Guitars Of The Week:
Beginning: March, 14 2014


Raven
Alder
Assorted

Birds of a feather…
at
The NAMM Show

Raven
flocking together—and why not?

Well, because—according to linguists—ravens do not flock. A gathering of Ravens—three at this most auspicious Anderson affair—is known as a constable of Ravens. Apparently, this comes from ravens congregating on and around the Tower of London—supposedly watching over the king and/or queen.

What a nice image, three Anderson, Ravens, watching over us at the NAMM Show from high atop the Tower of London… oh wait, we forgot to bring the Tower of London with us…again…but still, you get the idea.

Yes, without a shadow of a doubt, Raven was the most talked about guitar at the NAMM Show. Everyone, with an eye for an Offset-styled instrument, flocked to this guitar.

I lost count of how many times I saw this scenario unfold:

Those who stepped into the booth, stopped dead in their tracks, stood, turned to face this constable, gazed longingly, pointed and exclaimed something very close to this universal phrase of praise:

“Ooooh!!! Raven is even better looking in person. What a beautiful guitar! Oh wow!”

They were immediately drawn in. Some say it is a spell cast by Raven when you are in its presence—we didn’t say that—kind of silly—but some said it—or maybe I just dreamed it. Either way…another cool image.

And when they picked Raven up to play—it was all over. Raven immediately flew to the top of their “wish list.” Hey, it is even on the top of mine—and I live with them.

Well, of course it's on the top of anyone's list, you can figuratively fly across its fingerboard with ease and grace. Strum a harmonically rich chord—even unplugged—and it sings out loud, and profoundly in tune. This is why everything with Raven sounds huge, rich, full and very impressive. And this can only make you simile from deep within your musical soul as your songs flow easier and more blissfully.

Editors Note: Raven has even become Tom’s number one gigging instrument, as well—equipped with twin PH-series pickups. Can anyone escape its spell? Who would really want to, anyway?

This considered constable is comprised of Ravens—left to right respectively:

  • Sparkle Orange—with an all-Maple neck and a color matching headstock
  • Olympic White—with a richly contrasting tortoise shell pickguard
  • Dakota Red—a well-established vintage color complemented with cream covered PQ-series pickups, topping a pearl white pickguard

So, what is the real tale of the Raven?:

From its initial conception, Raven was envisioned and fashioned for those who fancied the reemerging look of Offset Guitar styling.

This look has intrigued guitar players for decades. In fact, many of us were playing guitar when the inaugural ones arrived on the scene in the early 1960s. At first appearance, the new Offset Instruments were proclaimed as the better, top-of-the-line electric guitars. This is not the way it played-out however. The “S” and “T-style” guitars never lost their prominence because they were simply more desired by professional players who appreciated their manageable body size and more reliable tuning stability. The “Offset” virtually drifted off into obscurity.

But an affinity for what could be had always remained in the back of our minds. So with the recent reemergence of Offset intrigue—we took another look. It was our desire to, once and for all time, lift the Offset to the same profound level of playing performance that we have achieved with our venerable “S” and “T” models—and everything else we offer.

So, jumping right to the tail of the Raven tale—Raven is:

The no-holds-barred Offset guitar, designed from the ground up to play impeccably well—no compromises of any kind—just pure performance, that suffers none of the slings and arrows that plagued the instruments of yore. Its familiar-sized architecture is nimble, svelte and cut—to hang and to hold just right—like that of an “S” or “T-style” Anderson—very familiar. No giant mass to wield around on stage.

As is tradition with all masterful Anderson Instruments, multifaceted sonic versatility lies sequestered within completely familiar and easily accessible switching—Raven, with a dual pickup layout, offers the option of up to 12 super-cool sonic combinations, while primary control remains under the tutelage of a traditional big-toggle 3-way—located on the upper horn.

Its thoroughly thoughtfully chosen woods, lightweight superstructure and impeccable intonation makes conducting musical magic an easy endeavor, while gigging all night long and truly enjoying every elevated nuance that is the intrinsic nature of…

Raven—the Offset has become unlimited!

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Raven Classic

• SCALE LENGTH: – Traditional—25 1/2-inch

• FINISH: – Sparkle Orange

• BODY WOOD: – Alder

• NECK WOOD: – Maple

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper +.030

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White

• NECK PICKUP: – PH1-

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – none

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – PH2

• SWITCHING: – 3-Way with Parallel and VA Booster

• PICKUP COVERS: – Nickel Open-Face

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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Rocket Music, Blacksburg, Virginia

• 01-17-14N

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Raven Classic

• SCALE LENGTH: – Traditional—25 1/2-inch

• FINISH: – Olympic White

• BODY WOOD: – Alder

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper +.030

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Tortoise Shell

• NECK PICKUP: – PH1-

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – none

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – PH2

• SWITCHING: – 3-Way with Parallel and VA Booster

• PICKUP COVERS: – Nickel Open-Face

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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Boutique Guitar Exchange, Atlanta, Georgia

• 01-08-14A

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Raven Classic

• SCALE LENGTH: – Shorty—24 3/4-inch

• FINISH: – Dakota Red

• BODY WOOD: – Alder

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Satin

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 60’s Vibe

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White

• NECK PICKUP: – PQ1-

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – none

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – PQ2

• SWITCHING: – 3-Way with Parallel

• PICKUP COVERS: – Cream

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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music, Redwood City, California

• 01-13-14A




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