Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of August, 7 2000 through August, 14 2000

Hollow Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Tiger's Eye with Binding

Hollow Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Tiger's Eye with Binding

And these mysterious hands belong to? Is that the question on everyone’s mind? This is yet another beautiful NAMM Show guitar that we took along with us to Nashville. It is a Tiger Eye, Hollow Cobra with gold hardware and a colorful African rosewood fingerboard—a stunning look.

You should have seen the faces of the players who actually got to see this one in person. Very delighted might describe it, giddy could be another. Almost every dealer that saw it wanted it but, unfortunately, it could only go to one—but who? Which dealer would walk away from the NAMM show with this beauty? How could we decide? We didn’t know. If they weren’t all so nice it could insight a riot. We didn’t want that. What could we do? The hands! Yes, that’s it, the hands. It had to be the hands. Who among them could tell us whose hands it was that were holding this awe inspiring Hollow Cobra? They and they alone could take home the Hollow Cobra—sort of like King Arthur and Excalibur don’t you think?…I said sort of.

Not to mention that this Cobra is also equipped with a piezo pickup in each saddle to create a plugged-in acoustic guitar tone that can be blended with the electric guitar sounds or played by itself. It was wonderful to watch the faces of the NAMM attendees when, after playing the amazing electric guitar tones, you flip to acoustic and then to both electric and acoustic sounds simultaneously. You can almost always hear an audible gasp of amazement. Hey, we even still gasp. It is mighty impressive.

For pickups, it is loaded with Tom’s current Cobra favorite, an HO1- in the neck position and an H2 for the bridge. If he likes it, it has to sound wonderful—and it does.

Dealer after dealer attempted to determine the origin of the hands. They all gave a valiant effort. It looked as though no one could claim the Eye of the Tiger. As the sun was setting on the last day of the NAMM, Sir Dylan and Sir Rick of Garrett Park Guitars of Annapolis, Maryland rode up on their mighty steeds. How they got horses into the NAMM Show I’ll never know. Sir Dylan called down from his mount, “What is thy quest?” I answered, it is to determine the origin of the holly hands that hold the Tiger’s Eye. Sir Rick quickly replied, “It is a work of Art.” We could not believe our ears. I asked if he could please repeat his last utterance. He shouted over a clap of thunder, “It is a work of Art.” We were amazed. In this the final hour, one had come forth who possessed the knowledge to free the Hollow Cobra from its bonds. Yes, the hands are those of Art we replied with delight. Art is our esteemed final assembler who was far too bashful to have his face in the picture. Blessed is he who has a guitar build by the one called Art or any of his clan for they are of divine origin and so is this Hollow Cobra.


 MODEL: – Hollow Cobra

 FINISH: – Tiger Eye with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple Top with Mahogany Back


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with African Rosewood Fingerboard



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4th-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed with Baggs X-Bridge


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – 5-Way Cobra



 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010 to .046

Hollow Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Tiger's Eye with Binding

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