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Tom with our offering to Keith
Markus and the guys of Gelb Music
Eternal life; humankind has yearned for it since, at least, the beginning of recorded history. This desire to continue has motivated much of human action as well as the tales told of past history and future hopes. One only needs to look at the monumental structures of the pyramids, delve into mythology or read any religious texts to find the connection.
Life and death have always been thought of as opposites—although they are not. The opposite of death is birth. The life force is eternal and evidence of this is clear just by looking at nature. Nothing in our physical world can be destroyed—it can only change form. One of the first rules of matter is that it cannot be destroyed only changed—and energy is the same, never destroyed, it merely transforms. Clear down to the subatomic level, every atom is recycled.
(And speaking of atoms, every guitar player needs one…an Atom CT, I mean…have you played one yet? So astounding…but that is a whole other story for another time soon.)
Back to this one:
It stands to reason that we would not be the only exception to this process. We are eternal—you know it also, because you can feel it to be so.
This Guitar of the Week speaks to the eternity that we all feel to be the foundation behind our physical world. A beautiful Pro Am, ordered by Markus. He selected to have it finished in Transparent Red to Dark Red Burst. But as you have already noticed, there is something different—an inscription behind the bridge that sets this guitar apart and makes it more unique than an Anderson already is. The inscription reads: In Memory of Keith “Ketman” Shirasawa.
The inscription was lovingly painted and donated by our good friend Dan Lawrence of DRL Graphics. This speaks to the character of Dan and his work. He is the artist responsible for all of our graphic works we have shown over the years.
Markus wanted a special instrument to honor the man that was Keith Shirasawa—a truly magnificent person who was one of the positive aspects of Gelb Music in the Bay Area of California—a supreme store to be sure.
Guitar of the Week for August 19, 2007, will give you the background and allow you to meet Keith.
Markus, a Gelb Music customer and Anderson Guitar lover, like the rest of us, was very positively influenced by knowing Keith and wanted an Anderson to be created in his honor. Without hesitation, we all agreed and this Pro Am was born.
Ah yes, although our physical form can be fragile and its momentary manifestation fleeting, it is evident that life and the energy that makes each and every one of us special is infinite, ineffable and unable to be touched by anything but love and life in its fullest forms.
We have always had that which we have yearned for the most.
• MODEL: – Pro Am
• FINISH: – Customer Graphics on Trans Red to Dark Red Burst—inscription: In Memory of Keith…
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Black
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 Even Taper (T/A Standard)
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch with R2 Locking Nut
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Sunken Floyd Rose
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Black
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – SA2R
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA2
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – HN3+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – Black
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music/Redwood City, California