Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of July, 3 2000 through July, 9 2000

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Black Olive with Binding

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Black Olive with Binding

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Black Olive with Binding

He is at it again and there is nothing we can really do about it. Yes, the “Dreaded Keeper of the Stone” has created another new color. This time it is Translucent Black Olive. If you are not exactly clear who this “Dreaded Keeper” guy is, see our “Guitar of the Week” Archives section for March 12, 2000 and April 16, 2000 for a full and very illuminating explanation. Just move to the very bottom of this page and click on “Guitar of the Week Archives.”

The Keeper feels that it is quite natural for this new Black Olive cast to be his next color offering to follow Tiger Eye. In fact he claims that it was the use of this very pigment that made him virtually undetectable as he stealthily tracked our crack team of “Anderson Color Commandos” from his jungle lair through the darkened Indian forest and back to civilization. They had come to his jungle to retrieve the actual Tiger Eye jewel but they got more than they bargained for. Now he is here with us and creating for you the most lush, and sometimes exotic, colors imaginable.

Lets take this exotic Translucent Black Olive finish for example. It is the first one of its kind anywhere. That alone makes it very special. Brian at Brook Mays in Dallas, Texas is a very brave man and he likes green. So, when he learned of the Dreaded’s plan to create a new and exotic color from dark jungle vegetation, he knew he would love it. He offered to have the Keeper’s personal pet elephant flown to Tom Anderson Guitars in exchange for the chance to have this very first Black Olive, Cobra in his store. We agreed that if he did not ship an elephant to Tom Anderson Guitarworks his chances of getting the guitar would be greatly improved. However, this gesture so touched The Keeper of the Stone that he granted Brian’s request.

He sent Brian the first Translucent Black Olive, Cobra in the history of the world. Just look at how the sparkling gold hardware’s reflection hints at the deep, rich dark olive green of the highly figured maple-topped/mahogany backed body—a nice touch. The headstock of this effortlessly playing mahogany neck with the African rosewood fingerboard, looks black to the untrained eye but when presented under stage lights it reveals not black but a deep, dark-green headstock and body back—a very nice surprise.

This smooth, fast yet raw-wood feeling mahogany backed neck, sports the “Standard Cobra” backshape. It is larger than our “T/A Standard” backshape but not too big. This most popular Cobra neck shape is a perfect medium-depth neck that plays like butter. Once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down. It makes everything you play just flow easier.

The unplugged tone of this guitar is not to be believed. The sound is beautifully rich and seems to want to sustain almost indefinitely. You can feel the sonic vibrations against you body as you play. This is the Anderson “Extended Bandwidth” at work. The sound is unparalleled. Unparalleled that is until your tubes are warm and you switch the amp off of stand-by.

This original Black Olive, Cobra leaps to life with the aid of the vintage-output HO1- neck and HO2 bridge pickups. Their tone is clear and open humbucker with a soft, percussive attack that allows your amp to turn up and breathe. But that is just the beginning of Cobra’s sonic pallet. Its switching offers 6 amazing tonal combinations from its twin humbuckers and that is before you begin to utilize the very usable tone control circuit. This is perhaps the most versatile 24 ¾-inch scale length guitar available because of its ability to not only deliver the thick humbucker tones you’d expect from a guitar of this format but produce articulate single coil and humbucker rhythm tones as well.

The Dreaded Keeper has now left the building to retire to the sanctity of his jungle lair. We can hardly wait to see what colorful gifts he will bring upon his return.


 MODEL: – Cobra

 FINISH: – Translucent Black Olive with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Very Dark Green

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with African Rosewood

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Very Dark Green


 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 ¾-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – Cobra 5-Way with Push/Pull




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