Born of Drop Top heritage,

                                                          Drop Top Classic

offers its eye-popping gifts accompanied with the class of a classic pickguard, hence the name Drop Top Classic

But its name not only denotes a look rooted in tradition but in its intrinsic sound as well. Yes, this classy guarded guitar not only delivers classic good looks but the anatomy of the actual pickguard itself creates a more "Classic" tone—a tone to certainly please a connoisseur of the classics.

Drop Top Classic announces itself with a radiant book-matched flame or quilted maple, koa or walnut top that is actually bent (or "dropped") over a carefully chosen tone-wood body-back to create a smooth and comfortable, swooping forearm contour—and it does it all in keeping with the traditional of pickguard styling.

Since 1991 Drop Top Classic has been the fancy, classic "S" to own.  Before this time nothing like it existed. You could say, it was an inspired revelation that started a joyous revolution—of guitars that is.

But we certainly could not stop there. 

Though the years, as we began to unlock the secrets of Drop Top tonalities and the vast richness lying within, we applied this depth of understanding to the realm of the Drop Top Classic.

Now, to support the beauty of your Drop Top Classic, are four body-back tone-wood choices—two of which are very "classic" and two with which you can step humbucker tones forward.

"Classic" wood choices:

altered "Classic" backing-wood choices:

Paring wonderful body woods with the world fastest and easiest playing necks just seems to make sense to us.  To strap on a light weight Drop Top Classic, wrap you hand around...feel the smoothness of the neck... the guitar just seems to take you away. Now, that is what we are talking about.

Neck Wood for Drop Top Classic—your choices are:

The entire line of Anderson pickups have been redesigned to support a more soulful & sweet experience than ever before and all are available for implantation into any Drop Top Classic.

All of our progressive and simple-to-operate electronic controls are available for Drop Top Classic


Hollow be the name of:  Hollow Drop Top Classic

Hollow Drop Top Classic Our wonderful, solid-body Drop Top Classic can also be had with hollow sound chambers.  This hollow-bodied version utilizes visually undetectable sealed chambers inside the very same outside form.  This magnificent model is known as Hollow Drop Top Classic.

Why hollow?: The first and foremost reason to strap on a Hollow Drop Top Classic is weight reduction.  Our regular solid-body Drop Top Classic is considered a lightweight solid guitar in its own right.  But If an extremely lightweight, soulful instrument is required, Hollow Drop Top Classic is the resolution.  It almost floats on your shoulder all night long.  You may forget you are wearing it.

Sonically, every guitar model responds slightly differently to hollow chambering.  Drop Top Classic's lay-up of of a beautiful hardwood top and tone-wood back, naturally flows in rhythm with the hollow body.  Many players choose Hollow Drop Top Classic as their number one guitar for its sound as well as its lighter weight. 

Hollowing gives Hollow Drop Top Classic more percussive bloom ("S"-style "quack") to each note.  What this means is a slightly softer touch to the attack of each note—each pick stroke.  Mid frequencies are lightly softened while top and bottom frequencies stretch farther in each direction.  The overall experience is one of a quacker quack while the hardwood top makes sure you are still there to dominate. 

Deciding Factor • choose:


Drop Top Classic

choices at a glance 




  • Solid Body   (traditional)
  • Hollow Body (visually undetectable hollow body chambers)




  • Traditional (25 1/2-inch)
  • Shorty       (24 3/4-inch)



  • Quilt or Flame Maple Top on Alder Back
  • Quilt or Flame Maple Top on Swamp Ash Back
  • Quilt or Flame Maple Top on Basswood Back
  • Quilt or Flame Maple Top on Mahogany Back
  • Walnut Top with any above mentioned backing woods
  • Koa Top with any above mentioned backing woods


  • Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Maple
  • Chocolate Maple
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Maple with Pau Ferro Fingerboard


  • Natural Satin
  • Natural Satin with Vintage Tint—n/a Rosewood or Chocolate
  • Match Body Color (fingerboard necks only)
  • Natural Gloss
  • Black


  • Natural Satin
  • Natural Satin with Vintage Tint (n/a with match headstock, Rosewood or Chocolate)


  • Even-Taper—slim backshape
  • Even-Taper +.030, +.050, +.070, +.100—increased depth
  • Happy Medium
  • Happy Medium +.030, +.050—increased depth
  • 60’s Vibe
  • 60’s Vibe +.020—increased depth
  • 50’s V—Small
  • 50’s V—Large


  • 1 11/16-inch
  • 1 5/8 -inch


  • Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
  • Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
  • Low Rise—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
  • Small—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
  • Jumbo—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel


  • Fixed Bridge
  • Vintage Tremolo
  • Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo


  • Split Shaft (std with Fixed and Floyd Rose Bridge)
  • Locking (std with Vintage Tremolo)


  • White
  • Black
  • Pearl White
  • Aged White
  • Mint White
  • Tortoise Shell


  • Chrome
  • Gold
  • Black


  • Any S-Series Single Coil Sized
  • M1 or M1- (M-Series)
  • Any H-Series Full-Sized Humbucking


  • Any S-Series Single Coil Sized
  • M1or M1- (M-Series)


  • Any S-Series Single Coil Sized
  • Any H-Series Full-Sized Humbucker
  • M2 or M3 (M-Series)


  • 5-Way Add-Bridge w Split + VA Boost
  • 5-Way Add-Bridge
  • 5-Way Add-Bridge w Splitter
    • B5—split 1-4 (no split on bridge p/u alone)
    • Master Split
  • 5-Way Add-Bridge w Kickback (M-series only)
  • 5-Way Add-Bridge w Kickback + Boost (M-series only)
  • Switcheroo
  • Switcheroo + VA Boost
  • 5-Way with Push/Pull—for 2 pickups
  • 5-Way with Push/Pull + VA Boost—for 2 pickup
  • 3-Way
  • 3-Way + VA Boost


  • VA & SC-Series only—Coffee Dipped, White or Black
  • HC-series—nickel, raw nickel, gold, black


  • Your Choice—Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating


  • See Drop-Down Color List That Corresponds to Your Body Wood Choice on the Guitar Gallery Page