We could restrain it no longer! It had grown far too strong and unruly to remain sequestered within the Anderson Sonic Testing Facility and, understandably, rumors of its existence were leaking from every seam. Something this revolutionary cannot be silenced for long. With our work and months of beta testing complete, it was time. Much like King Kong breaking his bonds, scooping up Fay Wray and heading for the city (Dallas in this case) this brand new Anderson manifestation has escaped our grasp. Run for your lives! …Unless of course you think you might enjoy playing and gigging with one of the most amazing guitars of all time, then you may want to hang around while we elaborate.
At the time, loading an experimental, Anderson-built mini-humbucking pickup into the neck position of a specially outfitted Cobra Test-Unit simply seemed like the next logical progression. Capturing a legendary mini-humbucker neck-tone and seeing what Cobra could do for it was all we really had in mind—-or was it? While we were at it, we also routed a spot to insert a middle mini as well—-just to make things more interesting. And of course Anderson Pickupworks joined in by preparing a totally new and innovative coil design for the occasion.
It was a warm Friday night when we rolled out the first “M” equipped X-Cobra. Tom, always fearless when it comes to new Anderson gear, slipped it into his gig bag and with a smile and a wave headed out the door to his next performance.
After a weekend of music, we all met back at the factory to begin another fun filled week. Normally a very calm and collected gentleman, Tom was bounding around the shop and swinging uncontrollably from the light fixtures. What had happened to him? Had he been electrocuted at the gig?
Thinking fast, Lenny quickly darted him with the blowgun he had picked up on his last trip to Belize. Thoughtfully, we all gathered around. A little more relaxed, Tom was able to utter a few illuminating statements, “Best sound I have ever heard! I had it all at my finger tips! Every sound I have always wanted—and more.”
He paused and appeared to wipe a tear. Dave gave him a sip of cool water and asked, “Is this about the Cobra Test-Unit you tried out at your gig?” Tom nodded. “Was the neck mini-humbucker tone as good as it was when we tested it here?” Tom looked up, smiled and responded in a much stronger voice, “Even better, if you can believe that.” “Go on,” Dave urged. “The neck tone was so amazingly full and clear and yet not the least bit too thick for rhythm parts—-like a full-sized humbucker can be for some players. But that was just the beginning. When I clicked into the other pickup combinations—neck and middle, middle with bridge (split), middle with bridge (full), bridge split alone, all 3 pickups or neck and bridge, I experienced the most gigantic Classic-type tones I have ever felt come forth from my finger tips!”
He grabbed Dave's shirt and continued, “You know how some players can so easily get that perfect vintage single-coil tone from The Classic outfitted with VA-series pickups, while other equally great players struggle with any type of vintage single-coil guitar? It’s because they find pickups of this nature too weak to successfully negotiate with their playing style—and yet their full-sized humbucker guitars won’t quite do the tone either?” Dave nodded in full compliance. We have all known or perhaps been that player who couldn’t get a vintage “Strat-type” guitar to work for them.
Tom let go of Dave’s shirt and rose to his feet, “Well now any of our Cobra-style guitars equipped with an M1, M1 & M2 pickup combination will deliver unprecedentedly opulent guitar tones that walk a beautiful musical line between giant, clear single coil and light, articulate humbucker—it's like genetically enhanced VAs that cancel hum.”
“And it doesn’t stop there. In fact it just keeps getting better and better! Accessorize with the M1, M1 & M3 package and the M3 pickup, in the bridge position, acts as a mid-power, full-sized humbucker hidden in a mini package. Through the years we have often been asked if Cobra can be had with a Single/Single/Humbucking layout—well now it can—done Cobra style— bigger, meatier and more muscular while still retaining a full range of musical articulation.”
Tom climbed to the top of his amp, stood and raising his new Cobra skyward announced, “This is the new ANDERSON! It does everything I need as a player—and hopefully will for other players like me! I feel I can safely go to the gig with one instrument and get it all! With this new guitar’s revolutionary tonality it could be the humbucker-player’s “Classic” or the Classic-player’s Cobra!” Tom always gets so dramatic when Lenny darts him—but, as usual, he is totally right about the guitar thing.
Just then the phone rang. It was Brian Harris from the Brook Mays Pro Shop in Dallas, Texas, asking if we had any totally new and top secret ways of outfitting a Cobra so as to create a whole new guitar. He wanted a Hollow in Cajun Red. I swear, sometimes I think that guy has our placed bugged. We regaled him with the details of the new system. He fainted. When he regained his composure he immediately ordered this very first M-Series production Hollow Cobra—which he now has in his store.
Give him a call or log on to one of the two new on-line Anderson chat rooms and ask him what he thinks. I’m sure he would be delighted to share his personal experiences concerning what has now been unleashed upon the world.
Editors Note: The Anderson Guitarworks Chat Rooms on the worldwide web are not officially affiliated with the Tom Anderson Guitarworks company but they sure seem like a fun way to share Anderson Guitars and related topics with thousands of your closest friends. Here are the locations:
Anderson Forum 1
Anderson Forum 2
• MODEL: – Hollow Cobra (M-Series)
• FINISH: – Cajun Red with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Tubular Quilt Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Cobra
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M2
• SWITCHING: – B5-for M-Series Cobra
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir Nanoweb
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Brook Mays Pro Shop/Dallas, Texas