Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of August, 19 2002 through August, 26 2002

The Classic
Fiesta Red--New

Everyday is like a party here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks. Well, how could it not be, surrounded by the world's greatest guitars and the world’s nicest people? One of our most memorable real parties was our Fiesta Red New Year’s Eve fiesta in which the evening’s festivities culminated with the presentation of 3 Fiesta Red Andersons guitars.

Our Fiesta Red goal for that year was to deliver a finish that was faithful to a slightly faded, aged, vintage version of the original late 50’s color—as though it had been around for 40 years. There are those, however, who wish to return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear by having their Anderson more closely reminiscent of what Fiesta Red may have looked like with the brand new hue of the day, still brand new looking today.

Don’t feel bad if you’re still not sure which hue is the new hue and which hue is for you. But for those that know that the new hue is the hue you prefer we would like to unveil New Fiesta Red.

How could the Ford Motor Company have ever envisioned the impact of their contribution to guitar players everywhere when they chose to adorn the 1956 Fairlane and Thunderbird with their new Fiesta Red color? Imagine pulling up to the gig in this machine. How cool are you? Or, if your amp is small, how about this baby? Ford did not spray Fiesta Red again after 1956 but thanks to Leo Fender and the boys, the shade went on to make its musical debut two years later and has remained a time-honored custom electric guitar finish ever since.

Brian and Jeff selected this Fiesta Red Anderson Classic to contribute to the prestige of the Brook Mays Pro Shop in Dallas. To flawlessly capture the full flavor of the early 60’s and beyond, they chose to outfit this all American dream machine with a light-weight alder body. This tone wood pumps the lower midrange for a feeling of raw, woody power and single coil superiority while conversing with decisive clarity. The reddish-brown hue of the exotic Madagascar rosewood fingerboard blends perfectly with the New Fiesta Red finish. Atop a maple neck, it adds characteristic rosewood sparkle to the upper register while simultaneously expanding the lower notes. As with all Andersons, technique and finesse are fully maximized with perfectly sculpted and fretted necks. Jeff and Brian chose a +.050 T/A Standard neck backshape with a 1 5/8th-inch nut width for the best feeling medium-depth neck you have ever wrapped your hands around. The theme is extended by means of a Mint White pickguard loaded with Anderson-built VA1, VA1R and VA2 single coil pickups. Revved up through your favorite amp, earthshaking vintage tones you once only dared dreamed about are now a reality.

For the last 3 years Ford and Harley Davidson have joined forces to create the Ford Harley Davidson F-150 truck—two American icons together. Who knows, perhaps next year you’ll be driving to the gig in a Tom Anderson Ford Cobra.


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Fiesta Red—New

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Vintage Tinted Natural

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.050 T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Mint White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 7 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped



• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Brook Mays Pro Shop/Dallas, Texas

• 07-18-02A

The Classic
Fiesta Red--New

The Classic
Fiesta Red--New

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