After last week’s informative exploits of Eric the Red Junior, Junior, Junior, Junior and the Ice Blue Metallic, Hollow T Classic, we settled down for a cup of tea and a closer examination of Ice Blue Metallic’s ancestral origins. Its is a genealogy directly traceable all the way back to an original finish known simply as Ice Blue—the apparent parent shade. Further investigation established conclusively that it was the vintage-oriented Ice Blue color that first spawned the newer Ice Blue Metallic of today.
Kevin from Swissvale Music called to check on the progress of their upcoming Ice Blue, Hollow T Classic. We were happy to report that the much-anticipated electric guitar was now ready for its journey to Pittsburgh. All that was required was one final test-play before packing it up. We popped open the case to reveal…nothing. The case was empty, except for a note scribbled in a language we could not decipher.
Is bla gor mej lycklig. Det ar den ricktiga fargen pa mitt stammtrad. Det paminner mej om Gronland. Jag seglar tillbaka till Norge med det. Forsok inte att stoppa mej!
Erik den Roda
A red beard hair found at the scene made us very suspicious and we hurried into the pickup room to find Lenny. Lenny was born in Sweden and has been an Anderson master pickup maker for many years. If anyone could make sense out of all of this, it was Lenny! He took one look at the note, translated and read aloud:
Ice Blue makes me happy. It is the true color of my heritage. It reminds me of Greenland. I am sailing back to Norway with it. Don’t try and stop me.
Eric the Red Junior, Junior, Junior, Junior
“Oh not again,” cried Jesse. I thought we settled this with the Ice Blue Metallic, Hollow T Classic from last week.” “Lenny, you have to go after him,” Tom pleaded. “You are the only one who knows the way to Norway by boat.” Lenny nodded, grabbed his ohmmeter and was ready to go.
With the wind at our backs and Lenny at the helm, it wasn’t long before the Anderson Cruiser sighted a pewter-colored Nordic ship. “Quick, the spyglass,” barked Iain. From his vantage point in the crows nest he could make out the figure of what appeared to be a Viking holding an Ice Blue, Anderson, Hollow T Classic. As we pull along side, Bruce hailed the vessel as Lenny swung on a rope across the gap between the two ships and boarded her.
Speaking in some sort of Nordic dialect, Lenny politely demanded that Mr. Red please release the Ice Blue, Hollow T Classic immediately. Eric Junior willingly obliged and handed over the prized instrument.
Laurie stepped forward and asked Eric why he felt he needed to run off with a guitar meant for Swissvale Music. He replied, “I am so very sorry to drag all of you out on the open sea like this but I couldn’t help myself. These Anderson guitars are so fine and I love Ice Blue! My Great, Great, Great Grandfather had an Anderson Classic this color you know.”
He went on, “From the moment I picked this one up and wrapped my fingers around its neck I knew I was totally and completely in love. Those new and exclusive-to-Anderson Stainless Steel frets—oh my gosh—they drove me mad I tell you—absolutely seamless vibrato and fluid bending were at my command. I’ve never played anything that even remotely approaches it.”
“A hollow, all-alder body mated to a maple neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard is a gifted combination and delivers a venerable crushing tone that resounds like the hammer of mighty Thor. He’s Norse the god of thunder you know. Anyway, those TV1 and TV3 vintage-style pickups are so lush sounding. They give me goose bumps while taking full advantage of the abundance of sustain and resonance that every Anderson guitar naturally renders. How can you really blame me for I am only mere mortal. Once anyone has truly played an Anderson, there is no turning back. And lets not forget how totally classy it looks with its Ice Blue body, Vintage Tinted neck-back and headstock and that Aged White pickguard. I need to be near Anderson guitars, how about a job,” he screamed.
Tom, not usually one for hiring those who try absconding to Norway with his guitars, took exception to Eric for his amazing passion and sonic knowledge and brought him back with us to become an Anderson pickup maker in his own right under the tutelage of Lenny—the master of pickups and apparently the seven seas.
Editors note: As was pointed out by a Norwegian friend who is an Anderson Guitar Player and Guitar of the Week reader, the letter that Eric the Red Junior, Junior, Junior, Junior left us appeared on the web site written in Swedish, not Norwegian. It was printed that way so Lenny wouldn’t have to translate from Norwegian, to Swedish and then to English since his Norwegian girlfriend moved back to Norway in 1949. But actually the letter received from this axe-absconding Norwegian should have read:
"Is-blå gjør meg glad. Det er den riktige fargen på mitt stammtre. Den minner meg om Grønland. Jeg seiler tilbake til Norge med den. Ikke prøv å
Thanks Torstein!GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:
• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic
• FINISH: – Ice Blue
• BODY WOOD: – Alder Top on Alder Back
• 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 11/16ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome—on neck pickup
• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Swissvale Music/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania