Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of May, 8 2000 through May, 15 2000

Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Translucent Purple with Binding

What is up with the color purple lately? As I look out upon Tom Anderson Guitarworks it has become a veritable sea of purple. Okay, well not a sea but we are seeing purple guitars becoming quite popular once again—and why not? They are beautiful!

There is no record of purple actually even being a color until about the 29th century BC when then Egyptian King, Trynotobelieveverythingisay, was enjoying his afternoon serving of kingly cranberries when, due to his intense fear of heights, fell from his reclining position, crashing into a massive bowl of blueberries. The red dye of the cranberry and the bluish pigment of the blueberry mixed together staining his kingly white robe a deep shade of purple. To avoid embarrassment he immediately declared the color purple, the color of royalty. From that faithful day forward it has remained a regal color. It may have been a favorite color of George Washington, as well, who created the first decoration for military merit in 1782 known as the Purple Heart.

In some cultures purple is thought to represent healing. This quality may have a strong scientific connection. Recent studies have shown that drinking grape juice is good for you. Regular consumption significantly increases vascular elasticity and reduces blood LDL levels. This is because it is a rich source of flavonoids. Wow! Excuse me while I sip my grape juice and strap on this very beautiful grape guitar.

It is a Hollow Drop Top. As you may have guessed its finish is Translucent Purple. Tom and Chuck begin the purple painting process by stomping grapes with their bare feet in a giant winemaking barrel—okay, maybe I’ve gone too far. Trans Purple is a color that shows natural wood grain well. It looks good over all types of maple figuring. A hollow chambered basswood body backs this striking maple top. Basswood and maple go well together as evidenced by the first strum of this guitar. You can hear the full, soft middle of the basswood blend with the stronger fundamental and clarity of the maple, while the hollow chambers increase harmonic content. The unplugged sound is outstandingly rich, full and balanced in its frequency response. Because of this evenness of response, this body wood choice does well with all styles of music.

The neck is maple with a Madagascar rosewood fingerboard. Its headstock and body back are color matched a slightly different shade of purple to further enhance and compliment the magnificent top. Madagascar rosewood’s natural dark reddish/purple hue is a perfect compliment to the visuals of the body. Its tonal additions of boosted bass, breathy mids and gentle highs are a sonic bonus.

Plugging in just furthers the bond with this purple marvel. The switcheroo allows all combinations of SA1R, SA1 and H2+ pickups in series, split or parallel connection. The sound of the SAs is a big, booming single coil tone enhanced with natural compression and a harmonically rich, sparkling articulation. You can get very beautiful tones for playing very beautiful songs with these pickups. With one click of the “Blower Switch,” the H2+ bridge pickup roars to life as a full power humbucker. The H2+’s power level is such that it is a dramatic and effective jump from up the single coil’s output—very nice for a boosted, thicker clean tone or a dramatic solo sound.

The story is the same with its playability. The sleek and slim T/A Standard neck back shape and perfectly finished heavy frets, allow unencumbered music to come forth the with effortless ease. If any guitar could ever improve your playing, this is it.

And now for the best news of all—this noble Anderson guitar is going to Buddy Rogers Music in Cincinnati, OH. If you get a chance, stop by and see Dave Miller, Tony and everyone there. Play this Anderson Hollow Drop Top and see if you don’t agree with us that this guitar was truly “Born To The Purple.”

 MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top

 FINISH: – Translucent Purple with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top on Hollow Basswood Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Translucent Purple

 NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Madagascar Rosewood



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – Switcheroo




Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Translucent Purple with Binding

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