Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of May, 28 2001 through June, 4 2001

Hollow Cobra Special
Cherry Burst

Oh good, you’re here. Happy Memorial Day! Come on in. I know why you’re here. You think that when no one is looking I’m going to show you cool new stuff that no one else knows about or has ever seen. Is the coast clear? I love saying that. I’ll say it again. Is the coast clear?

Come with me, in the front door of Tom Anderson Guitarworks. This is the main lobby. Lets walk to the right, past the elevators and the drinking fountains that distribute only Root Beer. Follow me through the double metal doors at the end of the hall. Hurry, put on this all-white clean-room suit. Now step into the air shower to remove all dust and foreign contaminates. You may now enter the air-lock leading to the electronics lab.

This is Tom Anderson Pickupworks where all the fabulous sounding Anderson pickups come from—including the soapbar-style P1s and P3s that adorn this weeks “Special.” Be careful not to step in the applesauce—I’ll explain that later. Go out through the submarine-style door. Spin the wheel to open it. Remove your clean-room suit and stand in front of this brick wall. Spread flat out against the wall and with the index finger of your left hand depresses the hidden button. As the wall rotates we are now standing in front of two private elevator doors painted Seafoam Green. Step in with me and punch the B3 button. This will take us 3 floors underground.

The doors open to reveal a hermetically sealed studio. Inside is where top secret Anderson sonic experiments are conducted. Come in. I have to show you a very special instrument—a Hollow Cobra Special to be exact. Look at this! It is the second Hollow Cobra Special ever created and the first one to be loaded with our P1, P1 and P3 pickups. How cool is this? The very first one! Impressive! But not nearly as impressive as the way it shook me down to the very core of by tonal being from the moment that I first laid ears on it.

Lean down here. I’ll strum it unplugged and you listen very carefully. Hear its thick, commanding persona? Now notice how it remains pleasingly defined at the same time—an unmistakable Anderson-mahogany attribute.

I can’t wait any longer, can you? Choose an amp from the “wall of amps” and we’ll plug in. Diving into this instrument reveals absolutely lavish, jaw-dropping tone. The combination of the hollow chambered, all-mahogany body, mahogany/African rosewood neck and soapbar-style pickups impart to the amp a haunting, open, mahogany-centered, P-90-type timbre that is powerful and warm. Thanks to the chambered mahogany’s enhanced overtone content, this smooth playing instrument is not reluctant to rock hard or branch out into more diverse styles of music with confidence.

Have you ever heard anything quite like this guitar? It gives me chills to listen to it. On top of all of this, check out the electronics. Three P-series pickups and 5-way switching with a push/pull tone control offer 7 magic combinations that will produce a variety of well-recognized sounds from supercharged single coils to traditional humbuckings. It seems like an almost endless variety when managed properly through a great amplifier.

Also, this is your chance to see what mahogany wood grain looks like when finished with a translucent color—this one being Cherry Burst. Did you notice the black headstock? A touch of class don’t you think? I know that you are curious about the choice of black hardware. This guitar was ordered by a very good guitar player named Chris and this guitar was his vision—including the black hardware. Nice job Chris.

Quick, someone is coming. Douse the lights. We’ll have to run for it. First, we’ll make our way to the emergency stairway then up and out to the roof, grab onto the cable and…Oh, it only Incisor and Gurlog. They are the two killer guard dogs that roam the halls of Anderson Guitarworks during the off hours keeping everything secure. We’ll be safe as long as you know how to play “Born Free.” They love that song. It puts them to sleep. You do know how to play “Born Free” don’t you?


 MODEL: – Hollow Cobra Special

 FINISH: – Cherry Burst

 BODY WOOD: – Mahogany


 NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Switch for 7 sounds




 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Garrett Park Guitars/Annapolis, Maryland

Hollow Cobra Special
Cherry Burst

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