Pete Anderson is the superlative guitar player/producer best know for his work with Dwight Yoakam. As a matter of fact they are out on the road right now doing their part to lift the spirits of America. Many regard Pete as a guitar hero. We do too but we also think of him as a bit confused (in a nice way). Apparently, he still imagines that we are writing his last name on the headstock of his guitars and he believes himself to be Tom’s big brother. We don’t know how to tell him that he is not. So we just play along with him because it seems to make him so happy. On the other hand he is obviously very brilliant and does recognize the superior tone and playability that his Anderson guitars give him.
He actually owns quite a few. Check this out and then come back and we’ll tell you more: The Pete Anderson/ Tom Anderson collection.
Interesting? Well the saga continues. Pete called a few months ago, saying that the band was now using in-ear monitors. He could now hear the on-stage mix and his guitar sound clearly and with good separation. So, once again, he wanted the richer overtones and slightly softer attack of the hollow-chambered body for his “number one” guitar—the Translucent White, Hollow T Classic with the single/single/single-T pickup configuration and vintage tremolo (you know, the “Pete Anderson Model”). So we built him a new ash topped/alder backed Hollow T Classic body and painted it Translucent White. When Pete had a short break in the tour, he sent his guitar over and we rebuilt “#1”. We also swapped out bridges, loading it with our new Fishman-built vintage tremolo—the tone is so outstanding. The pictures show Bruce, our mod-guy, doing the rebuild and Tom doing the final test play—and his shoes.
Pete was ecstatic to get his guitar back and called from their next stop to say that the guitar was perfect. He exclaimed, “I’m back on the road with my new, lighter, improved, air cooled beast! I love it! One question though, why does it say ‘Tom’ on the headstock?” I tried to explain as best I could but he just replied, “My first name is Pete, isn’t it?” I told him that we must have misspelled it. He seemed happy. And if he’s happy, we’re happy. He is such an enjoyable person. We have a lot of fun together. And that’s the way the world is supposed to be.
Top Secret: There are two more Pete-guitars in the works right now. We told him we lost our can of white spray paint so he opted for a Hollow T Classic painted Black with binding and a Lake Placid Blue that he later changed to Ruby Slippers. We’ll keep you posted as these come to fruition.
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And that’s the way the world is supposed to be!