Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of October, 11 2004 through October, 18 2004

Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Mahogany
Jack's Pacific Blue

The gifts that we give are directly related to the abundance that surrounds us. It is as if when we give to others we are opening the gates of our lives and allowing prosperity to flow in. Giving does not have to merely take the form of material objects but can be life changing when it comes as a kind word of support and understanding, a greeting, just a smile or even a silent blessing. All these things set into motion the conditions required for a positive experience.

It is important to show love to those who love us—but that is a relatively easy thing to do. What of those who don’t offer love, feel they have nothing to give or just cannot express themselves comfortably? They are the ones most in need and yet they block that which could fill them.

But what should we be expected to do about that? It is difficult with one who turns a cold shoulder. Can we hold out our hand to another anyway and offer a gift? Will we do it because it is right and for no other reason? The benefits can be as great as a life transformed before our eyes—and not just the other person’s but our own as well. In the end, an equal benefit will be the outcome; of this we can be sure.

At least that is what Captain Jack believed as he stood on the deck of his submarine, The Sea Wolf III. He and his crew had seen more than their share of fierce fighting. But now the war was over and as he looked out over the calm surface of the Pacific Ocean, in the silence he could feel the peace that the beautiful blue waters imparted—a peace that had always existed since the beginning of time. It called to him once again to join.

It came to him in that instant. Music was the answer for Jack. Music communicates beyond all barriers and beyond all boundaries for it can touch the soul with something beyond even words. From his new home at Magdon Music in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, he became a driving force for bringing musicians the best musical gear available, allowing their inner most feelings to be easily expressed. And to be a Tom Anderson Guitarworks authorized dealer and able to offer Anderson Guitars to the world seemed to Jack to bring his dream to full fruition.

What more could he want or need? He had arrived. But there is always more and now he wanted to be able to give something extraordinary back to those who know of Magdon Music.

A guitar! Not just any guitar, however, but an Anderson Guitar. And not just any Anderson Guitar, but something very special. He had never forgotten that day on the Pacific Ocean and what that distinctive shade of beautiful blue had meant. Jack is also quite a luthier of merit himself, and asking if he could supply Anderson with a special color for a guitar, went right to work mixing this exceptional shade for his next Hollow Drop Top—known affectionately from this day forth as Jack’s Pacific Blue.

That was only the beginning. Jack’s vast experience also suggested to him that a natural Mahogany wood body back would be a striking complement and contrast well with the new blue adorning the Quilted Maple top. He also knew that the mahogany would lend sonic support by offering its strong and focused midrange signature to all it surveys.

Streaking along the beautiful Indian Rosewood fretboard is an exciting adventure all its own, as the perfectly-dressed Stainless Steel frets and sleek mid-depth, +.030 T/A Standard neck back shape invites you to play all day long. SA1R and SA1 pickups perform hum-canceling single coil duties while the musical presence of the H2 humbucker in the bridge position brings its medium-output, focused musical bandwidth to the forefront of any band situation.

Or at least that is how the story was told to me. Perhaps I should have just said: Jack really liked this shade of blue and sent it over for us to try. Either way, it is beauty that cannot be denied.


• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top

• FINISH: – Jack’s Blue with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 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 Add-Bridge Push/Pull and Master Splitter Switches—for 14 sonic combinations



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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Magdon Music, Olyphant, Pennsylvania

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Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Mahogany
Jack's Pacific Blue

Hollow Drop Top
Maple Top on Mahogany
Jack's Pacific Blue

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