Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 6 2000 through March, 12 2000


Cobra Special
Mahogany
Translucent Cherry





Cobra Special
Mahogany
Translucent Cherry

Bob is one of our favorite people and judging by what he is holding you can see why—but there is more. Bob is the head of the assembly department here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks. He and his pals are responsible for assembling the most perfect guitar components into one amazing cohesive unit. Here is yet another example of his beautiful work. Bob is probably too humble to tell you himself but he is also a great guitar player! I love to listen to this guy play. His band is really excellent as well. They are a big deal here in the Hollywood area playing quite a few very high profile gigs.

Bob probably thinks I have said too much about him already so let’s take a closer look at what Bob is holding. This guitar is the first of its kind. It is a Cobra Special all right but with three instead of two of our own P-90-style pickups. Not only that but it is equipped with switching that allows effortless access to all 7 possible pickup combinations. It makes this style of guitar much more versatile. The sound of our Soapbar pickups is a giant, fat, full single-coil tone and thanks to the Anderson “Extended Band Width,” it remains beautifully clear. This style of pickup really splits the difference between traditional single-coil and humbucker tone.

This guitar came about because of Missy. She is a professional player who lives in Atlanta and owns several Tom Anderson guitars. She was blown away by the Cobra Special she played at Atlanta Music Brokers and wanted to have one. We really like her! Anyway, she happened to ask if she could get a Cobra Special with 3 pickups instead of the traditional two. Well, for Missy we would give it a try. After Bob finished building it we all played it and were completely floored. Tom walked around for days commenting on how much he loved all the sounds this guitar created.

A Cobra Special features the shorter 24 ¾-inch scale length. The shorter string-length in combination with its all mahogany body and mahogany/rosewood fingerboard neck, create a very fat, powerful and concentrated mid-range tone. And when you include the aforementioned pickups, you have the most beautiful sounding and structurally stable guitar of this type found anywhere. Just ask Bob!




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