Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of April, 30 2001 through May, 7 2001


Hollow Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Bora Bora Blue with Binding





Hollow Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Bora Bora Blue with Binding





Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Bora Bora Blue Burst with Binding

The vernal equinox has come and past. The sun has moved north of the equator and the rainy season has finally come to an end on the enchanting French Polynesian Island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific. The word Bora Bora (the Tahitian spelling is Pora Pora) means, “First Born.” That is quite a coincident because Bora Bora Blue was the first of our exotic, mind-blowing maple colors that we introduced years ago—it was the “first born” if you will. We chose the name Bora Bora Blue because it reminded us of the beautiful multi-colored lagoon that surrounds this tropical paradise. The traditional Polynesian festival denoting the arrival of the dry season is known as the Nosredna (pronounced no-sred-na) celebration. Interestingly enough, since the introduction of Bora Bora Blue as a primary Anderson color, the Nosredna celebration always includes a Bora Bora Blue Anderson guitar.

This year’s celebration was no exception. The place of honor went to not one but two stunning instruments. These two are deceiving indeed because they look like Cobras but they are not! They both sport the longer 25 ½-inch scale length.

The first esteemed guest attending this traditional torch-lit celebration was this three-pickup-equipped enchantress. It is a Hollow T that was envisioned and ordered by Eliot at Guitar Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Eliot runs one of only two Guitar Centers in the country that are dealers of Anderson Guitars and when you speak with him or enter his store it is very clear why he has earned this top honor. He lives and breathes great guitars and cares very much that every one of his customers attains tonal nirvana. How could a man and his store that specializes in delivering the world’s best tone be without Tom Anderson guitars? He could not!

The ceremonial night’s festivities culminated with an offering to the island god Mot. That offering came in the form of a “Drop Top T” finished in a brand new color—Bora Bora Blue Burst. We have Tim at Atlanta Music Brokers to thank for divining and ordering this festival-stopping guitar for his store.

Although this type of pickup is usually found singing the praises of a 24 ¾-inch mahogany instrument, the sonic magic that our Soapbar-style P1 and P3 single coil pickups impart to these 25 ½-inch, basswood backed, maple topped divas is truly unique and amazing to witness. One listen makes you think that the music world should have been mating these two together years ago. Absolute magic! The longer string length allows these hearty singles to open up and spread out by contributing wonderful amounts of lush, musical overtones not found elsewhere.

After the tropical celebration was over and the guitars were sent to their new homes, we got phone calls. First it was Eliot, on his speakerphone, in his office, with several other voices in the background. They were all screaming the praises of this guitar, exclaiming that they could not live without it and announcing that we were totally unfair to have sent something that looks, plays and sounds this unbelievable to their store. They all wanted to take it home. It sounded like another wild Bora-fest!

Next was me returning Mark and Tim’s call from Atlanta Music Brokers. I did not know if I would get them because it was 10 minutes after closing. Mark answered the phone. It sounded like a party was going on in Atlanta. I asked what was up and he replied, “We just got that Bora Bora Blue Burst, Drop Top T. It is just stupid-great! We are all here freaking out. It is not going to make it through the day. It looks like Brian is going to buy it right now. Here, let me put Brian on the phone.” Brian proceeded to tell me how he had never heard anything like this effortlessly playing, long-scale instrument loaded with P1 and P3 pickups. He was happy! They all were happy! We were happy and we can hardly wait until next year’s Nosredna ceremony.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Hollow T

 FINISH: – Bora Bora Blue with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Basswood Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matched

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.050 T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – n/a

 NECK PICKUP: – P1

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – P1

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – P3

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Switch for 7 sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – Cream

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Center/Cherry Hill, New Jersey

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Drop Top T

 FINISH: – Bora Bora Blue Burst with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Basswood Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-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: – Atlanta Music Brokers/Roswell, Georgia




Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Bora Bora Blue Burst with Binding






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