Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of October, 4 2004 through October, 11 2004

Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder Back
Nearly Natural Arctic Blue

The Anderson intercom crackled to life once again and Rachel’s voice could be heard throughout the expanse of the Anderson Guitarworks complex for a second time, “Dreaded Keeper, you have a phone call from Tommy at Music Arts Enterprises in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on line 9.”

Well, this sounds just like where we left off three weeks ago with the saga of the Nearly Natural Coral, Hollow Drop Top Classic—and it is. But Tommy was beside himself and needed to speak with Chuck—the Dreaded Keeper of the Stone—the head of Finishing at Anderson Guitarworks—right away.

You see, Tommy is just one of those guys we read about in magazines or see on TV who leaves us in awe—for Tommy is a risk taker! And it was very risky indeed to envision and then order a never-before-seen Natural and Coral colored, Hollow Drop Top Classic. But it gets even wilder than that! What are the chances that, while Tommy was busy in Florida envisioning and wishing for something different in guitar finishes, synchronistically on the other side of the North American continent, Chuck, at Anderson Guitars, was developing his top secret and highly controversial Nearly Natural finishing techniques? Coincidence? I don’t think so!

But risk takers like Tommy walk that fine line between thrill and all out danger—and now Tommy is in grave danger for the Nearly Natural Coral, Hollow Drop Top Classic has disappeared. In fact, within only six hours of its arrival at Music Arts Enterprises, it was gone. Three guitar players had seen it, three guitar players had wanted it and all were coming back the next day to get it. Well, you can certainly imagine the delight of the first to return and exit the store with this Anderson “concept instrument” under his arm. But what of the other two who, upon their return, were informed that the guitar that had shaken their world, the instrument they had dreamed about playing all night long, was already gone. The depth of their disappointment was almost unfathomable and they chased Tommy throughout the store ranting something about Anderson guitars being the only guitars they will ever play! Who could blame them? Anyway, Tommy narrowly made his escape by sequestering himself under a pile of Monster Cables. But he knows this is not over. They’ll be back!

Responding to Tommy’s desperate plea for help, Chuck boarded the first plane out and headed for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tommy had another magnificent manifestation of nature in mind on which to base the next offering of Nearly Natural. He could also not help but hope it would restore joy to the customers of MAE and return him to a place of healthy Anderson thrills instead of outright guitar danger.

When Chuck saw it, he could not believe his eyes. Undoubtedly, it had been blown off course. But being a man of great courage himself, he was not dissuaded in the least. Donning his fins, mask and snorkel, he took the plunge to get a closer look.

Once again, emerging from the Atlantic Ocean a changed man, he went right to work bringing into physical form Tommy’s desire for a Nearly Natural Arctic Blue, Drop Top—hoping to ease the tension created when the Coral guitar went missing.

This one is a Drop Top with an Arctic Blue, Alder back. As such, it speaks with a beautiful voice of abundant vintage flavors, supporting the lower-mids of single coil and humbucker pickups alike, while always remaining audible in a band situation as it clearly defines itself with sweet upper midrange clarity. This guitar leaves you longing for nothing other than to pick it up and play it again.

But one look at this magnificent instrument and you just know there is more trouble ahead for Tommy—after all, he is a risk taker!


• MODEL: – Drop Top

• FINISH: – Nearly Natural Arctic Blue with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Alder Back


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Arctic Blue


• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking






• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Splitter & Add-Bridge Switch—for 14 sonic combinations



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir Nanoweb

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Music Arts Enterprises/Fort Lauderdale, Florida

• 09-09-04A

Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder Back
Nearly Natural Arctic Blue

Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder Back
Nearly Natural Arctic Blue

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