We will try and make this description short and sweet so we can get to some super-size pictures of this new and most magnificent Anderson, found in the hyperlink pictures. (If you can wait no longer, simply scroll up to the thumbnail pictures and click away.)
CT is an acronym that stands for Carved Top. Yes, this brand new Atom features a gorgeous carved top design and with it all the sonic attributes that accompany such an instrument—with flawless Anderson implementation of course.
So what this means (and I mean it when I say this—well, it is so obvious that somebody has to say it, so it might as well be me):
Never before has there been an instrument of this traditional design that is this astoundingly good…Ever!...Anywhere!...at any time.
Okay, so you pried it out of me. Now you know.
And just to make matters clear, what exactly is this traditional design to which I am referring? Simply put, it is this:
• 24 ¾-inch scale length (string length)
• Mahogany body and neck back
• Carved Maple Topped body
• Rosewood fingerboard
• Twin pickup layout
• Tilt-back neck-to-body geometry
• Top-mounted bridge
Simple and familiar!
So what is it like to play?
To best illustrate, here is a brief description and simile written in the first person. To get the full effect, feel free to become the “I”:
Pick it up, feel it, nice…not boat-anchor heavy but very reasonable. I think I could play this all night with no issues—other than love of an inanimate object. Set it on my lap to play, it is happy to be there and stays put—doesn’t want to slide to the floor—good stuff. No sharp edges anywhere to poke me in the arm or ribs—so comfy.
Of course it has buttered-lightening playability, as does every Anderson, coaxes me to play all my best riffs with least effort and greater fluidly. It has already become my best new/old friend.
But one strum of a G chord reveals it all.
Oh, my gosh!!!!!
The first thing that hits me is that I have never played a guitar with this layout that sings this in tune…EVER! There is nothing—no dissonance—disrupting sonic forward motion—everything feels as if it is resounding together in one harmonious movement. I never even thought to think about this aspect before I hit that first chord, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. It is as though I have command of so much more sound; it thrills me and makes me giddy—giant tone all going one direction—huge and musical. Never has there been anything like this!
Tradition has been like dropping a 2 by 4 plank out the first floor window to have it hit the cement below with a “flack,” while the Atom Carved Top (CT) resembles dropping a grand piano from the second story window, it lands with a huge “jonggggggggg,” ringing perfectly in tune and resonating almost endlessly.
HC pickups—what are they?
Well, they are the new Anderson covered humbuckers. Mounted in the neck and bridge positions and listening carefully to Atom CT’s intrinsically huge essence, they send out focused, vintage tone with a new/old, sweet, rich musical vintage character. I know that was a lot of adjectives used in just one sentence to describe HC’s there-is-nothing-better-than-this, tone.
HC1- occupies the neck position in order to offer up gorgeous, throaty, not muddy, lushness. A perfect counter balance in the bridge position can be found with either the clarity and true vintage output of the HC1+ or opt for the HC2 if slightly more saturation and richness is your request.
• MODEL: – Atom CT
• FINISH: – Tobacco Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Flame Eastern Soft Maple Carved Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: –Mahogany Back with Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Matching Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 60’s Vibe
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Tuneomatic—lightweight
• TAILPIECE: – Stop Tailpiece—lightweight
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – HC1-
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – HC1+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 6 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• SWITCH TIP: – Cream
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Wildwood Guitars/Louisville, Colorado