Night had fallen upon Tom Anderson Guitarworks as we made our way through the front door and out into the parking lot. Another great day was coming to a close. We strolled to our cars and all wished each other a goodnight. Then I calculatedly blurted out, “Oops, I forgot my box of Froot Loops, I’ll have to go back in. You guys go ahead without me. I’ll see you tomorrow.” As their vehicles exited the parking structure I sprinted back to the front door. I can’t believe they fell for that old Froot Loops trick again.
Once inside I wasted no time. I had to play it—the first ever Hollow Drop Top Classic with a solid rosewood neck. I hadn’t been able to think of anything else since I test played it earlier that day. Through the darkened room I crept until I reached its protective hardshell case. The distinctive click of latches being released broke the silence. I opened the lid and gazed upon it once again. A chill went down my spine—the luminescent perfection of its rarely seen bindingless Tobacco Fade finish emoted with a spectacular natural serenity and warmth.
I lifted it from its crushed velvet cradle and held it close. I leaned my head close over the body so as to bond as intimately as possible. With one unplugged strum all was revealed, ringing out with characteristic Anderson unrestrained, robust sustain and volume. The 25 ½-inch scale length was easily identified by its wide frequency response and complex overtone structure while the alder backed body predominated the overall sonic character with its welcome, traditional timbre. But there was something else—something added—something powerful underlying everything. The entire guitar announced itself with an undeniable dominance rather reminiscent of a Harley lighting off—the obvious result of an all-rosewood neck assisted lower mid-range boost.
I checked the label on the end of the case to see for whom it was that we had built this magnificent instrument. It was heading to Eddie and Dave at Indoor Storm in North Carolina. One of the many things that make Eddie so valuable is his wonderful guitar playing. He possesses the “artist touch.” You can hear the guitar speak when he plays. This quality makes his counsel an invaluable asset as you search for that special instrument to bring forth your best personal tone.
It was time for a quick celebration of this new found sound. I felt a bowl of Froot Loops was in order. I grabbed the box, popped open the top and filled my bowel with…picks…guitar picks. The box was full of guitar picks and a note which read:
Did you actually think we would fall for the Froot Loops trick again? When you are done enjoying that magnificent Hollow Drop Top Classic with the solid rosewood neck please send it to Eddie.
Tom and the Gang
A few days later, when this monstrous Hollow Drop Top Classic arrived at Indoor Storm, Eddie and Dave open the case; Eddie held it in his arms and immediately christened it, “A Perfect Anderson.” We can’t help but concur!
• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic
• FINISH: – Tobacco Fade—without Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Solid Indian Rosewood
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030—T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White
• NECK PICKUP: – H1-
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Splitter and Add-Bridge Push/Pull on Tone Control—for 14 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Indoor Storm/Raleigh, North Carolina