Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of December, 25 2006 through January, 1 2007

The Classic
Alder-for Classic
Olympic White

The Classic
Alder-for Classic
Olympic White

As you gaze upon the third installment of Olympic White, in yet another of its varied forms, we know what you want to do. Come on, no one’s looking, sing this one with us:

I’m dreaming of an Olympic White Christmas
Just like the guitars from the past two weeks
Where the different pickguards glisten
And large crowds must listen
To hear that Anderson mystique

With wild abandon now, sing it out!

I’m dream of an Olympic White Classic
I’ve needed one for oh so long
With its effortless playability
And musical fertility
Every chord I strum becomes a song

Nice job! Give yourself a hand.

Well, all right! Pearl Black is the rare pickguard that highlights and enunciates the uniqueness of this Olympic White, Classic. But that is not all that makes this one unique, for this is a famous guitar—very famous. It has appeared on an uncountable number of television specials and recordings.

But wait!

As great as a guitar may be, it cannot be famous when it stands alone. It must join with an artist of incomparable quality in order to be truly renowned.

This is the main guitar of Mark Thompson. Mark has played with many of the biggest names in Nashville. When he first bought this guitar, he was making the rounds with Wynonna Judd.

More recently he moved on to support the well-known talents of Chely Wright (who you have seen before in the pages of Guitar of the Week).

Jessica Andrews also required the assistance of Mark for her musical endeavors. Jessica has been huge on the Country Music scene for 8 years, beginning her career when she was only 15 years old—an amazing talent.

Currently, Mark is assisting Anita Cochran and Tammy Cochran. Incidentally, they are not related. You may know Anita from her number one single, a duet with Steve Wariner entitled, “What If I Said.”

Tammy is on Sony Records with the single, “Angeles In Waiting.” The new Tammy Cochran album is due out very soon.

Yes, Mark Thompson is famous, and he too plays The Classic finished in what Anderson calls, Olympic White—with assorted vintage flecks. If you still find yourself wondering about the name Olympic White—with assorted vintage flecks, it is time to reread the first installment involving this sacred shade to get all the details.

Now, with Mark’s Classic, it goes even further because, over the years, his guitar has become more than simply Olympic White—with assorted vintage flecks. Careful inspection of the close-up, guitar-only photos reveal the presence of vintage dings—after all, it has been on the road and working hard since 1992. Real player-imposed vintage dings are a mark of honor, meant to be displayed proudly. Mark should be pleased.

Yes, in this Holiday Season and throughout the years, let the Anderson light shine ever bright—the light of Olympic White.


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Olympic White—with assorted vintage flecks

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Satin

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper (T/A Standard)

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch with R2 Locking Nut

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel—re-fret

• BRIDGE: – Sunken Kahler Steeler—license by Floyd Rose

• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft


• PICKGUARD: – Pearl Black




• SWITCHING: – Switcheroo—for an almost unlimited number of sounds



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating


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The Classic
Alder-for Classic
Olympic White

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