Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of February, 24 2003 through March, 2 2003

Hollow Drop T
Walnut Top on Alder
Light Shaded Edge with Binding

This guy could save your life one day.

When the American movie version of Godzilla, with Mathew Broderick, came out it depicted New York under siege from a monster and a city in utter chaos essentially because none of the officials possessed a depth of caring for others or the capability of working together toward a solution. Well, on 9/11 we learned the movie’s projected apathy was pure fantasy. The integrity and love that the people of New York, the nation and the world community had for each other was astoundingly deep. People do care! We must never let go of that thought. It should be cultivated, nurtured and allowed to grow even further until it spreads to every corner of the globe. This is the level to which humankind was mean to aspire. Nowhere was this more profoundly demonstrated than in the heroic and caring actions of the police and fire departments. From that day forward this nation as a whole viewed its public service personnel with a greater reverence and an appreciation for the sacrifices they are prepared to give for the good of those they have promised to protect—a truly a noble endeavor to be sure.

Yes, this guy could save your life one day. In fact he has done it so many times that he has lost count. This exquisite Walnut Topped, Hollow T Drop Top belongs to him. He is Curtis James. He has been a Los Angeles City Firefighter for 16 years. And at my request he shared a few details of what it can be like. For instance, crawling down the hallway of a retirement home engulfed in flame, with hose in hand, as the carpet fibers were melting into their knees. They had to make sure everyone was out of the building. As you pour water onto a fire the resulting steam can expand something like 900 times, resulting in burns. That happened to his partner in that hallway and he had to take over the lead. These days his primary duty is the Paramedic Engine. In fact just two days ago they rolled on to the scene where a man was in full cardiac arrest. They got his heart and breathing restarted and were able to transport him to the hospital where his prognosis looked much better.

He said people ask him if he ever gets scared. His answer was, “Yes, sometimes we do but we can’t let that stop us. We do what we have to do. But we are human and there are times after the crisis has passed that it can really get to you. Sometimes you have to go somewhere by yourself and fall apart so you can be stronger the next time.”

One of the most effective ways he has of dealing with his life is music—primarily his own original country music. In fact he has become known around the L.A. Departments as the Singing Fireman.

A few years ago, during a Fire Department Open House known as Fire Service Day, an older man paid them a visit. After looking around the station he shared his personal story of gratitude. He said that a year ago the Paramedics from this station had answered a call at his home. His wife was taken to the hospital. He was very grateful that they had been there to help. At the hospital his wife slipped into a coma. He stayed by her bedside and read and prayed with her everyday for about a month. One evening he said goodnight, I love you and gave her a kiss. She spontaneously awoke, said, “I love you too,” and then passed away. Curtis was so moved by this story that he wrote a song about it called, “They’ll Know Someday.” It got some airplay in the Owens Valley area of California.

This Walnut Topped, Hollow T Drop Top has now become Curtis’ main guitar and after playing it for a few weeks he also ordered a Butterscotch, Hollow T Classic to keep it company. Hence the saying, “You can’t play just one Anderson,” comes clearly into focus. We’re willing to bet there is a Crowdster Acoustic in his future as well because you know what that guitar can do for you!

A walnut top’s sonic contribution is very similar to that of koa’s sweet clarity but with more compelling lows. The alder back was chosen to ensure single coil support while the +.070 T/A Standard neck backshape offers something rather substantial to hang on to during fast rides along its Indian rosewood fingerboard.

This is one axe any Fireman would be proud to take anywhere.

Want to know more?


• MODEL: – Hollow T Drop Top (aka Hollow T)

• FINISH: – Light Shaded Edge with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Figured Walnut Top with Alder Back


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.070—T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge

• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft






• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Splitter and Add-Bridge Push/Pull on Tone Control—for 14 Sounds




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Hollow Drop T
Walnut Top on Alder
Light Shaded Edge with Binding

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