…And continuing in the spirit of the inspiring M-Series, Hollow T Classic trilogy from its humble beginning a mere two weeks ago to last week's showstopper, we ask the question:
What was Tharpa thinking?
Rumor has it that this is the number one topic being discussed by a renowned panel of guitar experts convening in Dallas, Texas, this week to address the most moving forces in music today.
Just what was Tharpa thinking anyway?
What was Tharpa thinking when he first had his vision for a tri-powered M-Series, Hollow T Classic? What was it he knew when he spoke with Eddie Burman at Indoor Storm in Raleigh, North Carolina? Was he privy to some body-wood secret when he selected Swamp Ash as a topping for his Alder-backed Anderson creation? Was he savvy to Swamp Ash’s revered reputation for imparting a harmonically lavish top end tonality and the substantial lower-midrange reward bestowed by an alder back?
What was Tharpa thinking as he asked that a shimmering finish of Tobacco Fade be applied? Had he noticed that the Anderson Guitar Gallery lacked a stunning depiction of this shade illuminating a Swamp Ash top? How did he discover to what extent this wood’s characteristically elongated grain pattern would radiate through the transparent surface?
What was Tharpa thinking? Why oh why did he request an Indian Rosewood fingerboard be overlaid upon a maple neck? Did he consciously seek to add delicate shimmer and bountiful low-end to the overall sonic character? Was he already familiar with the welcoming silhouette of a +.030 T/A Standard’s sleek, small/medium neck backshape? Did he have knowledge concerning the legend of Anderson’s Exclusive Stainless Steel frets and their ability to add seamless flow to string bending and vibrato?
But the biggest question remains: what was Tharpa thinking electronically for this already stellar instrument when he called into service M1 pickups at the neck and middle locations? But the biggest surprise of all was his authorization to incorporate a higher-output M3 at the bridge position. Could he have known of the M1s’ extraordinary capabilities to fluently launch an onslaught of over-the-top single coil sounds without leaving musical territory? Yes, perhaps if he is a regular Guitar of the Week reader he could have. But how did he come to know of M3’s hidden prowess that can bring giant single coil tones into the realm of rather-muscular-humbucker on demand?
What was Tharpa thinking when he encouraged Eddie of Indoor Storm to test drive this Hollow T Classic before sending it on to him? From the moment Eddie made contact with the amplifier, he said he felt Roy Buchanan being drawn through his fingertips. Oh what a feeling that has to be!
What do you think Tharpa is thinking right now?
• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic
• FINISH: – Tobacco Fade with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Swamp Ash Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Piezo Saddles—for plugged-in Acoustic Guitar Sounds
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Bridge Splitter and Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 11 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .0095-.044
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Indoor Storm/Raleigh, North Carolina