Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of November, 14 2004 through November, 15 2004

The Classic
Transparent Red to Dark Red Burst

When Chuck, the Dreaded Keeper of the Stone (the illustrious painter of Anderson Guitars), enters a room you might expect him to approvingly announce his opinion as to which guitar should be showcased for Guitar of the Week. He is passionate about his work. It is his way.

And sometime later when Eric, Master of Pickupworks and Electronics, passes through Guitar Assembly Area 51 and independently points out (several times we might add) that the very same guitar should be Guitar of the Week, things start to get interesting—perhaps hinting that a bit of synchronicity may be at hand.

But when Rachel, who circumnavigates the entire Anderson complex taking care of business everyday in every way, is stopped dead in her tracks by this aforementioned guitar, points and states for the official record, “That should be Guitar of the Week, I love it!” you really began to suspect that this instrument or its color or both possess some kind of vital musical energy.

Of course, there is no denying the ultimate allure of an M-Series, Classic. If you are not yet crystal clear on this matter of M-Series instruments, an M-Series, Classic is simply a Classic loaded with a balanced set of Anderson’s new and unparalleled M-Series pickups. They were created for every player who has ever wanted gorgeous, full-bodied single coil tones but has struggled, at one time or another, with real vintage coils, or their counterparts, being able to deliver upon their promise of single-coil supremacy. Ms do not disappoint! You have to try these pickups if you have ever dreamed of ruling the single coil world. They will hand it to you on a silver platter.

But, everyone knows about all that Anderson sonic-superiority stuff. It is certainly common knowledge to every self-respecting guitar player, so I decided Guitar of the Week should discuss the merits of selecting window coverings on the weekend with your significant other. To compose such lofty prose, I locked myself in the Anderson tower and began to write by candlelight. The night wore on.

All of a sudden, from below I could hear the thunderous echoing of the giant metal ring doorknockers and the sound of an angry mob outside. They had found me! Looking from the window, torchlight illuminated the grounds around the tower as a battering ram slammed into the front door. Something was wrong and they were coming. My hiding place was no longer secret.

With the sound of splintering wood, Rachel, Chuck and Eric burst through the door. Apparently, they were really seriously about the Transparent Red to Dark Red Burst, Classic becoming Guitar of the Week and there was no convincing them otherwise.

Rachel explained that this was the first time Transparent Red had ever been bursted to the body’s perimeter via a deeper, darker Red, and it was lovely! Plus, this specific color treatment has never been seen on any Anderson before.

Chuck reinforced her position by pointing out how tastefully the use of Gold Hardware accents and lends a touch of class to this brand new hue.

Eric, always the pragmatist, pointed out the obvious and not so obvious. “Once you wrap your hands around this baby, there is no turning back. Its silky and sleek T/A Standard neck does nothing but accelerate all that you know, linking musical phrases together with seamless fluidity. And if that wasn’t enough, we made this guitar for Michael, and with his choice of .011 gauge strings and M-Series pickups jamming together, there is nothing that can even begin to approach the awesome and musically complex single coil prowess of this formidable instrument. And if there is ever a need to crossover into humbucker-land with this guitar, it would be safe to do so.”

Well, when you put it that way, window coverings do seem to pale by comparison.


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Transparent Red to Dark Red Burst

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Bridge Splitter Switch & Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 11 Sounds



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .011-.049 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Hands On Guitars/Chehalis, Washington

• 12-23-04C

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