Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of August, 14 2000 through August, 21 2000

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Sparkle Silver with Binding

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Sparkle Silver with Binding

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Sparkle Silver with Binding

This is the final NAMM Show guitar we will be sharing with you from this year’s summer trip to Nashville. It is the last but definitely not the least. (Of course there is really no such thing as the least here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks.) This one floored everyone and that was before it left here. And who is the madman with the impish grin? He is the wonderful Dave Wakefield. Why does he look so happy? Well, he has the pleasure of working with Bob and Art, who you saw in the last two Guitar of the Week articles, and he did the final assembly and the first test-play of this magnificent instrument—so happy is understandable.

What he is playing is a “show stopping” Sparkle Silver, Cobra. And when I say show stopping I mean show stopping. This guitar got so many looks and words of praise at the NAMM Show we simply lost count. People always asked, “What’s new for NAMM?” The first thing I would point to was this one! But that was merely the beginning. Plugging it in revealed an amazing sonic versatility almost unheard of from a guitar equipped with Soapbar-style pickups. These are not mere Soapbar pickups however, but Anderson built P1s for the neck and middle positions and a perfectly balanced P3 for the bridge. This along with a 5-way and push/pull switch, located on its very usable tone control, delivers seven amazing pickup combinations.

That alone is quite impressive but watching the players who attended NAMM take this instrument through its paces was a joy to behold. Delight is the best word I can use to describe the facial expressions as they discovered the mired tonal variations hiding within. Three pickups enable this effortlessly playing instrument to produce a variety of fat yet traditional sounds normally only attainable from at least two instruments. The complex sonic dimensions of all 3 pickups running together, the neck/middle or middle/bridge pickup combinations must be heard to be believed. Needless to say NAMM was really fun.

Another fun thing was listening to Tom doing the final test-play on this glimmering instrument. He just kept playing and playing. That is a good sign. Also, he exclaimed several times, “This Cobra is great! This is my favorite Summer NAMM guitar.” That is another good sign. I guess this new Cobra got to him as well. It was such a priceless moment that I had to stealthily crawl through the underbrush to snap this picture of Tom during Sparkle Silver, Cobra’s final test-play.

Dave is revealing yet another secret of this guitar. The back of the body is painted a beautiful dark brown color. This seems to be a very popular backing color for Silver Sparkle, Cobras but this one also has its neck back painted dark brown to match the body—a feature that brought many oohs and ahas. Not only does the neck back look beautiful but the finish retains the same wonderful satin feel of all our necks so playing is still fast and effortless.

Eliot is a wonderful guy. He runs the Guitar Center in East Brunswick, New Jersey. His is the only Guitar Center in the entire chain where you can get a new Tom Anderson Guitar and the only place in the world where you can find this Silver Sparkle, Cobra.


 MODEL: – Cobra

 FINISH: – Silver Sparkle with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with African Rosewood Fingerboard


 NECK BACK FINISH: – Dark Brown Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4th-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Add Bridge Switch



 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010 to .046

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Sparkle Silver with Binding

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