Rock and Rollers have always been an adventurous lot, not only pushing the envelope of music but fashion as well. Be honest now, how many times did you wear your mom’s clothes on stage in the 80’s? Well, to our knowledge Gary never did. Maybe that is why he is president of Brown Shoe Wholesale today. They are a huge corporation specializing mainly in women’s shoes—and the very famous Buster Brown line of children’s shoes. Of course you remember Buster. And just so you know who we’re dealing with here, they are the company that also brings you the Naturalizer brand and Dr Scholl’s, just to name a few.
With his roots firmly established in music, Gary and Carlos Santana struck a deal in 2001 to launch a whole new line of beautiful women’s shoes known as “Carlos by Carlos Santana,” with a portion of every sale going to support the Milagro Foundation. Milagro, which means miracle in Spanish, was founded by Carlos and Deborah Santana in 1998. It was their vision to create an organization that would enrich the lives of youth by supporting educational efforts. Carlos put it this way, “Meeting with Brown Shoe I realized they could connect with my vision. Through their creative thinking and design work it was apparent that they got what this brand is all about. This is the type of company I want to help me in my work for the Milagro Foundation. We believe that life is a miracle (milagro) and that children everywhere deserve the opportunity to lead safe, healthy and educationally creative lives.”
When Carlos realized that Gary was a guitar player, he asked him over to the house to jam. Of course, Gary jumped at the chance. Well, they must have made some kind of musical connection because Carlos later invited Gary to join him on stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater, to play a song with the band in front of 22,000 people. In February of this year, Gary again sat-in with the band at a private party in Las Vegas. This time he jammed on the song, The Calling.
Yes, Gary is a certainly a Rocker but he has also been known to push the envelope of fashion. Although Carlos owns an old Anderson—a Black Swamp Ash, Classic—he primarily plays beautiful guitars made by our friends at PRS. Now Gary is faced with quite a dilemma—what to wear on stage with Carlos? Women shoes are definitely out because it is too difficult to articulate the pedal board with them on, and besides he needs something that will perfectly compliment Carlos’ PRS tones and speak clearly but with a distinctive voice of its own. What better fashion and sonic statement could be made than with a Tom Anderson Guitar?
The hyper-link pictures that follow show four friends jamming away, Carlos and Gary with Paul and Tom. Does life get any better than this!?
Gary is pictured rockin’ out on his Fiesta Red Classic and stated he loved the way the VA Booster feature of his VA12 VA12R VA23 pickups operated when plugged through a Dumble amp of Carlos’ that used to belong to Christopher Cross—small world, huh?
But as we stated earlier, Gary has been known to push the fashion envelope and this time has done it to the extreme with this latest addition to his Tom Anderson collection—a Hollow Drop Top Classic arrayed in a brand new color, Arctic Blue Burst. Once again Gary has stunned the fashion world!
• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic-Left-Handed
• FINISH: – Arctic Blue Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo-Left-Handed
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White
• NECK PICKUP: – SA1R
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Splitter and Add-Bridge Push/Pull Switch—for 14 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Eddies Guitars/St. Louis, Missouri