Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of September, 2 2002 through September, 9 2002

Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder
Deep Tobacco Fade with Binding

As the Four Tops put it so poetically:

Standing in the shadows of love
I'm getting ready for the heartaches to come
Standing in the shadows of love
I'm just waitin' for the heartaches to come

An ominous self prediction to be sure but standing in the shadows doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact many who have lived in the shadow of greatness have risen to prominence themselves. Take Plato, as he wrote down everything Socrates said or Beethoven as a child meeting with Mozart or perhaps Deep Tobacco Fade and its predecessor Tobacco Fade, overshadowed by Transparent Yellow—literally.

You see, once there was a day when the earth was new (or at least a little newer than it is now) and the birds were singing for they were happy with the new Transparent Yellow finish that Tom Anderson Guitarworks had applied to a beautiful Cobra S. So beautiful it was, in fact, that the catalog people wanted it included in the latest Anderson periodical of the day. To capture its true magnificence, the photographer decided a gorgeous, center-lit rendition of this Transparent Yellow, Cobra S should appear within the pages.

HOLD IT RIGHT THERE: Take a look at the border picture located in the upper left hand corner of this Guitar of the Week page. There it is; the very picture we are now discussing.

The lighting technique had granted to the Transparent Yellow a majestic aura by casting a shadow on the perimeter of the instrument. For almost any object, this would be a welcome effect to create a warm ambiance. But unique to the world of guitars is the coveted “Burst Finish.” Standing Transparent Yellow in the shadows, created a whole new appearance.

We began to receive calls asking the name of the color appearing in the picture. The task was then set before our Finishing Department: Can you create a new shade that will replicate the shadowing effect appearing in the picture of the Cobra S? They went to work and found that by lightly dusting the edge of T-Yellow with a faded version of the tobacco color found at the outer limits of our traditional Tobacco Burst, a new color was born—Tobacco Fade.

Tobacco Fade is an astounding color steeped in traditional which bestows upon the underlying maple a subtle grace that has become the favorite of many players, including Tom. We will delve further into that which is Tobacco Fade in subsequent Guitar of the Week adventures.

Evolution is a flow that will not be denied and from the shadows of Tobacco Fade emerged a bold newcomer—Deep Tobacco Fade! Subtle nuances denied, it announces itself with a visually powerful statement while often times demonstrating a varying holographic quality that can be detected as reflected light arrives to your eye from changing angles.

See, standing in the shadows of love, or whatever, does not always foretell of heartache. It is all in how you view it—always has been.


• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top

• FINISH: – Deep Tobacco Fade with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Alder Back


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Fishman Powerbridge for Plugged-In Acoustic Guitar Sound

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – n/a




• SWITCHING: – Switcheroo—for an uncountable amount of sonic combinations



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.046 Elixir Nanoweb

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Gelb Music/Redwood City, California

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Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder
Deep Tobacco Fade with Binding

Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder
Deep Tobacco Fade with Binding

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