Of course the most obvious question has to be, why is this week’s Guitar of the Week being written with an English accent? Those of you more familiar with a variety of British brogues have almost certainly already noted a lilt, most likely indicating origins from the northeast corner of Kent in southeast England, probably about 25 kilometers southeast of central London.
Pretty sharp you are, to catch all that.
As you can tell, a closer listen reveals even more detail. It’s actually a variation of the above accent description, with some South London thrown in, a bit of Essex and a smattering of general London. Not a lot of “T's” being pronounced, while “Th” is spoken with an “F”.
What is going on here? Who is speaking please?
Well, it all started with Brian at Russo Music in Trenton, New Jersey. When he ordered this guitar, he did it like this, “I want to order a guitar for the store just like Keith Richards would play.” We replied, “Well, you’re in luck because Keith does play an Anderson. In fact we’ve been told that it is one of his favorites and the only guitar he takes with him when he goes to Barbados.”
What is it?
A Transparent Black Cobra to be more exact, and the first one to have Natural finished back and sides. As the story goes, Cobra was a new entity at Anderson and Pierre called. Pierre is a great guy who runs a lot of everything to do with instruments for the Stones—and more. Anyway, Pierre called and said Keith would like to try one. Well, we only had a “test unit” available and it was Transparent Black but since it was a “test unit” we had left the sides and back natural—a look we had not even considered showing as a finished guitar at the time.
So, long story short, we sent the guitar, Keith loved it. We asked for it back so we could finish painting it or make him another in full color. But Keith and Pierre knew best and said they would like to keep this one just as it is—sounds great, plays great, why would they want to send it back? Good point! No arguments.
Kept it, loved it, and has played it for years—perfect.
Fast forward to today and Cobra has become quite the “thing” for many guitar players and Natural finished back and sides have also become a “thing” for many colors of maple topped guitars with mahogany back and sides.
Isn’t it great how inspiration can come to you? And to Brian at Russo Music too.
• MODEL: – Cobra
• FINISH: – Transparent Black with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Natural Back and Sides
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Happy Medium (Cobra Standard)
• 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: – HO1-
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – HO1+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Position 3 Push/Pull Splitter—for 6 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Russo Music/Trenton, New Jersey