Visitation! The word conjures up many different meanings. To some it means being visited by an unexplained presence, usually taking on human form—an apparition perhaps. Quite often an event of this nature takes place at night and in a contained space such as a building. This can lead to rumors of the building being haunted but some wonder if it is actually the structure that is occupied or the participants themselves? We had an event of a somewhat similar nature occur last week. See what you make of this—and don't forget to click the hyperlinks within the text.
We arrived at the factory before daylight Wednesday morning. All was quiet. Only the sound of a cricket broke the silence of the early morning darkness. Tom unlocked the door and we followed him into the dimly lit building. He reached for the light switch and flicked it on but nothing happened. Just then there was a gust of cold air as a figure moved through the darkness. Ralph dove for the emergency light switch. With a pronounced “click” the room was flooded with light. We scanned the room. At first nothing looked out of place. Charles was the first to spot something lurking toward the back of the room. Jesse screamed! Dave called out in a horrified voice, “What is that!” It was hard to tell with its face hidden. “I think it’s a phantom,” Laurie yelled, “duck!” Still clutching the Cobra, it swooped across our path while making some sort of nefarious gesture with its tongue.
Tom, always the quick thinker, began to speak softly and smoothly. “Look deeply into the Hollow Cobra’s Translucent Amber to Cherry Burst finish, deeper, deeper still. Notice the stunning quilted maple top as it speaks to you of all things beautiful. This is the first time you have ever seen this shade on an Anderson. The backing wood of the body is of the highest quality medium-to-light weight mahogany found anywhere in the world. It is also bursted with the same beautiful Trans Amber to Cherry finish.” It was beginning to work. The creature seemed to be calming down as if transfixed and relaxed by the majesty of the Cobra itself.
Tom continued in a soothing tone, “The medium-depth Cobra Standard neck is sleek and lighting fast to play while the HO series humbucking pickups produce a wonderfully clear and rich vintage-style resonance that allows your amp to breathe with life giving tone.” We could here the monster sigh with contentment. And then the strangest thing of all began to happen. The beast transformed right before our very eyes into Erik (with a k) from the world famous Gelb music. Happy to see our friend we joyfully greeted him and offered him some tea. It seems as though he had come down for a visit and to pickup this incredible Cobra for Gelb Music. Perhaps we all overreacted just a bit?
Editors Note: Erik’s personal guitar has been featured in a past Guitar of the Week along with his cohorts at Gelb Music, Ed and Keith. Here is a look back.
MODEL: – Hollow Cobra
FINISH: – Translucent Amber to Cherry Burst with Binding
BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with a Mahogany Back
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple with African Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard
NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch
SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Fixed
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – n/a
NECK PICKUP: – HO1-
MIDDLE PICKUP: –
BRIDGE PICKUP: – HO1+
SWITCHING: – 5 Way Cobra for 6 sounds
PICKUP COVERS: – n/a
PICKUP RINGS: – Cream
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music/Redwood City, CA