What will unlock the real magic of our lives? Where are our gifts to be found? Some of the most profound and significant are hiding in plain site right before us—and we do not see them because they are not what we had planned—how we thought it should be.
It only takes a moment of clear reason to see that, as individuals, we do not have enough information to know from where or how our greatest good will come—how all the intricate interworking of the universe will lay together and intertwine in order to create a complex symphony of peace and abundance for ourselves.
How then? How can we know?
What if the universe was totally benevolent and before us was always what we needed?
And what if it were only our mere acceptance of what appeared before us that would open the door and begin the path that would guide, or redirect, our way around or through an appearance only to find fulfillment waiting right around the corner?
We all have stories that speak to this. Like this one:
I was driving by and saw this music store that I had never noticed before and since I had mysteriously broken four high E strings at the gig last night, and someone walked off with my last two favorite picks, I stopped and went in. I asked for strings and the guy behind the counter inquired if I had ever tried Elixir strings. I said no, I hadn’t. He explained what they were and said, “Here, play this Anderson Guitar and see how you like them.” Well, I had heard of but never actually seen a Tom Anderson Guitars in person before, so I gave it a try. By the first or second strum my life was changed. I knew I had to have this guitar! Never have I played anything like it—ever—fast, smooth and tone for days. Wow, if I hadn’t broken those 4 strings last night…and if I wasn’t out of picks…and if I hadn’t been driving down this street…and… Those random circumstances turned into an amazing opportunity and because of it all, I found the best guitar of my life.
So, when Byron, from Spitzer Sound Stage in Fresno, California, asked us to build the first-ever Ocean Turquoise, Classic, for his store we jumped at the chance. Ocean Turquoise originally made its debut in 1962. My father drove a 1963 Mercury, Colony Park, painted just this way. Its interior was even Ocean Turquoise. Shining in the California sun, it was a beautiful shade that turned heads wherever he went. This color made its way onto electric guitars by 1965.
Once this Classic was completed I had to stop, gaze deeply and silently into its greenish-blue hue, and wonder:
Just, what if?
• MODEL: – The Classic
• FINISH: – Ocean Turquoise
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – VA5
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA5R
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA5+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & VA Booster
• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Spitzer Sound Stage/Fresno, California