Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of July, 15 2002 through July, 22 2002


Hollow Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Cherry Burst with Binding

In the past few years Drop Tops have undergone an amazing metamorphous yielding an extremely versatile and luscious sounding instrument with its roots firmly planted in vintage soil. Depending on which model and backing wood you choose, its timbre can be tailored to generate the sounds that musically move you the most.

This Cherry Burst, Hollow Drop Top Classic is a perfect illustration. With visually undetectable hollow sound chambers sequestered within its alder back and crowned by a three dimensional figured maple top, its approach is distinctively alder—clear high-mids reinforced with a rumbling lower midrange. True to the legacy, its commanding resonance is supportive of robust single coil and impressive 25 ½-inch humbucker tones.

Outfitted with our medium output H2 humbucking pickup at the bridge position, its controlled bottom end allows the amp’s bass control to be rolled up and breathe robust life into the single coil sized pickups for a superb balance between focused bridge humbucking and giant single coil tone.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic

• FINISH: – Cherry Burst with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple Top with Alder Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Cherry

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White

• NECK PICKUP: – SA1R

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2

• SWITCHING: – B5 with Master Splitter and Push/Pull Tone Control for 13 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Antioch, Tennessee

• 06-28-02N




Hollow Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Cherry Burst with Binding





Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Tortoise with Binding

Standing in stark contrast to its Cherry Burst cousin, this one-of-a-kind Tortoise, Drop Top’s signature is defined by a solid basswood backed body and a hauntingly beautiful quilted maple top. Basswood emits its sound evenly throughout a broad middle register while supplying humbucking pickups with frequencies they easily reproduce. The Anderson “Extended Bandwidth” insures musical complexity and plenty of fuel for the single coils to thrive.

And speaking of hauntingly beautiful, many have noted the presence of what appears to be a face looking out from atop this particular piece. Several of the grown men of Guitar Heaven were not sure how to assess this unique situation and gave us a quick call to make sure all was well. We eased the tension by explaining, not to worry about the face, it is Paul’s, no I mean Tom’s grandfather and he is a very gentle and clean old man. Everyone likes him. He’s is helpful and very musical. Sometimes he even does a little singing. One thing is for sure, we will never see another one quite like it.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

• MODEL: – Drop Top

• FINISH: – Tortoise with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Basswood Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood (of course)

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Gold

• PICKGUARD: – n/a

• NECK PICKUP: – SA1R

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+

• SWITCHING: – Switcheroo—for so many sounds we lost count

• PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

• PICKUP RINGS: – Black

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Antioch, Tennessee

• 06-27-02P




Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Tortoise with Binding





Hollow T Classic
Swamp Ash Top on Alder Back
Translucent Blonde with Binding





Hollow T Classic
Swamp Ash Top on Alder Back
Translucent Blonde with Binding





Hollow T Classic
Swamp Ash Top on Alder Back
Translucent Blonde with Binding

It was many years ago now but he thought it would be a good idea if we named this particular model of Hollow T Classic after him. We explained that a Hollow T Classic featuring a swamp ash top/alder backed body and a maple neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard is one of the standards of the Hollow T Classic. He pointed out that it breaks with vintage tradition by employing a three pickup setup—VA1,VA1 and TV3— increased switching versatility and utilizing a vintage tremolo bridge. We agreed that this is a cool way to outfit a Hollow T Classic but any Anderson player is already able to order one equipped just this way—so we had to say no. Pete understood. Pete Anderson is probably best known as Dwight Yoakam’s superlative guitar player, musical director and producer. Yes, he is an amazing guitar player—but we had to say no—didn’t we?

As Pete and his first Hollow T Classic began performing together, our phone began to ring with requests for the “Pete Anderson Model Hollow T Classic. We soon realized that he must be an extremely popular and influential guitar player—or he had all of his friends calling. Either way, it seemed very natural that a Hollow T Classic set up this way should become affectionately known as the Peter Anderson model—after all he has the same last name and is convinced that he’s is related to Tom. We told him that there are a lot of people in the world with the last name of Anderson but he’s not buying that one either.

Guitar Heaven has this Translucent Blonde beauty inspired by the man himself.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic

• FINISH: – Translucent Blonde with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Swamp Ash Top on Alder Back with Contours

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White

• NECK PICKUP: – VA1

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 7 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped on Neck & Middle

• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.046

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Antioch, Tennessee

• 07-01-02P




Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany
Tiger's Eye Burst with Binding

Although the Cobra appears to employ the same traditional body shape of our Hollow T Classic, that is where any sonic similarity ends. Cobra’s very makeup means it will address musical situations entirely differently. The shorter 24 ¾-inch string length and lower string tension are accompanied to the stage by a beautiful maple topped mahogany body and a mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard that plays like no other. Together these components establish a foundation of pure thumping power while speaking with enough articulation to command the moment. Twin Anderson-built humbucking pickups deliver 6 extremely musical settings that will surprise anyone accustomed to an instrument of this format.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

• MODEL: – Cobra

• FINISH: – Tiger Eye Burst with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple Top with Mahogany Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with African Rosewood

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge

• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Gold

• PICKGUARD: – n/a

• NECK PICKUP: – H1-

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 6 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

• PICKUP RINGS: – Cream

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Antioch, Tennessee

• 06-28-02P




Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany
Tiger's Eye Burst with Binding






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