Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of May, 15 2000 through May, 21 2000

Baritom Pro Am
Translucent Forest Green

Baritom Pro Am
Translucent Forest Green

A live performance can be a life-changing event. I don’t think that is too dramatic of a statement to make when you consider what a wise philosopher once said, “Everything is a life-changing event and should be enjoyable—choose mindfully.”

With that perspicacious thought in mind, have you ever attended a concert and experienced a great band that was even more impressive live than they were on record? It can change your personal musical direction. When this happens you know it is an important moment. You are in the presence of musical greatness. This experience has happened to me several times. One of the most memorable was at a Fleetwood Mac concert. I was invited to go see them at the Hollywood Bowl. I thought, “Why not.” I enjoyed their melodic style of music. It could be fun. Well, when I heard them live they were extremely powerful and impressive. Wow, they really knocked me over and Lindsey Buckingham can play! Now to have this happen twice at the same concert is very rare but it happened that night.

Christopher Cross was the opening act. He is the very talented artist who has given us many beautiful, top-of-the-chart songs such as “Sailing,” “Ride Like The Wind,” “Never Be The Same” and “Arthur’s Theme,” just to name a few. Although I had heard these songs on the radio, it did not properly prepare me for the energy and focus with which Chris preformed his songs. Not only was he an accomplished acoustic guitarist but he ripped-it-up on an electric guitar as well. I was very impressed. Well, he is even more impressive now and seems to be working constantly. His latest albums are “Greatest Hits Live,” which will allow you to catch up with him if you missed it the first time, and “Red Room”--a new one with which he is quite pleased. He is now hard at work on a Christmas album and tours quite a bit. His latest tour was a set of concerts done overseas with Doobie Brother legend Mike McDonald. If you would like to know more, check out his web site at

Okay, so imagine our delight when, several years ago, he walked through the door of Tom Anderson Guitarworks to get his first Anderson guitar. In fact I think Anderson is now the only electric guitar he plays. Did I mention that he is highly intelligent as well? His latest acquisition is a Translucent Forest Green, Baritom Pro Am. The Forest Green color was actually inspired by George Harrison, who was playing a very cool looking green “Tele-type” guitar in the Beatle Anthology.

Chris has the first Baritom Pro Am ever made. He had seen and played our Baritom Classic but wanted it without the pickguard, consequently the Baritom Pro Am was born. He chose alder for the body wood because he loves the way it produces a full, rich, yet articulate tone on his traditional 25 ½-inch scale-length Andersons. He selected an all maple neck for a wide, clear tone with controlled low and high frequencies. This was the first time we had used this traditional wood combination on our longer 28 5/8th-inch scale length baritone instrument. Previous Baritoms have seen alder bodies mated with maple/rosewood necks and ash bodies coupled with maple/rose or maple/pau ferro necks. All these wood combinations were stunning. For more on these revolutionary instruments see the “Guitar of the Week Archives” section of this site or click on “Guitar Gallery.”

This new Baritom Pro Am had all the wonderful characteristics we have come to expect from Anderson Baritoms. Chris chose to tune his to B—a 4th lower that traditional tuning. True to form, the longer 28 5/8th scale length, larger string gauge and Anderson “Extended Bandwidth,” produces a fat, larger-than-life tone that possesses an almost piano-like clarity, keeping this lower register instrument clear and able to always be heard in the mix. The alder body and maple neck made their sonic contributions perfectly with the alder adding a low midrange fullness and an upper-mid clarity while the maple neck added focus to the mids and control to the extreme high and low frequencies. This guitar was a dream to play. The scale length and string gauges are properly chosen so the tension and playability are the same as a normal guitar—no floppy, flappy feel here. And of course with the traditional Anderson neck shape and flawless fret job, it plays like butter. This guitar is able to add extreme dimension to almost any style of music.

All this sound is catapulted to the amplifier by way of the SD1-R, SD1- and HO1+ pickups with additional acoustic guitar sounds complements of the LR Baggs X-Bridge—the whole guitar is a sonic masterpiece.

Well, if you get a chance to catch Christopher Cross in concert, I’m sure you’ll hear his Tom Anderson Baritom Pro Am played in a myriad of creative and beautiful ways.

Thank you Chris.

 MODEL: – Baritom Pro Am

 FINISH: – Translucent Forest Green

 BODY WOOD: – Alder


 NECK WOOD: – Maple



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Baritom Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Baggs X-Bridge


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – Switcheroo Custom



 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012 - .068 tuned to B

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