Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of July, 16 2001 through July, 23 2001


Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder
Cajun Red with Binding

Nashville is a great city and every year we attend the Summer NAMM Show there—except this year. Yes, this year we opted to pass on the Music City extravaganza. Because of a very successful winter NAMM Show, an extremely heavy backorder situation and the small and more regional nature of the summer show, we thought it wise to stay home and do what we do best. If you were planning to visit us there, we want you to know that we are vital, healthy, happy and sorry to have missed you. We will be at the Winter Show in Anaheim, California in full force and would love to see you then. But in a way…we will be there this summer.

Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the Tom Anderson Guitarworks On-line Summer NAMM Show. We will be displaying four beautiful Anderson guitars, explaining, comparing and contrasting as though we were on the show floor together. And best of all, these 4 guitars will be on exhibit at Guitar Heaven, Nashville’s Tom Anderson dealer, during the time of NAMM. Guitar Heaven helped us decide what they would love to show you. They did a great job, so check ‘um out here or in Nashville.

Hollow Drop Top: The Drop Top, in all its permutations, is probably our most popular model. That may be because, for the first time ever, Drop Tops allow the traditional 25 ½-inch scale length instrument (“Fender” scale length) to display visually stunning woods and yet exude and excel with un-compromised, lush, rich tone—a feat never really accomplished until their introduction. Drop Tops are available with or without traditional pickguard styling. With is known as a “Drop Top Classic”—without is a “Drop Top.” This Cajun Red beauty is a “Hollow Drop Top” because of its visually undetectable hollow sound chambers. The hollow chambers offer up a bit more soft, traditional-feeling overtone within its sonic pallet. They bestow their same sonic blessings upon the “Hollow Drop Top Classic” as well.

Maple is the usual topping wood of choice, although koa (when available) and walnut are stunning alternatives that possess a dark-wood look and present their sonic character with a touch more upper-mid authority. The secret of the Drop Top design lies in its “dropped top.” A beautiful book-matched piece of maple, koa or walnut is actually bent (or dropped) over a tone-wood back of basswood, alder, mahogany or swamp ash to create the same comfortable forearm contour of our Classic and Pro Am models. Each backing wood offers its own characteristically pleasing sonic signature. Basswood presents an even, gentle, effervescence throughout the tonal spectrum; alder, a stronger, traditional, almost-thumping, lower-mid; mahogany, an authoritative focus; and swamp ash, an open, airy, harmonically-rich sparkle with great low-end. The maple top presides over all, granting a fundamental authority. Any pickup configuration, 5 bridges, 12-plus neck shapes and 5-Way or Switcheroo switching systems are available.

There are 3 other beautiful guitars below—keep reading.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top

 FINISH: – Cajun Red with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Alder Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Black

 NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Black

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – n/a

 NECK PICKUP: – SA1R

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+

 SWITCHING: – Switcheroo

 PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

 PICKUP RINGS: – Black

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Nashville, Tennessee




Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder
Cajun Red with Binding





The Classic
Alder
Shoreline Gold

The Classic: The Classic is the best sounding and best playing vintage-style instrument on the planet! I know that is a rather shocking statement but we thought you would like to know.

The Classic’s defining character is its classic pickguard-styled body carved from your choice of the classic woods of either swamp ash or alder (basswood and mahogany are also available for those who want to deviate from pure tradition). It is from these that The Classic’s sonic character is derived. Swamp ash speaks with a delicate, open, airy, harmonically-rich vintage-voice and sturdy lower register while alder delivers its venerable sonic gift with a lower-midrange thump and upper-mid eloquence that refuses to go unnoticed on stage. Coupled to the body by a perfect-fitting neck-to-body joint, any of our solid maple or maple/rosewood fingerboard necks deliver absolutely effortless playability and unparalleled transfer of sustain. To satisfy your artistic nature, The Classic is available with all our Anderson options but is most often outfitted in all-vintage attire.

One strum on this Shoreline Gold masterpiece and you know we are not exaggerating about that “best sounding, best playing” thing. Unplugged, you can feel it resonate as it rings out with surprising volume and robust clarity. From the nature of its timbre you know you are hearing alder express itself while the controlled feel of the bandwidth is indicative of an all maple neck. The timeless persona of this instrument is further supported by Guitar Heaven’s choice of a tinted, “Small 50’s V” backshape neck and our newly offered aged-white pickguard and pickup covers.

The job of transporting this unadulterated sonic bliss to the amplifier falls to the VA-series pickups—a VA1 for the neck, VA1R middle and the versatile VA12 at the bridge position. VA1s are Anderson-built staggered-magnet single coil pickups that have been voiced to emphasize a full-bodied traditional output with smooth articulation and a pleasingly percussive attack. The VA12 is a slightly different story. When running in combination with any other pickup, the VA12 presents itself with the refinement of a VA1 but when asked to perform unaccompanied it is automatically boosted to the output of our commanding VA2 and able to swap licks with the neck position’s VA1. All this without loosing a fraction of its historical character.

If all this is not enough, The Classic is the most affordable way to own the remarkable quality of an Anderson.

There are two other beautiful guitars below—keep going!

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – The Classic

 FINISH: – Shoreline Gold

 BODY WOOD: – Alder

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Tinted Satin

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Tinted Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Small 50’s V

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – Aged White

 NECK PICKUP: – VA1

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1R

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA12

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull for 7 Sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – Aged White

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Nashville, Tennessee




The Classic
Alder
Shoreline Gold





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

Hollow T Classic: This style of guitar is more formidable than most are even aware. In the past when a good one was found, it was coveted. The tone could be so commanding and clear that many musicians, who were primarily known for playing shorter scale humbucker-equipped guitars on stage, used them during the making of numerous landmark recordings.

To be able to consistently deliver this mystical tone, Tom Anderson Guitarworks created the Hollow T Classic. The hollow chambered body nurtures a healthy fullness without giving up the twang factor. In their July 1993 issue, Guitar Player Magazine conducted a monumental guitar test. They called it “Tele Visions.” The banner on the cover of the magazine read “Shootout! 32 Telecasters & Tele Copies Rated.” They compared 32 “Tele”-style guitars from all different manufacturers. The winner was the Tom Anderson, Hollow T Classic. They concluded their write up of the Hollow T Classic by stating, “In our humble estimation, it just doesn't get any better than this”—very nice of them to say so.

Today there are many permutations of our legendary Hollow T Classic. Most commonly they appear with a more conventional two pickup layout and can be had with a body of all swamp ash, swamp ash top/alder back, all alder or a stunning maple top supported by an alder, swamp ash, basswood or mahogany back wood. Each offers its own sonic personality:
♪ Ash/Ash: clear, twangy, musical sound with an open middle, supported by a gorgeous low-end.
♪ Alder/Alder: muscular lower-midrange with round, upper-mid prominence.
♪ Ash/Alder: a fuller, stronger low-middle than all ash with more sparkling top end than all alder.
♪ Maple Top: looks beautiful and adds a mild fundamental distinction to the clarity of each string and the backing wood chosen.

The addition of a middle pickup greatly increases the Hollow T Classic’s sonic repertoire. The three Anderson hum-canceling pickups are activated using versatile 5-way switching, facilitating 14 sounds. Outfitting this way is sometimes known as a “Nashville Tele” but here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks it is affectionately called the “Pete Anderson Model.” Pete is Dwight Yoakam’s outstanding guitar player, musical director and producer. A Hollow T Classic equipped this way is his main axe. Well, with a name like that what would you expect him to play? He’s a very talented guy!

It is a time-honored Translucent Blonde color with natural wood binding that Guitar Heaven chose for the finish of their Hollow T Classic. They liked the idea of bringing ash and alder together to comprise the body of this one, yielding a best-of-both-worlds tone for many players. The solid maple neck keeps the bandwidth nicely controlled while the +.030 T/A Standard neck backshape is a perfect blend of not-too-big, not-too-small but just right comfort.

Outstanding Anderson vintage pickups are also available as is the (solid) “T Classic” guitar model for those who want to embrace tradition even more closely.

There is one more beautiful guitar below and you're going to love it—push on!

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Hollow T Classic

 FINISH: – Translucent Blonde with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Swamp Ash Top with Alder Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Gold

 PICKGUARD: – Tortoise

 NECK PICKUP: – SA1R

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – TD3+

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull and Master Split for 14 Sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Nashville, Tennessee




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





Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany
Translucent Amber Burst with Binding

Cobra:Our summer NAMM festivities culminate with an intimate look at a guitar that wonderfully revolutionized its area of expression. During our discussion about the Hollow T Classic, we spoke of the need that many short-scale humbucker guitarists have for an instrument that will give them the fullness they long for but deliver greater articulation—especially while recording rhythm tracks. For live performances they may opt for a humbucker-equipped instrument that can deliver a thick, singing lead tone, even if they have to compromise their rhythm sounds to do so.

Enter Cobra! The very essence of Cobra construction asks it to emphasize tone differently than all other Anderson instruments. Cobra emanates with a naturally powerful attitude that is derived from its shorter 24 ¾-inch scale length in collaboration with its maple topped/mahogany body and mahogany/African rosewood fingerboard neck. The result is a focusing of its power consummating in a lush, thick musical midrange timbre. The Cobra has a genius for producing fat, singing solos but thanks to its exacting constant-pressure neck-to-body joint, wood treatment and hardware, it does this while remaining articulate and adept at expressing lavish chordal passages of both full-humbucker and single coil. This quality is known as the Anderson “Extended Bandwidth.” Never has a guitar of this format been so versatile.

Knowing that it has always been a very popular color for highlighting a traditional essence, Guitar Heaven chose Translucent Amber Burst for the finish of their Cobra—and you can see why. They also selected the mid-power H1- and H2+ pickups as the versatile twin humbuckings that will deliver this wonderfully usable tone to the amp in all its forms.

All Cobras are available with your choice of dual humbuckings or 2 or 3 Soapbar-style single coil pickups.

Below we have listed all Cobra models that are available for your musical pleasure.

Cobra Models:
Cobra: stated above.
Hollow Cobra: same as Cobra but with hollow sound chambers.
Cobra S: Cobra with double-cut away body style.
Hollow Cobra S: same as Cobra S but with hollow sound chambers.
Cobra Special: all mahogany body
Hollow Cobra Special: same as Cobra Special but with hollow sound chambers.
Cobra Special S: Cobra Special with double-cut away body style.
Hollow Cobra Special S: same as Cobra Special S but with hollow sound chambers.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Cobra

 FINISH: – Translucent Amber Burst with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – n/a

 NECK PICKUP: – H1-

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull for 6 Sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

 PICKUP RINGS: – Cream

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Nashville, Tennessee




Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany
Translucent Amber Burst with Binding






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