As the house lights go down, the crowd begins to roar and a voice announces, “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Crowdster!” (Or insert your name here if you’d rather.)
From the darkened arena your band launches into its opening song. Spots sweep diagonally and illuminate the stage. This is one of those defining moments in which you must capture the imagination of the audience. This is where the connection is made. Are you confident? Is your breath fresh? I’m sure it is but that doesn’t matter—unless you are sharing a microphone. What does matter is how effectively you are able to project your music and its message.
More often than not, rich acoustic guitar tones lay the foundation for a monumental rhythm track, which is further enhanced when blended with an amazing electric guitar tone. However wonderful in the studio, the live application of an acoustic guitar can get rather dicey because the same attributes that enable them to sound so organically pleasing also renders them delicate and sensitive to environmental influences, producing unwanted feedback. If you have experienced this, you know that many times the only way to negotiate this situation is to re-EQ until the feedback and original sonic luster is substantially diminished.
With a great love and respect for the acoustic guitar’s valuable role, we would like to introduce you to the Crowdster Acoustic! Utilizing a modified version of our already perfected hollow-chambered technology, this is an instrument that will comfortably convey sumptuously rich and brilliant plugged-in acoustic guitar tones while remaining immune to the usual pitfalls of harsh live conditions.
Concerning matters of the material world, Tom’s passion is clearly the electric guitar but his favorite pastime is fueled by a deep affection for acoustic guitars—of which he owns many and plays constantly. It is this virtue from which the Crowdster Acoustic was born. It is not an electric guitar that merely resembles an acoustic but an acoustic guitar in its very essence—originating its essential auditory tonalities and deriving its overall feel from unfettered acoustic roots. But don’t worry, even though it makes its living as a live-music acoustic guitar, thanks to Anderson’s acoustic-feeling neck geometry, you are still able to easily play bar chords on the 14th fret—and be in tune. It fact it plays like lightening—not a bad thing for any instrument.
Embarking upon a pilgrimage of tone, Tom journeyed to the LR Baggs pickup factory where he, Lloyd and Gary, of Baggs, redesigned a piezo system to expressly and faithfully represent Crowdster’s superlative sonic gifts to those seated before you. The result is volume, treble, middle and bass controls that can be precisely and intricately adjusted on the fly to accommodate any good PA or acoustic amplification system with no fuss. And because of Crowdster’s inherently stable constitution, it will stay that way all night long no matter how enthusiastic the drummer and bass player become or how lively the room.
From small clubs and parties to church worship leaders and 20,000-seat stadiums, this is the instrument that is going to make your life easier and your music flow more freely than ever before. Once you play one you won’t want to be without. And who could blame you? This is a brand new entity, presenting itself in a brand new way and we offer it to you in several different wood combinations and any color of your choosing.
If you missed ‘um last week here are a few pictures of some high-profile players jamming on the Crowdster Acoustic at the NAMM Show—where the guitar made its debut just a few weeks ago.
Mark Goldenberg of Jackson Browne.
Jim West from Weird Al’s Band.
The ever-enjoyable Pete Anderson of Dwight Yoakam fame.
And some other rather nice guy who got in the way of the camera.
• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic
• FINISH: – Natural
• BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Brown
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Pau Ferro Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Transparent Brown
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.725-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small
• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKUP: – LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Acoustic Guitar
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Magdon Music/Olyphant, PA