Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of August, 2 2004 through August, 9 2004

The Classic
Metallic Charcoal

Will Montana ever be the same again? Well, that hot topic is certainly up for debate as Brian brings this first-ever Metallic Charcoal, M-Series, Classic home.

From his Montana dwelling, Brian glimpsed the first appearance of an M-Series, Classic on Guitar of the Week for May 9, 2004. It was there that the seed of tone and playability was planted. As the tonal torch was passed to him, he began to ponder. It was clear he needed an M-Series Classic to delve into the biggest tones of this type that the guitar world has ever witnessed—Stevie Ray-type tone without the need to drop tune or increase string girth. But this one must be uniquely his!

He began to explore color options in the realm of Alder Classics. He gave careful thought to a choice that would do honor to its superior qualities. After perusing the online Anderson Guitar Gallery, he began to formulate images of an Inca Silver, Classic—equipped in the “M” way. What a striking instrument that could be!

But as the day drew to a close and the sky darkened so did his vision of Inca Silver. It also became more dimly lit and mysterious in his mind’s eye. As a result, he began to search the World Wide Web for what it was that called him. His quest for a more ominous form of silver was fulfilled with the discovery of Charcoal Frost Metallic. This is a color originally adopted by guitar makers in 1965 through 1969, after the shade originally appeared on Lincoln automobiles for the model years, 1965 and ’66 as Charcoal Frost. In Anderson terms this color goes by the name of Metallic Charcoal.

Brian chose to display his Metallic Charcoal concept by exhibiting its shimmering attributes over an all-Alder body, securing that the full complement M-Series Pickups will be allowed to speak with a voluminous voice of uncompromised vintage integrity.

By now you must surely know of the prowess M's can grant to any Anderson Electric Guitar. Their huge and articulate single coil tones are quickly becoming legendary to those in the know. And being fully hum-canceling is a nice added bonus. With Brian’s choice of M1, M1 and M2, loaded from neck to bridge positions, he is easily able to call up crushing single coil tones that always remain extremely musical from all 11 pickup selections.

Some say that when the night is quiet and there is no one else around
If you face toward Montana and hold your head just right
From off in the distance you can hear exquisite tones wafting on the breeze
Could be Brian playing just one more song before he says, “Good night.”

Well, it could be!


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Metallic Charcoal

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback—Pete Anderson Shape

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Aged White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & Bridge Split Toggle—for 11 Sounds



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating

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

• 06-29-04P

The Classic
Metallic Charcoal

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