Yes, you are correct, we did run this Cobra Special as Guitar of the Week two weeks ago, but now there is another bit to add to the story.
It has always been much more about how you do it rather than what you do that makes the difference. Whatever comes our way in life, it is we who decide how to respond. A wise one truly understands the profit in choosing actions that benefit the self and others equally. It is easier and more joyous than most are aware. It can be done with just a smile as it warms both the giver and the receiver. There are millions of simple ways and it will pay great dividends.
Many times we offer our best not really knowing if it has made a difference or not, still we do it because it just feels like we should. After we ran this guitar the first time we received a letter from Joe Funk in response to having his guitar appear.
Would you like to meet Joe?
When I originally got my Transparent White, Classic some time ago I always thought that this guitar must be the best one you have ever made—it is so great, nothing could be as good. Now that I own more than one Anderson it needs to be mentioned that I no longer have any doubt that every instrument you have ever made is the best guitar on the planet!! That is a truly remarkable accomplishment!!
With so much going wrong in the world there are many things more important than guitar worship to be concerned about, but everyone needs a little downtime if they can get it, so it’s a good thing. Now for a little melodrama: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME MY DAY IN THE SUN!! I AM DANCING A JIG!! I AM A CELEBRITY TODAY!! (Well, really just the guitar.) Fantastic layout for Guitar of the Week!!!!!
The greatest thing is when I take the laptop down to show my dad he will get the biggest hoot out of this! I think I have talked to you about my dad's cancer surgery before. You have just provided us with a great gift for his mental condition. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!
As always, you guy's are the coolest!!!!!!
Your customer for life,
So, did we give Joe the gift or did he give it to us? Really can’t tell because what goes around comes around. Spread the goodness, you can only create more good...and that’s not bad at all.
Below is the original Guitar of the Week text as it appeared two weeks ago:
This is one funk machine. Let’s get funky now! Get down!
I’ll count us in, 1, 2 & 3 &…Hold it! Wait just one minute there Mr. Funk.
I know the single greatest factor in determining the diversity of a wonderfully well built and performing guitar is the player but this is a Cobra Special. And although Cobras, of all kinds, are designed, by their very nature, to have a bit of a pleasing bite, Cobra is still primarily a crushing musical machine deriving its total awesome power from Mahogany-based construction and a shorter 24 3/4 inch scale length—something much more indicative of big rock tones or smooth jazz or…but usually not funk. Let’s just say if you want to “get down” in a funky way I would most intuitively consider reaching for something like The Classic with a Swamp Ash body and S-Series pickups before this Cobra Special with its bigger and more muscular P-Series pickups.
Point well taken. It is self evident and now well known that the sonic character of Cobra Special is its big, broad tonality with just a bit of a bite so you can cut through the mix while still sounding huge—a coveted characteristic lost to many other mahogany-based instruments.
But when we say funk in this instance, we are not talking about a certain style of music. We are talking about Joe Funk. This is his amazing Cobra Special. Joe knows exactly what he is doing because if Mr. Funk wants to get funky he already has that covered with his Swamp Ash, Classic. Joe chose Cobra Special loaded with P-Series pickups for another purpose—monstrous musical single coil sounds.
This is an excerpt from what he had to say after his masterpiece of Mahogany arrived:
The body wood is so cool looking. With the Tobacco Fade finish it takes on a different look in many different lights—unbelievable sound (of course) and love just gazing at the new neck joint. Many thanks to the Anderson crew; once again, I am stunned!!!!!!!!!!
Then Joe had this to say after the gig:
I kid you not, this combination with the Cobra is the holy grail of guitar sounds! The amp and guitar were made for each other in mahogany heaven!!
Yes, without a doubt Joe knows how to get funky—in everyway.
• MODEL: – Cobra Special
• FINISH: – Tobacco Fade
• BODY WOOD: – Mahogany
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 60’s Vibe (62 Roundback)
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Powerbridge—for plugged-in acoustic guitar tones
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Black
• NECK PICKUP: – P1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – P3
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way—Large Chrome Toggle
• PICKUP COVERS: – Black
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Lang Music/Columbus, Ohio