Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of May, 14 2001 through May, 21 2001

Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Swamp Ash
Tiger's Eye Burst with Binding

There is no need to be concerned. You have not accidentally entered an alternate universe. You have not lost control of your computer. You are not seeing yourself in the mirror with your new Anderson guitar…yet! You are not standing on your head. You are simply looking at a left-handed Hollow Drop Top.

Traditionally, Tom Anderson Guitarworks has never charged left-handed players more for the instruments that can bring their music to life. But the creation process that surrounds these flawless left-handed instruments has always been shrouded in great mystery. How do they make them so perfectly is the continual question.

Tom has always felt that lefties should have the same “Anderson opportunities” as their ubiquitous right-handed friends. Unknown to even the innermost circle of the music world, high in the southeastern Andes Mountains there is another Anderson Factory—a factory dedicated to creating only superlative left-handed instruments. This facility is so secret that its location is known only to Tom and 15 of his most trusted Anderson associates. They are the ones who perform all the operations at the complex. Years ago Anderson realized the amazing benefits of building these specialized instruments in a location where the earth’s magnetic field is opposite to that of their Newbury Park facility and where the Coriolis force causes the winds to circulate in a retrograde cyclonic pattern. It is here, in a world of left-handed musical perfection, secluded and undisturbed, that these magnificent instruments come together with ease and grace.

Look upon the Tiger Eye Burst, Hollow Drop Top. This particular instrument is very special in many ways and it was created for a very special and gifted musician named Jim. He is “the guy” at Senseney Music in Wichita, Kansas. He is a consistently working musician whose main guitars have been an all swamp ash Classic and Hollow T Classic. Because of his love affair with the sonic signature of these two, it was no surprise that he chose the more esoteric backing wood of swamp ash for the body of his new Hollow Drop Top. This rare combination speaks with a voice unlike any other. The nature of swamp ash is to communicate with open, soft, rather breathy middle frequencies, lush, sparkling highs and a robust low-end all encompassed by a naturally complex overtone structure that presents a very musical character. It is a favorite of many players. The melding of this traditionally ethereal wood to a show-stopping maple top encourages the normally softer-spoken ash to express its delightful personality with a refined conviction, asking it to step forward and be heard among the other instruments in the band.

The hollow body chambers serve to enhance the harmonious relationship between the ash back and its maple top. A maple neck with a Madagascar rosewood fingerboard was chosen to further fill every remaining nook and cranny with gushing, lush resonance.

If you take an even closer look at this enchantress you will notice that it is a lefty-strung-righty. This unique set-up gives Jim the ability to play any right-handed guitar if the need arises. See, I told you he was talented.

Jim will come home from his gig this Saturday night at about 2:00am—just as he does every Saturday night. The show will probably have gone well. He will walk into his music room, set down his guitar cases and turn on his computer. He says he likes to log on to the Tom Anderson web site and read Guitar of the Week to unwind after a night of work.

Hi Jim! Guess whose magnificent guitar is Guitar of the Week this week this week? Thanks for being an Anderson Player!

P.S. Paul McCartney, you need one of these! Why don’t you give us a call?


 MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top—Left Handed

 FINISH: – Tiger Eye Burst with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Swamp Ash Back


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo—Left Handed


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – Switcheroo (for almost unlimited combinations)




 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Senseney Music/Wichita, Kansas

Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Swamp Ash
Tiger's Eye Burst with Binding

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