“Will we ever make another or is this the only one?” This was the question that remained unanswered after the close of Guitar of the Week for August 24, 2003. But Dave Jones was inspired and knew just what to do. He immediately stopped by to see his friends at Richmond Music Center—a place that has already (unofficially) proclaimed themselves, “Tom Anderson Guitarworks, Translucent Butterscotch, Hollow T Classic Headquarters.” He knew they could help.
Rushing through the doorway, he quickly explained the musical emergency. Being compassionate musicians, they understood completely and casually logged on to the Anderson website—but no words could prepare them! They were awestruck and within 5 seconds Mike Hutchinson had placed a call to us on behalf of Dave while Kip, the magnanimous owner of Richmond Music Center, telephoned the mayor, asking for a holiday—which was, of course, immediately granted once the mayor logged on. Within moments Richmond had become a city of celebration.
During their call to us, we explained that making another Rosewood, Hollow T Classic may not be as easy as it sounds. To do so Tom must, once again, journey to India and brave the Naag Panchami Festival in order to procure more hand-selected Indian Rosewood for the top that will adorn the hollow-chambered, alder-backed body—not an easy task. But the deciding moment came when Dave grabbed the phone and sang, “I Me Mine” to us. We knew he needed this guitar!
Being a very accomplished guitarist in his own right, Dave made a few well-chosen alterations from the original so as to more precisely accommodate his own style of play. His first deviation was the addition of a vintage tremolo bridge. Setup at the factory to sit flush on the body, it offers robust resonance with the stability of a fixed bridge and the versatility of a trem—a nice touch. Sonic variety has been impressively increased by over twofold with the inclusion of a VA1 into the middle pickup position. Its 5-Way and Push/Pull tone control switches offer easy access to 7 superlative sounds—and that is before laying a hand on the extremely usable tone and volume controls.
With literally one strum it becomes undisputedly clear what Anderson design and construction has done for Rosewood in this format—resounding richness with harmonious clarity is its signature. And of course, there is nothing as doggone good as the way an Anderson neck feels or plays in your hand.
This is the first Rosewood, Hollow T Classic to ship as a result of the wave created on August 24th. Bound for Dave Jones, we already knew this was a very special guitar, but as we slid the case into its protective box we noticed the date on the calendar—February 25th. Happy Birthday George and Happy Playing Dave—this one is even more special than any of us knew.
• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic
• FINISH: – Natural
• BODY WOOD: – Indian Rosewood Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Brown
• NECK WOOD: – Indian Rosewood
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Black
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 7 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome for Neck & Black for Middle
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir Nanoweb
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Richmond Music/Richmond, Virginia