Unsigned, they sold 250,000 copies of their album and filled venues to capacity throughout Texas. Of course this attracted big label interest and they eventually signed with Republic/Universal Records for whom they have recently completed their 8th album. Based in Austin, several of the band members met in college at Texas A & M University. Brett started by sitting in with Pat Green and his band but it wasn’t long before they asked him to join them. Brett Danaher, lead guitar and backing vocals, describes them as a “band of buddies” playing music together, “It’s just one big rolling party.”
It was during the recording of their latest album that Brett decided to give us a called. He explained that he was hoping to cure some of the tuning issues plaguing so many guitar players. He had been enlightened by his friend and Anderson Guitar Player, John Carroll of the Cory Morrow band. Completely independent of the fact that John had received 5 dollars in the mail from an anonymous source in California, John explained to Brett the amazing benefits of an impeccably built, absolutely silky playing instrument exuding gobs of unrestrained, harmonically rich tone and sounding more in-tune than anything ever experienced before.
As well as the precision build quality of each and every Anderson, it is the Buzz Feiten Tuning System that allows these guitars to chord with gorgeous harmonious sympathy. As every Anderson player knows, there is nothing mysterious or complicated about the Feiten System. It simply allows your guitar to play more in tune consequently making it easier to tune up—even by ear. And when you are setting up before the gig and your drummer feels its practice time, tuning up on a tuner is just as easy as it has always been but with spectacular results.
Brett was excited and together we carefully explored his tonal needs. He paid a visit to Musicmakers in Austin where he was able to lay his hands upon an Anderson. His final conclusion was a T Classic for its solid ability to project through the mix with well mannered, full-bodied determination. Musicmakers did not have one in stock so it was the Anderson dealer in Fairhope, Alabama, Eugene at Jubilee Music, who stepped up with honor and grace to provide Musicmakers with the instrument of Brett’s wishes. Thank you Eugene!
Soon after receiving the guitar it was off to Hollywood for some finishing touch to their album in process. While in Southern California, Brett seized the moment and drove out to the Anderson factory. With pleasure we welcomed him. Bruce went over his new guitar, set it up for .011 gauge strings—Brett’s preference—and made sure it had traveled well.
Back home, Brett gave a call to praise the performance of his new T Classic and to let us know he had picked up another Anderson—a Cobra S Special loaded with our P-series pickups. He loves that one too for the other sonic areas it can cover.
And you thought we were kidding in last week’s Guitar of the Week when we wrote, “Hence the saying, ‘You can’t play just one Anderson,’ comes clearly into focus.”
• MODEL: – T Classic
• FINISH: – Tobacco Burst (2 Color Burst)
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.050—T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Medium
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Mint
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome on Neck
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .011-.049
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Musicmakers/Austin, Texas & Jubilee Music/Fairhope, Alabama