There is nothing wrong with Keith—okay! So maybe he does insist on wearing a homemade aluminum foil hat to prevent aliens from reading his mind but many adults probably do that. Plus, he has a lot in his mind to be read. He is a great guitar player who possesses almost infinite knowledge of whence great tone emanates and how you too can get it.
I’m talking about the Keith from Gelb Music—of course. In fact it is he who is responsible for this delectable Seafoam Green, T Classic. But the saga of this extra special instrument is not quite as simple as aliens would have you imagine. The real truth is that its lineage dates back to the days of Guitar of the Week for March 18, 2001—and beyond.
Back then Keith ordered one of our new (solid) T Classics for the store and thought it would be even more special finished in a fun vintage color. He opted for Baby Blue. When it arrived it was every bit as cool, and more so, than they had expected. They welcomed it with open arms. The only problem with a guitar of this nature is that the “cool quotient” is so high that they just don’t hang around the store long enough to satisfy and this one went home with one lucky player before Keith and Baby Blue could properly bond.
Traumatized by the sudden extrication, he did what so many do and tried to compensate by ordering the exact same stellar guitar again—but this time in Seafoam Green for a bit of added novelty. He anticipated the new Seafoam’s coming with great exuberance. When it finally made its appearance at Gelb Music, it also unobtrusively peeked out from the background of our Dec 23, 2001 Christmas Guitar of the Week picture. It was just a tiny little image held by our own Dave Wakefield so we assumed it would be safe for awhile. However, one of Gelb’s astute customers caught sight of it and raced to the music store where he scooped it up within one day of its arrival.
This was almost too much for Keith to take and he lapsed into seafoam green shock—a rare but dire medical condition. Erik (also of Gelb Music fame), having studied to be a male nurse, recognized the condition, sprung into action and revived him by pointing out that Anderson is more than capable of building them another exactly as perfect as before. Erik even promised Keith that he could play the new one when it arrived. Rejuvenated by Erik’s quick thinking, Keith called and once again ordered his Seafoam Green vision.
To understand more closely the condition known as seafoam green shock, it is important that we understand Seafoam’s origin. Apparently this eye-catching pastel shade was originally created for General Motors by the DuPont Corporation. It first appeared as Gulf Green on 1958 Buicks and went on to grace some other very cool GM cars of the day. In 1960 the color was picked up by the guitar industry and offered under the name Foam Green. For many years this traditional color has been one of Tom’s all time personal favorite shades and Anderson Guitarworks presents its version under the nom de plum of Seafoam Green.
How could we not be impressed with Keith’s blend of Seafoam Green, Aged White pickguard, Coffee Dipped pickup covers and Vintage Tinted maple neck? But when the last string was tuned to pitch and the first notes bound forth from this unstoppable instrument, we knew its looks would have to take a backseat to the unimpeded sonic gifts this electric guitar is capable of bestowing. And with the addition of a middle pickup and Fishman Powerbridge, the possibilities are literally almost endless.
We know Keith is going to enjoy the arrival of this long awaited Seafoam Green, T Classic. And if he remembers to wear his special hat, it just may buy him enough time to complete the all important bonding process.
• MODEL: – T Classic
• FINISH: – Seafoam Green
• BODY WOOD: – Alder—with back contour
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Vintage Tinted Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Fishman Powerbridge for Plugged-In Acoustic Guitar Sounds
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – VA1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Tone Control for 7 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped for Neck and Middle
• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music/Redwood City, California