There have been times throughout our Guitar of the Week exploits that we have offered glimpses into the world here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks. In fact it was June 11th, 2000 that I took my life into my hands by allowing myself to be locked in overnight with the guard dogs that roam the premises. The only thing that saved me was doggie treats. Since that time we have become good friends. They now know my scent and I know theirs.
Tom chooses to have Irish Wolfhounds on patrol because they are the largest of the canines, extremely smart and some even say they are music lovers. But there is something else about Irish Wolfhounds, something that no one wants to talk about. Some say they are not quite like other animals, especially on the eve of the day of Saint Patrick—the Irish patron saint. But to us they have always seemed just like any other dog.
Well we happened to come in very early on the morning of March 17th. It was still dark outside. As we pulled up we could here music coming from inside the complex. We snuck up on the building, unlocked the front door without making a sound and slipped inside. It was almost totally dark. The faint red glow of guitar amplifier pilot lights could be seen illuminating the doorway to the next room from where the music was emanating. We looked at each other. Who was in there playing and where were the guard dogs? No one gets by the top dog, Killarney, or the others. We moved ever closer. Jesse readied his flashlight. Tom had his cell phone. Charles was set to spring into action. Laurie picked up a bottle of "Quick Detailer" and I had my camera. On “3” we jumped around the corner. Jesse hit the flashlight, Charles dove for the light switch and I snapped a picture. Tom gasp! There before us stood…Nah, you’d never believe us if we told you.
This stunning Transparent Green Burst, Drop Top is equipped with a sleek, fast T/A Standard neck—very easy for any man or beast to negotiate. It was gently removed, wiped perfectly clean and is on its way to the superb New York Guitar and Bass Boutique. The basswood backed body and original Floyd Rose locking tremolo bridge, delivers unparalleled 80’s and 90’s sound and feel—not to mention its ability to branch out into many more traditional styles thanks to its inherently complex tonality. The virtually infinitely versatile Switcheroo switching system grants complete control of the SA1R, SA1 and H2+ hum-canceling pickups to make sure the amp hears everything you have to say. Jimmy of New York Guitar and Bass even went so far as to choose to equip this “animal” with .009 gauge strings for a light, slinky feel and a liquid-like pick attack.
What else can we say but Happy Saint Patrick’s Day—a magic guitar on a magic day.
MODEL: – Drop Top
FINISH: – Transparent Green Burst with Binding
BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple Top with Basswood Back
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths with Locking R2 Nut
SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Countersunk Floyd Rose Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – n/a
NECK PICKUP: – SA1R
MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
SWITCHING: – Switcheroo
PICKUP COVERS: – n/a
PICKUP RINGS: – Black
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042
DESTINATION/LOCATION: –New York Guitar and Bass Boutique/New York, New York