As monumental events often do, it all began rather routinely. But who among us, faced with the same temptation, would have acted any differently?
To the best of our knowledge Chris is not a mystic visionary but his interest had, of course, been piqued after glimpsing the very first M-Series, Hollow Cobra debuted in the December 7, 2003, edition of Guitar of the Week. How could he help himself? He had to pick up the phone, dial Anderson and order one for his store—Mass Street Music in Lawrence, Kansas. After all, Mass Street does have an impressive reputation to maintain as one of the most progressively cool guitar shops in the country, staffed with some of the nicest and most helpful people anywhere.
But these new Anderson, M-Series Instruments spoke to Chris on an even deeper, more intrinsic level, for Chris has a real love and understanding of the majesty found in mini-humbuckers properly applied. Perhaps it is this extra ability that enabled him to confidently select a historically based twin-pickup rendition of the M-Series, Hollow Cobra.
But he will be surprised! At first site the Ms appear to be reminiscent of standard mini-humbucks. However, a little more than a fleeting glance will reveal a much different design lurking just below the string plane. And speaking of string plane, for your next Musical Gear Trivia Party you may find it helpful to relate that the M-Series tri-screw mounting system not only facilitates adjustment of pickup height but also alignment to the afore mentioned string plane.
But plugging into you favorite amp is where the real story will be told and true affection for Anderson Ms will arise. The neck pickup is easily capable of gushing with tones reminiscent of the best mini’s have to share. But they go well beyond this plateau as their expansive bandwidth takes you on an unparalleled musical journey into the land of giant single coil sounds you once thought only existed in folklore—now bounding forth freely as if residing at your very fingertips.
Switching to the sonically balanced M2 pickup delightfully reveals a step up to big bridge tones, never before experienced from this type format. They will not back down when asked to perform but rather welcome the task of producing large, broadly musical tonalities with renewed commitment.
But it is Chris’ choice of Burnished Orange Burst that will first turn heads. It is simply the by-chance mating of a naturally darker piece of Quilted Maple astride the Mahogany-backed body that yields the browner hues this particular Burnished Orange Bursted, Hollow Cobra flaunts.
As M-Series Instruments are now beginning to appear at Anderson dealers in a myriad of configurations, they will joyously make their presence known to all who are serious about wonderful tone and effortless playability, and would like a sort of musical secret weapon in their arsenal of expression. But care should be taken for an M-equipped Anderson could easily become your number one axe. Who knows, after wrapping your hands around this baby you may believe Chris to be some kind of visionary after all.
• MODEL: – Hollow Cobra (M-Series)
• FINISH: – Burnished Orange Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard
• 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: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M2
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Mass Street Music/Lawrence, Kansas