So where did you spend New Year’s Eve? Just like many of you, Henry Kaiser spent New Year’s Eve playing his Anderson Guitar. But Henry’s gig was at…the South Pole!
What? Now wait just a minute! We know you’re thinking, that has to be some kind of a misprint—but it is not. Henry and his new Hollow Cobra are jammin’ at the South Pole—McMurdo Station on the Ross Ice Shelf to be more precise. Now that may not be as unbelievable as it first sounds because in the Southern Hemisphere it is summer and as such the sun never sets at the pole. The temperatures can climb to a blistering -14 degrees Fahrenheit—although the average is usually around -40. Of course, temperatures can dip a bit more when they are in the throws of an Antarctic hurricane-blizzard, known as a Herbie, where the winds blow at over 100 knots and the mercury drops to somewhere around -100 degrees—a good time to stay indoors and jam with the new “Andy.”
Besides being the world’s most unique guitar player playing the world’s most unique gig, you must be wondering why Henry has come to Antarctica. Henry is also a highly skilled research diver and, with a team of scientists from America, is studying the single-celled shelled creature known as Foraminifera. These animals play a key role in the ocean food web. Since they are found in all marine environments, the characteristic habitats and chemical composition of their shells is an excellent indicator used in evaluating the quality of the local ecosystem in which they live. This makes them extremely useful to scientists.
This is a close-up look at a Foraminifera, and diver, that Henry had inlayed onto the back of his all-Rosewood neck’s headstock after taking delivery of this one-of-a-kind, un-duplicatable Koa-topped Hollow Cobra.
To search for Foraminifera they must enter the 28 degree ocean by way of a dive hole. To create such a passage, they have to dynamite through the 14 foot thick sea-ice floor. Once the hole is established and sculpted, a tent is erected above to create a dive station.
Ready? Go ahead and climb in. Care to take the plunge with Henry? Don’t surface quite yet, stay and look around.
Henry too couldn’t wait to surface and begin to warm up with his Hollow Cobra for the gig that night. Yes, we did say warm up. This is how an Antarctic professional does it.
News carries fast, even to base camp in Antarctica, and the allure of an M-Series Hollow Cobra is undeniable. Henry ardently opted to equip with M1, M1 and M2 pickups respectively from neck to bridge. Aside from its sonic and visual distinctiveness, perhaps the Koa-topped body was also his preference as it reminds him of a warmer world in which Koa is an indigenous wood species—dreaming of the Hawaiian Islands perhaps? But for now, surrounded by ice, he is certainly living out another dream of a lifetime.
• MODEL: – Hollow Cobra
• FINISH: – Natural
• BODY WOOD: – “One-of-a Kind” Koa Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Honey
• NECK WOOD: – Indian Rosewood
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback for Cobra
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M2
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add Bridge Push/Pull and Bridge Splitter
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – South Pole