Two atomic particles of hydrogen rocket toward each other, both moving at the speed of light. They are on a collision course. The result of the impact is a metamorphosis that forms a new atomic element—helium. The atomic weight of this new helium atom is less than the combined weight of the two hydrogen atoms before the moment of impact. The loss of mass has been converted into energy. Scientists call this fusion. Our own sun utilizes this same reaction to warm and light the earth. A controlled version of this clean burning process is the source of energy for the warp engines utilized during last week’s Guitar of the Week adventures and the smooth, saturated, musical power of our H3 pickups.
Jeff Ericksen, a creative guy and customer of the Brook Mays Pro Shop, must be privy to this proprietary information concerning our H3 pickups. He chose to load the bridge position of his brand new and totally unique Cobra with this smoothly saturated and amazingly musical pickup. Although rare and usually considered extremely hot when incorporated with the intrinsically focused power of the short scale, mahogany based Cobra, its fat and full tone remains shockingly lyrical and open due to its unique Anderson design. Jeff selected to pair the H3 with an H1 at the neck for perfectly balanced pickup changes. When down shifting into the 3 different split-coil modes, Cobra produces astonishingly impressive single coil sounds not normally heard from instruments with this layout.
Since an H3 is visually identical to our other humbuckers, perhaps Jeff needed something to denote the sheer power hiding within. He, along with Brian Harris at Brook Mays, came up with this flame motif. The unique thing is that instead of painting flames over a solid colored body, Jeff wanted transparent red flames over the top of our Transparent Yellow finish so the flamed grain pattern of the maple wood underneath would not be lost. After our standard Transparent Yellow treatment, the body took a short journey to gifted graphic artist, Dan Lawrence, at GMW. He set Jeff’s Cobra ablaze before returning it for the final clear coats, expert buffing by Tino and final assembly.
Pictured: Tino is the Master Buffer here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks. After completing his intricate and highly skilled buffing procedure yielding a flawlessly beautiful sheen, he is pictured sharing the finished body. As always, we were moved with awe and respect.
Jeff, together we have created a perfectly playing masterpiece for you to express your music with no holds barred while its unique look demonstrates the true power of Cobra and your inner essence. I think it’s probably a good idea if you don’t tell too many people about the nuclear fusion power thing though.
MODEL: – Cobra
FINISH: – Custom Flame Graphics on Transparent Yellow with Binding
BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple with Mahogany Back
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Yellow on Mahogany
NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard
NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch
SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – n/a
NECK PICKUP: – H1
MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a
BRIDGE PICKUP: – H3
SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch for 6 Sounds
PICKUP COVERS: – n/a
PICKUP RINGS: – Cream
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Brook Mays Pro Shop/Dallas, Texas