Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of October, 27 2003 through November, 3 2003

Hollow Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Arctic Blue

What’s with all the pointy hats and noisemakers?

They’re partying in the streets of Memphis tonight and it’s a celebration of monumental proportions! Many thought it might even be the “Memphis in May International Festival” beginning early—but October seems just a little extreme. There is no denying that something remarkable is going on however and it appears to be centered around Martin Music. Hordes of excellent guitar players are crowding in and pressing their faces against the large front window as their torches cast a warm glow along the street.

Trying unsuccessfully to contain his gleeful enthusiasm, Eric Martin stepped to the door of his shop and announced, “Memphis is arguably the ultimate music city, home of the blues and host to some of the most influential artists of all time.” Memphis should have everything!” Cheers and applause were the response from the crowd. He went on, “Something very special has now arrived in Memphis.”
“What is it?” someone yelled from the crowd, “another Giant Panda Bear?”
“No, this is a music store, the zoo is a few blocks from here.”
“Oh, yea. Sorry!”
“That’s okay, now as I was saying, we have just received something that we at Martin Music are all intensely excited about. In fact Zack hasn’t been able to sleep for the last two weeks with anticipation. It is something that should enable Memphis, even more effortlessly, to continue to share its music with the world!” You could feel the electricity in the air and as he uttered those fateful words, “The first Tom Anderson Guitar is here!” The crowd went absolutely crazy. Visibly moved, Eric wiped a tear and stepped back from the microphone as the crowd continued to uproariously demonstrate its approval.

Adam jumped in, “The first Anderson to arrive is their now-legendary Hollow Drop Top Classic. Zack, Eric and I selected a Flame Maple top to ignite its Arctic Blue finish. We personally love this color because of how uniquely and varied it shows itself on each individual piece of wood.” Zack added, “If you look deeply and closely into the finish, it is as if you have entered a stunning three-dimensional world of grayish-blue wood grain set aglow by gradations of fiery highlights.”

The multitude gasped in unison as Eric took over once again, “Desiring a familiar single-coil-enhancing, humbucker-friendly vintage tonality from this breath-taking, classically-styled instrument, we opted for an alder back to deliver the traditional timbre. And we are very pleased with how Anderson’s visually undetectable hollow sound chambers relax the maple top’s fundamental sonic contribution—allowing it to breathe easy. But nothing, and I mean nothing, can adequately prepare you for your first test-run along the length of this Hollow Drop Top Classic’s sleek T/A Standard neck. Fingers easily float at speed across the supremely sculpted Indian Rosewood Fingerboard, outfitted with Anderson’s exclusive Stainless Steel Frets—bending and vibrato are elevated to a whole new level of performance and comfort.”

Now unable to control his exuberance any longer, David jumped in, “We asked Anderson to equip and intonate this beauty, at the factory, with Elixir .009-. 042 gauge strings for that “super slinky” feel and tone—and man is it liquid fast—and in tune! But a quick change to .010s, or even .011s for that matter, will significantly boost its under-finger stability and tonal girth for those whose personal playing style is geared more in this direction.”

Good-naturedly wrestling the microphone away from David, Eric could not wait to share the benefits of the Switcheroo switching system and its impressive ability to extract an almost infinite variety of usable tonal options from the hum-canceling complement of the Anderson-built SA1R, SA1 and H2+ pickups.

The throngs that now stood before the store had been whipped into a virtual Anderson musical frenzy. The sheer mass of the assembly was getting a little unnerving as they begin chanting, “Drop Top, Drop Top, Drop Top.”

Eric, always a quick thinker, suggested a trip to the zoo might be in order to see how the new Giant Panda is doing.


• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic

• FINISH: – Arctic Blue with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Alder Back


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White




• SWITCHING: – Switcheroo—for almost infinite sonic combinations



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042 Elixir Nanoweb

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Martin Music/Cordova, Tennessee

• 10-18-03A

Hollow Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Arctic Blue

Hollow Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Arctic Blue

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