Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of May, 29 2000 through June, 5 2000
Maple Top on Basswood
On March 19th we featured this guitar as our “Guitar of the Week.” We received the following response from its new owner. We wanted to share it with you and to do that effectively we decided to show you the whole story in this week’s Guitar of the Week. This hopefully gives you yet another dimension of Tom Anderson Guitarworks and allows all of us to experience and enjoy this amazing “Anderson-thing” together—because it is an amazing world we all live in!
The first thing you will read is the original text from March 19th, then Mitchell’s response and finally our response to him. We hope you enjoy it.
I just went home for lunch. It was my son I went to see.
He read a Dr Seuss book to himself and to me.
When you hear a book read like this, you start to rhyme everything you say.
So I hope its okay if I write “Guitar of the Week” this way.
From the first time I’d laid eyes on this guitar I knew.
It must be “Guitar of the Week,” that is what I must do.
This is a color I have wanted to show you for a while.
It is such a beautiful color called 6120 Orange, it should bring a very nice smile.
The fingerboard is what really sent me into a fit.
Its pau ferro wood has an orange hue to it, just a bit.
The combination of the body color and neck together was great.
A better combination we just could not create.
I had to pick up the guitar and start to play.
The perfect body contours hugged me in a most comfortable way.
The slim and fast 1 5/8th-inch, T/A Standard backshape neck, felt as easy as butter to play.
I could not, would not, put it down, I had to stay and play all that day.
Rich and full with extra upper-midrange pau ferro clarity, was the sound that it made.
And because it is an Anderson the sustain just stayed and stayed.
The pickups are our SA1R, SA1 and H2+.
With the amazing versatility of the Switcheroo switching system, there is never a fuss.
To get every possible pickup combination, you can do it with ease.
With a snap of the blower switch, going to full-power humbucker from another pickup combination is a breeze.
I did not want to stop playing this beautiful guitar at all.
But I had to stop and take its picture for our Guitar Gallery wall.
I wanted you to see how beautiful 6120 Orange on maple can be.
When he opens the case to his guitar, now you know what Phillip will see.
Phillip ordered it wanting to get the very best.
I wonder if on the first night, he will get any rest?
He’ll probably stay up and play it all night.
I wonder if we should call his wife and tell her it is all right?
“Really its okay, it’s fine,” I would say.
It is remotely possible that he will get over it one day.
Or maybe he won’t but you could get one for you too.
It is a good way to get even closer for the both of you two.
We know a few couples who both own Andersons and together they play and sing.
It is such a nice togetherness thing.
Well now that I have dug myself into a hole I must go.
But I am very glad we have had this opportunity for this maple/basswood Drop Top to show.
There is one thing that is scary about doing a rhyme with a Drop of 6120 Orange.
No word in the world rhymes with orange.
*New Owner, Mitchell’s Correspondence To Us:
Dear Tom & crew,
In keeping with the Dr. Seuss theme from the “Guitar of the Week” for March 19th, I'm writing to update you about the status of that guitar.
When he special ordered it, Phillip saw stars.
But in the mean time, he kept buying Anderson guitars.
When it finally arrived, well, Phillip, poor bloke,
was utterly, utterly, totally broke.
But one player's loss is another one's gain.
And, though I certainly felt Phillip's pain.
It wasn't as strong as my personal joy.
When I saw it, and played it, and bought it-- oh boy!
So, thanks to Steve and crew at Wildwood.
I now own an electric that's better than good.
Just the sight of that Drop Top can make my mouth drool.
I can't unglue my butt from my old guitar stool.
I'm the new happy owner of 03-01-00A.
And I'm thinking of leaving work early today.
Because nothing--not drugs and not women-- feels as good.
As my fingertips touching that pau ferro fingerboard wood!
So, there you have it. It's a stunning instrument; thanks so much for
Our Final Response to Mitchell:
Thank you so much for being an Anderson guy, it makes us smile.
Because it reaffirms that what we do is truly worth while.
I was wondering if we could have your permission to reproduce your letter on
our web site if we can.
It could, it would spice up our site and keep it from being so bland.
We will use it if possible but we cannot promise for sure that we will.
So don't be mad if we can't find a place for it to fill.
But we'd like to have it just in case there's a place and time,
That we have need of another excellent something to rhyme.
So what do you think, so what do you say?
We will use it with honor and rules of etiquette we will obey.
We await your response, await with glee.
And who knows maybe one day famous you could be.
May we have your autograph?
Well we hope you enjoyed this slightly different adventure. See you next week.
MODEL: – Drop Top
FINISH: – 6120 Orange with Binding
BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Basswood Back
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple with Pau Ferro Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Color
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – n/a
NECK PICKUP: – SA1R
MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1-
BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
SWITCHING: – Switcheroo
PICKUP COVERS: – n/a
PICKUP RINGS: – Black
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
Maple Top on Basswood
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