Of course by now you know Frankie. In fact, you should feel like old friends, for wasn’t it Guitar of the Week for June 27, 2004, where we were first reintroduced to the band Survivor and spoke of their new Starbucks TV commercial featuring a topical rendition of their hit, “Eye of the Tiger?” Frankie was prominently featured, appropriately playing a Tiger Eye, Hollow Cobra, loaded with Anderson P-Series pickups.
The following week we got a glimpse of Frankie’s new Arctic Blue Burst, Drop Top Classic. From the hyperlink in the text it is easy to share in the rapture of receiving a new Anderson. Since then, this guitar has been out on the road performing before huge audiences and in the recording studio, where it has carried out its duties flawlessly, becoming an extension of Frankie’s musical mind and bonding him and this Arctic Blue Bursted Anderson even more deeply.
In the subsequent week we went further still as we saw a Cajun Red, MMH-Series, Cobra that Frankie could not live without and went to great lengths to acquire. It was a quest well worth its effort for this instrument has, perhaps, become his number one guitar for many of his deepest musical needs. Recording engineer, Phil, spoke of how easily all of Frankie’s Andersons are to record and how good they sound going to tape—or disc as the case may be. This episode winds up with an in-depth interview revealing several Survivor secrets—including tips on Frankie’s live setup.
Just when he, and you, thought you had heard it all, Frankie came to the ultimate realization that his live acoustic performances could be vastly improved and his stage life could flow even more smoothly with the inclusion of a Crowdster Acoustic. After all, a Crowdster is the ultimate live-music Acoustic Guitar! Frankie no longer has to worry about re-EQing and loosing the sound of a rich, full-bodied and shimmering acoustic guitar just to get feedback under control. With the Crowdster in his hands, it’s just plug and go—perfectly robust and sparkling acoustic guitar tones every time and in every club, outdoor concert or enclosed arena—it all works.
But even with an existence of such musical bliss, Frankie now faces a huge crossroads in his life of which there may be no answer. You see, Starbucks, more than delighted with the success of their first commercial venture, would like to film another episode featuring Survivor. As is quite common place in matters such as these, they have requested that the band members wear the same clothes as in the last outing to keep a feeling of continuity and identity intact. But one overwhelmingly burning question still remains, which guitar should Frankie play in this commercial? Everyone is in a virtual visual quandary. All his Andersons are so darn good looking and sound so incredible as well. You can see the dilemma that Frankie is now faced with. We ask you, “Should anyone be forced to make that kind of decision?” Who among you would want to be in his shoes?
Okay, we know what you are saying so let this be one of our many Holiday Wishes for you this season. May you too be faced with this kind of decision in your future.
• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic
• FINISH: – Natural
• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Brown
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.73-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKUP: – Anderson EQed LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Elixir® Acoustic Guitar with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Artist/Frankie Sullivan