It is a rare treat (or trick) when a Friday the 13th occurs in October accompanied by a full moon to light the night sky. What could be more perfect for the month that culminates with All Hallows Eve festivities? Fall is in the air and October is the gateway to enjoyable end-of-the-year celebrations. To further perpetuate this joyful ambience we will be celebrating with you this week by bring you what is known throughout the musical community as the “Anderson Fall Guitar of the Week Round Up, Guitar Fest, Pizza Party and Guitar Viewing Wing-Ding.” I told Tom the name of this annual celebration was too long but he really likes it. So, go grab a piece of pizza and join us.
Let’s play “Truth or Dare,” shall we? Okay, we’ll go first. Truth! There is really no such thing as Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula or “Guitar of the Week” here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks. “Guitar of the Day” is closer to reality. No scratch that too. “Guitar of the Moment” best describes the real situation. Don’t believe us? Think we may be exaggerating just a bit? Okay, we’ll prove it. Just take a look at what has been hanging around here while we’ve been trying to choose only one “Guitar of the Week” each week.
First up is a Translucent Yellow Cobra loaded with our own cream covered P1, P1 and P3 Soapbar pickups. Look at this thing! And it is not just pretty! It plays effortlessly and produces a total of 7 lush sonic offerings—all rich, powerful and clear—the fattest single coil tones ever heard. They are the sonic missing link between traditional single coils and full humbucking pickups. This much tonal variety is almost unheard of from a P-90 equipped guitar.
This guitar was turning heads even before it left here. We were privileged to have a visiting dignitary from a large music store touring the factory. At the end of the tour I snapped open the latches on a few cases. When I opened the lid to reveal the T-Yellow Cobra, he went crazy. He knew that this one had already been promised to Eric and Gary at Guitar Czar in Salt Lake City, UT. He immediately ordered one for himself all the while jumping around and exclaiming, “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe this! Oh man, these are the best guitars in the world!” This kind of enthusiasm went on for at least 20 minutes. We don’t want to sound snooty but we do want to give you the full flavor of that moment and this guitar.
Next up is The Classic. In the midst of all of these gorgeous maple tops and figured wood that adorns these pages, this guitar is humbly painted a solid color, Candy Apple Red. Why? Allow us to elaborate. Vintage guitars of this style from the 50's and 60’s were made with solid ash or alder bodies. As with all woods, these produce a unique sound. Alder offers the fatter tone of the two. It is a wonderful tone. But the wood itself has little to no pronounced grain pattern and does not lend itself to spectacular see-through paint jobs. This is no matter for the player who is seeking a pure vintage tone. Pick it up, strap it on, plug it in and begin to play. It will all become crystal clear. This is the best sounding and best playing vintage-style guitar on the planet—Period!!! The tone generated from its lightweight alder body, maple/rosewood neck and Anderson made vintage pickups will leave no doubt. It will be Scott who can verify that I speak the truth as this modern Classic is now on it way to him at Music Xchange in Tallahassee, FL.
I lifted the Translucent White, Hollow T Classic from its case to give it its final play before it would make its way to Canada. One swipe of my right hand across the strings and I knew that this was a guitar insisting to be Guitar of the Week—and when I say insisting, I mean insisting! The richness of the unplugged tone and volume that filled the room even surprised me—and I’m pretty use to this by now. It was as acoustically loud an electric guitar as I have ever heard. To further intensify the situation this wonderful instrument is equipped with a vintage tremolo bridge and 3 single coil-sized pickups for a total of 14 earth shaking single coil tones. What more could you want from this style of guitar? By opting for no body contours, this traditionally styled guitar’s heritage remains in tact. A touch of elegance is added by the inclusion of natural wood binding outlining the body’s front perimeter. The finishing touch, a set of Elixir .011 gauge strings. Canada will never be the same!
The last guitar to appear on our “Anderson Fall Guitar of the Week Round Up, Guitar Fest, Pizza Party and Guitar Viewing Wing-Ding” tour is this jaw dropping Tortoise, Drop Top. It is a Drop Top of this color that is displayed on the cover of our last year’s catalog. Everyone seems to love this shade. I wanted to get a better picture of Tortoise for our web site’s Guitar Gallery. I removed it from its case and took its picture. Now that our work was done, of course I had to play it before returning it to its case. Wow! The first thing I could hear was the richness that the lightweight alder back brings to the already wonderful Drop Top. It is amazing how much more beautiful a guitar becomes when you realize that it possesses the tone of the gods. It was at that moment that I realized a Drop Top’s role in the world is to offer players uncompromisingly beautiful guitars that surprisingly gush with gorgeous tone and amazingly sonic flexibility. I dreamt of that guitar for many days to come. Kip, Tommy and Dave at Richmond Music in Richmond, VA won’t have to dream of this one because they have it in their store right now. But I know just how they’ll feel when someone takes it home.
MODEL: – Cobra
FINISH: – Translucent Yellow with Binding
BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with 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 3/4th-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – n/a
NECK PICKUP: – P1
MIDDLE PICKUP: – P1
BRIDGE PICKUP: – P3
SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull
PICKUP COVERS: – Cream
PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010 to .046