Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of November, 8 2004 through November, 14 2004

Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Nearly Natural Red

Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Nearly Natural Red

Amid a flurry of friendly controversy yet another Nearly Natural shade takes center stage. This time it is Nearly Natural Red.

The Auto Show is where automobile manufactures show their line of cars for the upcoming model year. But there is always one vehicle so outrageous and so beyond what anyone has seen that it grabs everyone’s attention and won’t let them go—the one you have to see for yourself—the showstopper. It is a concept car and one day this vehicle, that has pushed the envelope of convention, may become a mainstream mode of transportation or it may remain as something so unique that only Arnold Schwarzeneggar will get to drive one.

And so the debate continues, “What is Nearly Natural Red and where is its place?” Does it belong as your mainstay Anderson guitar—the one that you use to jam every song of the night? It is certainly more than sonically and playably qualified to do just that, with its standard superior Anderson attributes. Or, should it be reserved as your very special and scandalous instrument that you surreptitiously strap on when you return to the darkened stage for your encore, and as the spotlights re-illuminate the arena, guitar envy abounds as you blow down the walls? In the end, it can only be you who will decide.

There are two music stores from which the Nearly Natural phenomenon has arisen—MAE in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Richmond Music Center in Richmond, Virginia. It is there that a Nearly Natural Finish of some variety can sometimes be found. In fact, MAE may have a Nearly Natural Arctic Blue, Drop Top sequestered in their back room right now.

When this Nearly Natural Red, Drop Top Classic arrived at Richmond Music Center, their very knowledgeable Dave Thomas was overcome with an unexplainable craving for one of those ubiquitous red & white mint candies (you know the ones) as he lifted the lid to get his first look. But, being wise in the ways of guitars, he quickly realized the powerful effect this new Nearly Natural Red, “Andy” was having on him, and crawled to the phone.

When Dan arrived at Richmond Music, Dave handed him a red & white mint. “Do you like these?” he asked. “Of course I do, doesn’t everyone?” Dan replied. “How about a really big one?” Dave continued. “Sure,” was Dan’s intrigued response—for Dan has known Dave long enough to perceive that something was up—something in a cool guitar sort of way.

Fortunately, when Dave lifted the lid of the case for Dan to get his first look, Mike and Kip were standing right behind him. As he went down they were easily able to catch him—fainted dead away. When they revived him by using mint candies as smelling salts, he had to admit he had never seen anything to parallel this unique axe.

With a clear head once again, they posed the burning question to this experienced gigging musician, “Is this an instrument that you would love to play all night long or is this something you would only dare unleash when asked to take the stage alongside Eric Clapton and his new wildly painted guitars?”

As Dan walked out the door of Richmond Music Center with this Nearly Natural Red, Drop Top Classic under his arm, that he had already dubbed, “Candy,” he headed for his next gig where he made his opinion on the matter abundantly clear.

All night long!


• MODEL: – Drop Top Classic

• FINISH: – Nearly Natural Red with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Alder Back


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with VA Booster and Add-Bridge Switch—for 14 sonic combinations

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped


• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Richmond Music/Richmond, Virginia

• 10-06-04P

Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Nearly Natural Red

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