Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of June, 5 2000 through June, 12 2000

Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Translucent Black Burst with Binding

Contemplating our own existence, being conscious of our own consciousness and possessing the ability to plan ahead is some of what separates us from the other life forms that occupy this planet. These qualities allow us to change our very nature and rise to the highest good. Living in this state of awareness the question naturally arises, “What are you going to do?” What are you going to do when Keith Richards calls wanting you to do the next world tour with the Rolling Stones? It could happen and you’ve got to be ready.

Now, let’s see, to play with the Rolling Stones you’ll need a guitar--but not just any guitar. Keith and Mick get quite a bit of attention in that band. You are going to need something that says, “My tone rules the earth”—but in a classy, non-offensive way. A Tom Anderson Drop Top could definitely be in order here. But what color makes just the proper statement for this band? It cannot be too pretty as we learned when Keith saw his red Cobra and wanted it painted black. I mean, sent his Translucent Amber Cobra back and got a Translucent Black one instead.

Yea, that’s it. Trans Black would be great but Keith already has that color. Besides, T-Black is gray with black highlights—very beautiful—but something that makes an even stronger black statement and still shows the beauty of the figured maple top would be good. Something Darth Vader-like but much more enjoyable to hang around with. I think Darth missed a lot of the more enjoyable moments of his life.

This Translucent Black Burst, Drop Top fills the criterion exactly. This is one sleek machine. Strapping it on reveals an instrument so comfortable to hold that you could jam all night as the Stones answer repeated ovations. Its solid basswood backed body generates a thick, pleasant, mid-focused tone and capped with a 3/16th-inch thick maple top, it doesn’t lack important articulation needed for definition within a band situation. The maple with Indian rosewood fingerboard neck pumps the bottom end of the tonal spectrum and adds just a touch of musical sparkle to the high-end frequencies.

For those softer passages where beautifully melodic tones are required or for those totally fat, clear, clean and strong rhythm parts, the SA1R and SA1 hum-canceling single coil-style pickups deliver with giant tone. When Keith calls for you to solo, the H3 bridge humbucking rocks to life with a vengeance. As you may be aware, the H2+ is our most requested humbucking pickup for the Drop Top. The H3 is similar with its wide bandwidth and full lower-mid chunk but it brings forth just a bit more power, adding a creamy, forgiving saturation to every note that you play without loosing any of the H2+’s clarity. For a high powered pickup the H3 remains amazingly musical, producing a surprisingly beautiful tone. And when you roll down the guitar’s volume control, the pickup cleans up very nicely, producing a warm vintage-output tone. Keith is going to be asking you how you are getting this particular sound. We’ll leave it up to your best judgement whether to share this secret or not. For all these reasons plus its realistic splitting capability, the H3 is our most popular replacement humbucker.

This flawless Black Beauty is on its way to David Spann at Musicmakers in Austin, TX. He is a very nice guy and a great guitar player who will be delighted to show you this wonderful instrument. Oh, one word of advice—Hurry! Keith may be dialing right now!


 MODEL: – Drop Top

 FINISH: – Translucent Black Burst with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Basswood Back


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – Switcheroo




Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Translucent Black Burst with Binding

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