Who could have known that a Crowdster Acoustic with a mysteriously unknown finish would cause such a stir?
As the limo’s door swung open, we stepped out amid flashing lights and reporters wanting to know what is coming next from Anderson Guitarworks. Tom just smiled and responded by saying, “Good things we think. We will let you know very soon but tonight is about a Cajun Red Burst, Crowdster and honoring a person of incredible insight.” We made our way down the ceremonial red carpet runway and into the auditorium. To our surprise this had become quite an elaborate event for the entire music industry.
To be sure, the black and white picture from last week’s Guitar of the Week was intriguing and yet clearly deceptive. As a matter of fact, even Jesse’s guess was Cajun Magenta Burst—and he was there when we took the picture. He claims he was a little distracted because, for some unknown reason, his name did not appear on the ballot in California’s most recent gubernatorial recall election. So as a state, we really didn’t have the choice of a humorous, intelligent, highly skilled luthier and excellent guitar player for governor. But I’m sure Arnold will be cool too.
But now was the moment all had been waiting for. As our names were called, we rose from our seats and took the stage. Charles, the master of ceremonies, grasped the Cajun Red Burst, Crowdster Acoustic firmly and thrust it over his head. The room was instantly filled with the sound of uproarious cheers. It was time to present the award.
We encircled the podium and Tom stepped forward to the microphone. “We are gathered here tonight to present to you the world’s first Cajun Red Burst, Crowdster Acoustic!” The crowd went wild. In response, Charles strummed a few chords that lavishly reverberated throughout the hall. When the applause finally died down, Tom continued, “And more importantly, to honor not one but three astounding guitar players of extreme insight who possess impressively high levels of pigment prognostication prowess. For they were the first to identify the telltale clues hidden among the black and gray hues of last week’s Guitar of the Week. They have earned the admiration of us all. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you whose participation made this an event to remember. Some of your guesses suggested beautiful and interesting color options that we are looking forward to trying in the future. Amazingly, several of you did correctly guess that it was Cajun Red Burst which highlighted the anonymous Crowdster. So, we have decided to pay tribute to the first three individuals that returned the proper verdict. Now, without further adieu, may I have the envelope please?” Laurie handed the officially sealed envelope to Bruce, he passed it over to Eric who sent it on to Dave. Dave popped open the seal and gave it to Tom.
He read aloud, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers…” “Oops, wrong speech,” Laurie exclaimed and extracted another secured document and passed it via the same route to Tom.
Over the sound of a traditional drum roll, he began again, “The second runner up in the first Anderson Guitarworks ‘What Color Is This Anyway’ contest is: Barry G! Nice job Barry.”
“Congratulations go to Drew Bybee as the first runner up. Way to go Drew!”
“And the winner is: Tim Dixon!”
The arena exploded with applause. “Thanks and congratulation to you from all of us an Anderson Guitarworks. You have each won a highly coveted Anderson Guitar Strap. We will be contacting you gentleman.”
“And now for our surprise Grand Prizewinner! Camillo, come join us on stage. Camillo is the winner of this brand new Cajun Red Burst, Crowdster Acoustic Guitar! We know what you are asking yourself, ‘What did Camillo do to win this lavish instrument and how do I win one?’ Certainly a good question. Camillo is a Worship Leader who had the opportunity to hear a Crowdster Acoustic Guitar perform live in the hands of David Crowder. Apparently, Camillo was moved enough to contact Chris at Mass Street Music in Lawrence Kansas and order one. With the choice of an alder back, which we will go into at a later date, the progressively striking Cajun Red Burst finish and a reasonable monitory exchange (Camillo bought it), Chris felt privileged to provide Camillo this spectacular axe.
The evening ended with the usual lavish after-hours parties in which the Anderson band played—leaving no doubt of the Crowdster Acoustic’s undeniable and unparalleled performance capabilities. You know, Camillo can really tear it up!
• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic
• FINISH: – Cajun Red Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.73-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKUP: – Anderson EQed LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Elixir Acoustic Guitar
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Mass Street Music/Lawrence, Kansas