So what d’ ya think, that it’s just all fun and games for us at the NAMM Show?
You must know by now that the winter NAMM Show is the Music Industry’s biggest trade show of the year—held every January in Anaheim California—right across the street from Disneyland. There are several giant halls all packed full of musical gear from almost every musical manufacturer on the planet—and thousands upon thousands of people—music people and players everywhere who have come to experience everything.
There we are, in the midst of it all. The Anderson Guitarworks booth is flooded with guitar players and we have to show them the world’s best guitars.
Do you think that kind of thing is fun?
Well, of course it is!!! Really fun! What could be better than that? Not much.
And a lot of the Anderson success is thanks to you too. So, thank you. We wish you could have been there with us but since you weren’t, here is one of the “show stoppers” we had to play with for four days of sheer…celebration—a Pro Am painted with a Black & White Bowling Ball finish—fondly reminiscent of some of the first Anderson guitars.
Editor’s Note: There were also other colors of Bowling Ball finishes, Black & Blue, Black & Red, White & Red, Black & Gold, Black & Green, Black & Purple. Black & White was the first and the most often seen.
This is Eric Martin’s dream guitar. Eric is the owner of Memphis, Tennessee’s, premiere Anderson dealer, Martin Music—a fabulous and famous store well known throughout the entire music community. Martin is just one of those really cool places that you wish you could accidentally get locked inside overnight.
This guitar reminds Eric of an earlier time—when it all began—back a little before 1984. Pro Am was our first, most-popular model in those days. Without traditional pickguard styling, it boasted a familiar but sleeker and more sensuously “cut” silhouette. Pro Am exploded onto the scene with unmatched playability and set the cutting-edge guitar community on its ear—literally on its ear because what they heard when they played this lightening-fast, ultra comfortable guitar was unheard of resonance and surprisingly loud unplugged volume leaping off the strings and the entire guitar. That sonic magic translated directly into your favorite amp, injecting life into your music like never before. It was easy to see and understand why Anderson guitars were destined to become so highly coveted. Also, it quickly became apparent to all who played one that if Anderson could make a guitar that plays like this, they could do so with any style of guitar they would choose to produce.
Fast-forward to today and it is utterly unbelievable—but true, and thrilling—to imagine that this Pro Am is so refined and so sweet that it easily leaves those still-magnificent original Pro Ams in the dust. Literally every aspect of Pro Am—and every other Anderson for that matter—have reached heights never before experienced by guitar players. It even amazes us and we are used to amazing. By this time, you know that I am not exaggerating—not even a little bit. All you have to do is pick one up. You don’t even have to plug in to know. Just strum a few chords, riff a few runs and it is abundantly clear, resonant and vibrantly loud, this is The One—Anderson Guitars.
With this Pro Am, Eric wanted to be able to grab a piece of timeless guitar history without letting go of all that Anderson has become—a perfect decision. But Eric is not alone in his thinking because another guitar player, Tom H., also had the same idea and also ordered a Black & White Bowling Ball, Pro Am for himself around the same time. We wish we could be there to see Tom H. open the case to his new Pro Am.
Happy Playing to Eric and Tom H.
• MODEL: – Pro Am
• FINISH: – Black & White Bowling Ball
• BODY WOOD: – Basswood
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper (T/A Standard)
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch with R2 Locking Nut
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Sunken Floyd Rose
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Black
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – SA1R
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H3
• SWITCHING: – Switcheroo—for an almost unlimited number of sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – Black
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Martin Music/ Memphis, Tennessee