There is a “thing” going on and
has it… a certain style
Along with their well-established and time-honored musical “feel” Nashville has a “kind of” hotrod, vintage vibe and Anderson Guitars is a big part of that—along with many other guitar and amp brands. Sharing the Nashville experience is very okay with us as we love to be on stage with all our friends in the music business—it makes for a warm, multi-dimension experience.
We search for the best person, or persons, to be the Anderson representative in each area, and in Nashville it is Tony Higbee (don’t you love this guy’s last name?). He runs the Platinum Room at the Nashville Guitar Center—one of only 4 Guitar Center stores in the entire country to carry Anderson Guitars—very exclusive.
Editors note: We are not sure who drew the blue lines on this picture (expanded version) but we take ‘em as we can get ‘em—pictures, that is.
Tony is a master, and proof of this bold proclamation is outrageously obvious the moment you lay eyes, ears and hands on this Drop T Classic.
Tony was the first to decree a Drop T Classic to be built just this way.
It began on a rather orthodox Anderson foundation, denoted by a gorgeous Quilted Maple-topped body and supported by an Alder tone-wood back. And if you are one who enjoys hues of blues, who can argue with the choice of Jack’s Pacific Blue Burst with Binding—enabling tubes of quilted maple to shimmer like waves upon the ocean.
Here is where Tony took this guitar’s appointments to a new realm of Nashville cool. Tony chose to accent with a black pickguard and a black headstock. This is something rarely seen with a “fancy” top but it was obviously the perfect complement to lay down a subtle and dynamic foundation for the chrome covered TV1 pickup in the neck position and the nickel covered HC2 humbucker at the bridge—a touch of total class, for sure.
Sonic flexibility is not even slightly sacrificed for looks as infinitely straightforward and versatile Anderson switching delivers musically multifaceted tones via a 5-Way that offers:
1. Neck (single coil)
2. Neck (single coil) + Bridge (full power)
3. Neck (single coil) + Bridge (single coil)
4. Bridge (single coil)
5. Bridge (full power)
Simple and easy to handle with enough oomph to solo with singing sustain, crunch the big rhythm chords or swing it sweetly.
Another secret of this Drop T Classic is only revealed upon very close inspection. This Drop T Classic is actually a Drop T Classic “Short T” (pronounced Shorty, for short)—now an extremely coveted option for the T-family of guitars.
What this means is that its overall string length is 24 ¾-inch rather than the standard 25 ½-inch. So subtle is this scale length change—when standard woods, bridges and playing geometry remain in tact—that at first most players will not realize they are playing a Short T.
All they will know is that:
• string bending can be accomplished with a softer touch
• the reach from fret to fret seems easier to negotiate
• a set of .010 gauge strings have the sonic girth of .011s on the higher 3 strings—bigger and rounder tones without loosing articulation
The moment this Anderson touched down in Nashville it was scooped up by John, an appreciative and awestruck guitar player—thanks very much.
But no worries, for Tony knows and takes care of his Anderson “stuff.” He would not and could not let this unique Nashville Superstar, Drop T Classic just amble off into the sunset; never to be heard from again.
Tony immediately outfitted another in a gorgeous Transparent Forest Green (not pictured) and then again in Atlantic Storm.
Click below to head straight into the Atlantic Storm, Drop T Classic.
• MODEL: – Drop T Classic
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch (Short T)
• FINISH: – Jacks Pacific Blue Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilt Maple Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Black
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Black
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – none
• BRIDGE PICKUP: –HC2
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome for neck, Nickel for bridge
• PICKUP RINGS: – Black
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Center Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee