Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of January, 29 2001 through February, 5 2001


Hollow Cobra
Mahogany Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Yellow with Binding





Hollow Cobra
Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Yellow with Binding





Hollow T Classic
Alder Top on Hollow Alder Back
Diamond Ring





Hollow T Classic
Alder Top on Hollow Alder Back
Diamond Ring

We are back from the NAMM Show! We had a really great time. Tom was there being Tom—he does that so effortlessly. Jesse, the guru of the woodshop—the guy who picks the top for your Anderson, was there—and without his bag that protects his secret identity. Laurie was there with her endearing laugh, delighting all that met her. Roy was in attendance as well, having a great time with everyone and every Anderson Guitar. Tino, Charles and Bruce made guest appearances—very fun. It was like a NAMM party in the Anderson booth.

Now I know we promised a glimpse of the Anderson Guitars that graced the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center. We will do that but I was tricked—tricked by a pair of NAMM attendees…a duo with such great tone and playability that they arrested the “NAMM parade” right in its tracks. That is just what happens when you think you’ll play one quickly and move on to the next. There is no playing any Anderson quickly because they immediately overwhelm you with their magical tone and effortless playability. Once you pick it up you just don’t want to put it down.

The first offender is this Diamond Ring, Hollow T Classic. Diamond Ring is a brand new color. Tom created it. It got so many ooos and aahs as people would spy it from across the booth at the show. “Oh, what is that? That is beautiful!” was a much-repeated phrase concerning this instrument. It flashy good looks is just where it begins however. One strum in a quiet room and you know you are in the presence of tonal greatness. The unplugged full-bodied resonance and sheer volume of sound generated from its hollow alder body is unique in the electric guitar world. When our TV1 and TV3 Anderson vintage-style pickups present this soulfullness to your favorite amplifier, it is more than impressive. Usually a Hollow T Classic appointed this way features an all maple neck but this one shows off with an Indian rosewood fingerboard for a slightly boosted low-end, breathy middle and just a touch of sparkle at the high end. While playing it, perfection was a word that kept coming to mind.

This very first Diamond Ring, Hollow T Classic with its T/A Standard +.050 maple/Indian rosewood neck is going to be visiting with Steve M., Steve B., Britt and Zack at the fabulous Wildwood Music in Louisville, Colorado. I would love to see their faces when they lift this stunning instrument from its case, set it on their lap and listen to it sing.

The next parade wrecker is this Translucent Yellow, Hollow Cobra. Of all the unattached Anderson Guitars at the show, this was the biggest hit. We even had two players change their orders to match this guitar once they laid eyes on it. This one has the same ultra-rich unplugged Anderson resonance as the Hollow T Classic but with a distinctly different maple/mahogany generated timbre. This, along with its shorter 24 ¾-inch scale length, focus, fatten and concentrate its sound for a feeling of musical power. Cobra’s “Extended Bandwidth” allows for wonderfully expressive humbucking rhythms while the Anderson built H1- and H2+ twin humbuckers offer surprisingly outstanding single coil tones when splitting.

Although its mahogany/African rosewood neck features our biggest “’62 Cobra” backshape, size is no object when done properly and as always this marvelous instrument plays absolutely effortlessly. It is amazing how much an instrument that offers no resistance can refine your playing.

This very popular creation of Tom Anderson and his friends is going to play at Garrett Park Guitars in Annapolis, Maryland. Dylan will be taking care of it and you can check out this wonderful Hollow Cobra if you need further proof. Have fun!

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Hollow T Classic

 FINISH: – Diamond Ring

 BODY WOOD: – Alder

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.050 T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – Black

 NECK PICKUP: – TV1

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3

 SWITCHING: – 3-Way

 PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome on Front Pickup

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – Hollow Cobra

 FINISH: – Translucent Yellow with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Translucent Yellow

 NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – ’62 Cobra

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4th-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – n/a

 NECK PICKUP: – H1-

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way Cobra with 6 sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

 PICKUP RINGS: – Cream

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010






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