Chocolate Maple Neck
And the rumors were flying throughout the guitar community concerning a certain very high profile and respected guitar maker with the giant “A” logo on the headstock. It was said that they are utilizing very unconventional materials to effectively transmit more tonal flavor into each and every note plucked?
But the stories were…well…weird…necks made of chocolate—some said, with nougat centers and caramel truss rods with “sprinkles” for fret markers. There was even one rumor of P-nut butter pickups. Guitar players needed to know what was real and what were the mere ravings of mass musical madness?
An emergency meeting was called—to be convened at the Temple of Tone—to get the real story; to separate fact from fiction. Everyone was astir and pondering if the secret of these magnificent Anderson guitars would be revealed—to finally understand why all their guitars sound so extraordinarily wonderful.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Temple of Tone,Guitar of the Week has visited there before and told the tales. Sequestered high in an undisclosed region of the Himalayan Mountains, it is a non-profit shrine populated by prophets of prophetic tone, dedicated to the propagation of perfect pitch and effortless playability throughout the globe—a noble endeavor.
Take a deep breath after that last sentence...and release. The Temple of Tone is a very peaceful, warm and welcoming place to be. The musical monks and their guests (that’s you) have been known to jam all night long as rich, robust tones waft through the high mountains. Only the best tone will do here.
Editor’s Note: The Following Text is excerpted from this meeting. Roy from Anderson Guitarworks began the talk after the guest arrived. As usual, we are not responsible for the content below—this is just the way it went.
Roy of TAGW: Thank you all for coming. Peace…peace and pleasingly perfect pitch to everyone. Please park your yaks outside and have a seat by the amp of your choice. You may plug in and warm yourself by the glow of the power tubes but please do not crush any power chords until after the presentation. Thank you.
Roy of TAGW: First, we would like to give a gracious Temple of Tone welcome to what appears to be Mr. Nestle and Mr. Hershey with us in the audience tonight. Gentlemen, you have undertaken a long journey to come here to be with us…and we welcome you.
Roy of TAGW: Let’s get right to the heart of the matter, shall we? There is no need for concern as there are no nougat centers and caramel truss rods with “sprinkles” for fret markers at the heart of Anderson guitar necks—those are all just silly rumors. Our necks comprise smooth-as-silk finishes with lightning fast and buttery playability, while slick Anderson-specific stainless steel frets legitimize legato-vibrato and effortless string bending. In other words: just so good to play, that you’ll never want to put down your Anderson Guitar—nor should you have to.
The guy who looks like Mr. Nestle raised his hand and spoke: Well, that is certainly a relief but what is this we all have heard about Chocolate necks? It is all over the place. Everyone is talking about Anderson’s Chocolate Maple necks. Are they yummy? Can we try them?
The guy who looks like Mr. Hershey added: And P-nut butter pickups—what’s the story there?
Roy of TAGW: First of all, there are no P-nut butter pickups—just another rumor.
Roy of TAGW: But…we do have new “P” pickups—the PQ-series. Brand new, PQs are hum-canceling, soapbar-style pickups that will revolutionize “P” pickup performance forever—really, really great and now available in Bulldog, Cobra and other models. That however, is a topic to discuss in depth at a later time. Right now, we are speaking of another matter—another guitar—loaded with other pickups and outfitted with a
Chocolate Maple neck!
…The audience gasp!...
The guy who looks like Mr. Hershey blurted out: So there are Chocolate Maple necks! I knew it! Are they segmented into bite size pieces? Can you get Chocolate Maple neck drops individually wrapped in silver foil, because if you can…then…I want one!
Roy of TAGW: Yes, Tom Anderson Guitarworks does have a new neck called Chocolate Maple—and it is as equally outstanding to play as all our other necks. But…the term Chocolate Maple is a metaphor. These necks are not made of real chocolate but of maple wood. This maple is the exact same premium wood that we use to create our traditional maple necks. The only difference is that after the maple is kiln-dried to perfection, it undergoes an extra “chocolating” process that darkens the neck wood, completely through to its center, making it look dark, like rosewood, but with the sound of an all-maple neck.
An undisclosed Audience Member screamed out: Man, is that cool! And it looks so good! I can’t wait to show my yak!
Editor’s note: The high altitude can sometimes limit the amount of oxygen one gets until acclimatization to elevation is achieved—usually a day or two.
A visible sigh of relief was breathed by both the guy who looked like Mr. Nestle and the guy who looked like Mr. Hershey. Happy, they offered real chocolate to everyone in attendance at the Temple. They said it was loaded with beneficial antioxidants.
Roy of TAGW: The guitar we have brought with us today demonstrates the majesty of the Chocolate Maple Neck, very well indeed. It is a Hollow Short T (pronounced “Hollow Shorty”). This Hollow Short T’s body has a Rosewood Top on an Alder back—for exquisite tone. The dark color neck—instead of being all-Rosewood—is the new Chocolate Maple—and we all know how fantastic maple necked “T-style” guitars can sound when done right—and this one is done so very right.
Roy of TAGW: Into the amp goes the lush tone of this Hollow Short T, via a TV1 and commanding TV3 pickup up layout—all controlled by a simple 3-Way switch and a VA Booster, sequestered and activated by a Push/Pull tone knob switch. In total, there are six superb sounds at your command.
Roy of TAGW: As we make our way down the mountain in the morning, this magnificent Rosewood topped, Chocolate Maple necked, Hollow Short T will make its way to Brian Meader at Washington Music Center, where he will hold it in good keeping, for you.
Roy of TAGW: But tonight, should we retire to the roof of the temple and see what this guitar will do as the band jams Get Back? Very well then, to the roof!
• MODEL: – Hollow Short “T”
• FINISH: – Natural
• BODY WOOD: – Rosewood with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Trans Dark Brown
• NECK WOOD: – Chocolate Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 Even-Taper
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Low-Rise—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking Tuners—staggered height
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Black
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: –TV3
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way w VA Booster—for 6 hum-free sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome on neck
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Washington Music Center/Wheaton, Maryland