Life in New Mexico is richly steeped in the culture and traditions of the Native American peoples that have inhabited the area for perhaps thousands of years. It seems as if they know something about the oneness of all of nature that their non-native brothers and sisters are now just beginning to embrace. Being very in tune with mother earth, sage is the plant known to them as possessing mystical purifying powers. Even today, it is used in many Native American and modern rituals for just such purposes.
Richard makes his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for it is there that he feels grounded. He attests that the predominant fragrance of New Mexico is the soothing scent of sage as it wafts on desert breezes.
One faithful day, as Richard was contemplating the Santa Fe sunset, he was struck with the awesome realization that if he were ever to join completely into sonic oneness with his beloved environment, an Anderson Classic was certainly needed. (Haven’t we all had a similar sunset experience?) But for Richard, it had to be something that would meld into his world with complete symmetry. It became obvious that a brand new Classic must be created specifically to embody his world—in electric guitar form—one attuned to the unseen positive forces that surround his life.
After smudging with a bit of sage to purify his thinking space, he began to envision his new guitar. “What should it be? Pink…pink with yellow flowers! Yea! No, the guys will laugh at me!” Just as he felt he had reached a creative impasse, he looked out the window at the wild sage growing in his yard and was struck with inspiration. “Blue! What about Ice Blue Metallic? No, not blue but a green version of blue! No, wait! A green version of Ice Blue Metallic. Sage green maybe? I know, Sage Green Metallic!” Quickly, he dashed off an email to Tom who, being a green guy himself, responded affirmatively and enthusiastically.
Richard sought the sonic counsel of both Bruce and Roy in order to enable his visionary Classic to engender tones that would symbiotically coincide with his personal approach to guitar playing (make sounds he would like to hear). After exploring his love of giant single coil tone and the relationship his fingers have with vintage output pickups—even boosted-output vintage singles—it was determined that more was needed. Humbuckers were not the answer in this situation however because Richard was interested in the wider bandwidth and more abundant overtone structure that single coil-style pickups have to offer. With parameters now clearly defined, this introductory Sage Green Metallic concept instrument was also destine to become the first Anderson Classic to step up and out with a matched set of M-Series pickups onboard—M1, M1 and M2 from neck to bridge.
With his new direction now clearly defined, whom could he entrust with a guitar order of such distinction? Sadly, there is not an Anderson dealer in New Mexico. Certainly, it would make this experience an even more enjoyable Anderson adventure if he could find someone of great depth and Anderson-understanding who has the soul of a real guitar player and can genuinely share in the joy of what is about to happen. Thankfully, Richard is an experienced Anderson Guitar Player and buyer and throughout all his musical acquisitions one man has clearly stood above all others in Richard’s mind as possessing a true caring and passion for his fellow Anderson Players. That person is the inimitable Brian Harris of Dallas, Texas—a real guitar player. (Some say the sound of trumpets follows the utterance of his name but we think that is probably taking it a bit too far.)
But where can Brian Harris be found? Why he is at the world-famous Charley’s Guitar Shop in Dallas, Texas, working side by side with Clay and Sheila. They understand the guitar player that lies within you. Brian is also the purveyor of the renowned Anderson Alley website, which is scheduled to re-launch this week with new and fun stuff. It will once again feature the always-popular Gallery section where pictures of you and your Anderson guitar are featured. Check it out! With one quick call, Brian set things into motion for Richard’s sage vision to be made manifest.
Jesse and Bob began the process by performing their woodshop wizardry on a select piece of the finest Alder body wood and melding Maple and Madagascar rosewood into a lusciously graceful neck, both components precision crafted with the utmost comfort and tonal resonance in mind.
Next it was on to the Dreaded Keeper and Tom who mixed and applied the sanctified silvery-green finish—rumored to have actually been derived from the essence of the sage plant itself.
Handed off to Tino, he brought his unparalleled skills to bear on the buffing wheels until Sage Green Metallic burst forth as a dazzling thing of beauty to behold. Exclamations of astonishment could be heard throughout the shop as Tino delivered it to the Final Assembly department.
Bruce bid for building rites as Eric hand-delivered a balanced set of M-Series pickups to his bench. Watching him work is art within itself—from the flawlessly shimmering fret job applied to the exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel frets, through a vast array of meticulous steps all aimed at a heighten playing experience, to intonation precisely set for the customer’s chosen sting gauge.
What followed changed all our lives forever…as Bruce plugged-in and hit its first chord! Normally this process lasts a few minutes as an Assembler runs the guitar through its paces to check all functions of the instrument. But this time was different as the test-playing session continued to grow in duration and intensity. Bruce quickly moved from the small amp at his bench to a larger amp and turned it up. The room exploded with single coil sounds rebounding from every reflective surface. Giant Stevie Ray-tones were issuing forth with wild abandon—and without the need of larger strings or lowered pitch—and no 60-cycle hum.
Strumming softly procured a sweet warmth that bloomed with a pleasingly percussive attack while gushing across a wide tonal spectrum. But we didn’t get to hear too much of that as Bruce launched into yet another round of furious single coil sounds in the key of A major…E minor…G major and D…oh you name it, he played it.
Finally prying the Sage Green Metallic, Classic from his grasp so the rest of us could play it was no easy task and after two hours we had to make a choice: darting him with an animal tranquilizer or telling him Keith Richards was on the phone. We opted for the latter.
Thanks to Richard, New Mexico now has another species of sage with extreme mystical power.
• MODEL: – The Classic
• FINISH: – Sage Green Metallic
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Gloss with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback—Pete Anderson Shape
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M2
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & Bridge Split Toggle—for 11 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.046 Elixir Nanoweb
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Charley’s Guitar Shop/Dallas, Texas