Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 7 2005 through March, 14 2005

Hollow Atom
Firemist Gold

NAMM Tremolo Tips 101

Notice the pinky placed just so—close to the tip of the bar? Try doing that with a vintages-style tremolo.

As you move toward mastery there is a certain technique for everything. But when you begin to feel it in your soul, something stirs and you become one with that of which you are surrounded. Your true nature flows unrestrained, communication opens and you can speak volumes with your instrument.

Atom features a beautiful Wraparound bridge that offers unprecedented stability and ease of operation, making your musical journey smooth and free. That is the way a great guitar should be. But another interesting Atom option can be had to further expand this new guitar and expound upon its new bridge’s attributes.

When Pete Anderson stopped by our NAMM Booth, he could not leave without playing this Atom as well—because inside is sequestered visually undetectable hollow sound chambers and atop is the eye catching sight of a Bigsby Tremolo tailpiece.

A Bigsby requests a softer touch than does a vintage trem, but its bar travel is longer in order to get the same pitch migration. This enables you to move around on this one while still staying within musical parameters—plus finer increments are more easily available. Bottom line is that it is just so darn fun to play. And true to Anderson form, its tuning stability is unbelievably good, and chords still bloom with uninhibited voracity.

All right, enough of that already. Maybe the secret lies in the approach, as we see Pete sneaking up on the bar, preparing for his famous pinky press. Lets all try it…ready…pinkies up and…

Nick Sterling paid us a visit two days in a row, and on the second day he enthusiastically asked if he could experience this Hollow Atom for himself. When he plays, sparks all but fly from this young man’s fingertips—no kidding. It is undeniably clear that he has a gift. But the reason that his gift is so well focused and Nick remains such a well grounded and nice guy is largely due to this man—his father. I know Nick appreciates him now but one day he will look back and not believe the depth of the gift his father gave to him.

And finally one question remains: who is this person anyway? He dropped by the booth and stayed for ever so. He just couldn’t let go of Atom. We pulled on it a few times to try and release it from his grasp but he would have any of that. He really seemed quite knowledgeable though and certainly knew a good thing when he held it. Pretty smart guy we’d say.


• MODEL: – Hollow Atom

• FINISH: – Firemist Gold

• BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Brown

• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Transparent Brown Gloss

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Transparent Brown Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Atom Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail

• TAILPIECE: – Bigsby Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking






• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 8 Sounds



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Charley’s Guitar Shop, Dallas, Texas

• 01-14-05A

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