Peace and Love Man!
The 60’s were simultaneously an uplifting time and a tumultuous time, as all periods of great change can be. Fueled by an elevated awareness of the human community and the value of every individual, love and peace were again brought to the forefront of human consciousness in a more prominent way than ever before. The primary method of sharing this new global message was music—a different type of music fueled by a unique electric guitar-styled instrument capable of communicating with unprecedented power, passion and emotion—it could not be ignored!
This was an amazingly important time in human development, perhaps more significant than most knew, for it set the tone for all that would follow as equality for everyone became the accepted norm and helpful community programs began to emerge all around the world. For the first time in all of recorded history the masses were communicating and forcing a movement toward compassion and peace. That responsibility is not any less today and popular music is no longer just a child’s game. The players and listeners are now of all ages. Pick up you axe and speak, this is your time!
Yes, the 60’s were a time of pronounced change. Okay so Love-Ins and hallucinogenics were really bad ideas but the beginning of that decade also marked the emergence of a Maple/Rosewood Fingerboard neck garnishing this style of guitar and supplanting the solid-Maple that had reigned through the 1950’s. (Please see Guitar of the Week for November 30, 2003 for a look at a flawless version of this venerable layout.)
With first strum on this Hollow T Classic, adorned in its timelessly mythical Translucent Butterscotch finish, the Rosewood capped fingerboard announces its sonic signature with the immediate perception of a more free-flowing bottom-end surrounding and encompassing the aura of this magnificent instrument. However, further exploration also reveals the addition of gently sparkling top-end frequencies.
Comparing these two identical and yet divergent stellar instruments exhibits the solid-Maple neck’s adeptness at tightening and controlling both the high and low outer fringes of the guitar’s natural frequencies while its Rosewood fingerboard counterpart encourages almost unbounded revelry at both extremes of the musical bandwidth.
We heard that! And we know what you are wondering, “Which one is better?” Well, thanks for asking. The answer, however, is: concurrently both. When guitars are built this well and play so absolutely and equally effortlessly, it is merely a matter of auditory preferences. Many players really enjoy the way the solid-Maple neck on the Hollow T Classic, from two weeks ago, controls the wide, musical bandwidth that is characteristic of this Andersonized body-style and its 25 ½-inch scale length. Others absolutely revel in the low-end prowess and high-end seasoning a Rosewood fingerboard bestows to this week’s Hollow T Classic.
So then what is the very best way in which to describe the differences found in these two fabled and still nearly identical Translucent Butterscotch, Hollow T Classics? Technically speaking, the solid Maple necked version should be referred to as “wowsville daddy-o,” while the Rosewood fingerboard Hollow T Classic is much more accurately described as “groovy man!”
• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic
• FINISH: – Translucent Butterscotch
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Black 1 Ply
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome for Neck
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir Nanoweb
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –United Kingdom