We are going to continue with our NAMM tour this week because we want to make sure that you got to experience it all—all the pictures and all the tales. Be sure to make your way to the bottom of each page and click on the word “Next” to advance through the whole show and its beautiful guitars.
Editor’s note: Have fun!
We are back from The NAMM Show! It was a really nice time. There were many cool things—like a big toy store but my favorite stop had to be the Tom Anderson Guitarworks booth. I definitely hung out there most of the time. This year the Anderson booth was arrayed with comfy couches and had the appearance of a den/music room where you could hang and play guitars. The big talk of the show was the “A” logo throw pillows created by Rachel and Laurie. Many stopped by just to hug them, express their approval and need to have such a pillow adorn their own music room. Pete Anderson was sure the “A” logo stood for Pete Anderson and made a break for the door with one of the custom pillows under his arm. The extra pillow guards NAMM had in place around our booth brought Pete to justice. We understood his need and felt it only right to soothed his disappointment by letting him jam on the Lake Placid Blue, Hollow T Classic—loaded with our TV pickups and comprised of a wood combination he had not experienced before. He was visibly and audibly blown away and forgot all about his pillow needs. (See photos later in this broadcast).
But beyond that, there was something magic about this entire group of Anderson guitars. They all seemed to play even more effortlessly and silky smooth than ever before. How could that be possible? Are they not already the best playing guitars on the planet? What’s going on?
Dave Miller and Tony Colwell of Buddy Roger’s Music were the first to notice the increased sonic depth of the Hollow Drop Tops. They were boundlessly impressed with how the hollow chambers allow the backing wood to take precedence over the tonal character of these gorgeous instruments. Now offered with a basswood, alder, swamp ash or mahogany backed body, Tony was floored with Drop Top’s presentation of swamp ash and alder. They escaped from the show with the maple/alder, Cherry Burst, Hollow Drop Top Classic in hand.
Of course one of the big hits of the show was the Deep Tobacco Fade, Hollow Cobra with our new all rosewood neck. It was featured as Guitar of the Week last week. If you missed it, we must begin our NAMM tour there. To do so, click on the “I’m so sorry I missed Guitar of the Week last week” hyper-link icon.
The photo above is what you might have seen upon entering Anderson-land.
The first guitar to make your acquaintance is the Hollow T showing off with Deep Ocean Blue quilted maple atop a tone-rich alder back. With a hum/single/hum pickup configuration, this guitar is known for its ability to deliver its gorgeous version of every guitar sound known to mankind—an extremely adaptable instrument for those players who can only take one guitar to the gig but need to cover many musical styles well. I’ll let you in on a little secret; this versatile instrument is going to visit with Brian at Brook Mays in Dallas Texas. Brian is also getting a Cobra (not pictured) that was Tom’s personal guitar and was the first to incorporate and test many of the new features now found on the very latest models.
Moving right, we have a Lake Placid Blue, Hollow T Classic. It sent shivers up Pete Anderson’s spine (more on this later) and impressed everyone who picked it up or plugged it in. Its all alder body, +.050 maple neck and TV-series pickups bring forth a huge single coil tone that will easily allow you to sonically rule this domain. Cameron of Grandma’s Music in Albuquerque, New Mexico would not leave the booth until we promised this guitar to him. He knows great guitars—that’s one of the things that makes him Cameron.
Who can deny the legendary Translucent Blonde, Hollow T Classic with a Tortoise Shell pickguard? Equipped with a Swamp ash topped/alder backed body, out comes the sparkle of ash with the added low-middle pump of alder—a combination adored by many world class players. The “Nashville pickup arrangement” increases versatility further with two singles coils in the neck and middle positions and a “T” style pickup at the bridge. Loaded with two hum-canceling SAs and a TD3, the fast acting 5-way switching delivers 14 usable sounds. The vintage tremolo bridge tops off the whole package and gives rise to the rumor that this could be a “Pete Anderson Model, Hollow T Classic.” We all know that there is no such thing but does Pete know? Say good-bye or hello to this one depending on your geographical location because this one is on its way to Belgium.
Let’s cut right to the chase. Everyone loved this thunderous mahogany backed Hollow Drop Top with the stunning Deep Tobacco Fade maple top. Having a mahogany back on a Hollow Drop Top is like sprinkling it with a bit of Cobra dust for added midrange growl—a technique originally learned from the movie Peter Pan. It will be held in the good care of Jim Hill at Senseney Music in Wichita, Kansas—but for how long?
Transparent Black, Drop Top with a basswood back and counter sunk Floyd Rose locking tremolo bridge does its job better than any other similarly equipped axe. It roars with power, offers wonderful single coil sound and plays with liquid fluidly. It is on its way to Japan to prove its worth.
The other two can be viewed better from another angle.
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