As I turned, there he was, in person, standing before us in our NAMM Show booth. Everyone knows him, he is David Crowder of the David Crowder Band—a prominent and profound musical communicator of our time—loved and respected—and rightly so.
As the story is now told, it was David who inspired the creation and even the name of our magnificent live-music acoustic guitar: the Crowdster and Crowdster Plus. But as it is with so many tales through time, there is often a variance between the legend as it is known and the actual facts of real events as they unfolded. There is another story—parallel and not—of a man, his origin and why this thunderous Live-Music Acoustic Guitar bears a name so similar to his own.
Pull your chair closer. We are about to reveal not one but two differing perspectives on already established and time-honored traditions. Both are highly controversial but enlightening just the same. In some ways it may be considered a delicate matter to be shared with only those wise enough to understand, so when Shakespeare wrote, “The better part of valor is discretion,” he may have been speaking to us—or not.
Born and christened David Smasseltoff, this young man showed a gifted propensity for music and profound thinking, mixed with an ability to enjoyably share with others. He had something to say out loud—to play before crowds. However, by the time he was grown and was ready to step out, the world was confused. All responded very favorably to the demo of his music, of course, but as his manager would attempt to book a gig people would invariably respond by asking if David was going to be wearing his swim suit and if Pamela Anderson would be accompanying him. “What? Ah, no,” was the reply. “Sorry then,” was the response, “not interested.” It happened again and again just this way.
What was going on here? A few times David tried wearing a swim suit on the outside of his pants but it just wasn’t the look he was after. Dejected, he and the band really didn’t know what to do. David thought that perhaps if he elevated his live sound to the apex of tonal response, control and playability all might change. He knew what he had to do. He immediately procured, not one but two, Anderson Guitarworks Crowdsters and as promised he was hurled to new and literally unparalleled musical heights. Yes, musically he was more satisfied than he had ever been.
So, his manager tried again—but still the response was the same. No one wanted him unless he wore beachwear. Was this some kind of weird new episode of the Twilight Zone being played out before him? Holding one of his new Crowdsters for comfort and encouragement, he pondered as he stared and flipped channels on the television before him. Coincidentally he paused to watch the end of a Twilight Zone on the “oldies” channel. It was the one where the corn monster is about to eat the head of a woman until he learns she is actually from Venus.
Well, that part doesn’t matter…anyway…
The next show up was Baywatch. It only took 2 tenths of a second to hit David like a bolt of lightening: “Me, David Smasseltoff, I am being totally confused with David Hasselhoff! That’s why everyone wants me to wear shorts and flip flops and smell like I am slathered in suntan lotion all the time. They are not even listening to my music!”
Mr. Smasseltoff knew right then and there he needed a new name, a name that would catapult him forward—but what? He held his Crowdster close and looked down at it gleaming in his hands, it seemed to be calling his name—his new name: Crowdster…no wait…not Crowdster but Crowder.
That was it: David Crowder!
He was so excited he could hardly keep the phone in his hand as he dialed his manager. Elated with David’s new last name, the manager made a few quick calls, everyone responded with a resounding, “Yes,” and the rest is history. David Crowder was born. Smasseltoff was no more.
The Crowdster Plus that David Crowder is holding here in this NAMM Show photo is also different than the legend that precedes this instrument, for although its body is still substantiated by a Mahogany back and sides, the top is not maple or spruce but rather an exotic piece of Koa—gorgeous, rich reddish/brown hues highlight its character. We have never shown a Crowdster this way before. This wonderful wood can only be found growing on the Hawaiian Islands—a very rare treat, indeed. Sometimes this wood is available and sometimes it is not. And you know what that means.
• MODEL: – Crowdster Plus Acoustic
• FINISH: – Light Shaded Edge with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Koa Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.73-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Acoustic-style
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• ELECTRIC PICKUP: – CMA
• ACOUSTIC PICKUP: – Anderson EQed LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Electric Volume—Acoustic Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass—Electric/Both/Acoustic Mini-Toggle—Mono/Stereo Subterranean Push Button
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Elixir® Acoustic Guitar with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Mass Street Music/Lawrence Kansas