PICKUP COVERS: – Black
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Carr Amplifiers/Pittsboro, North Carolina