Adventure must be Tim’s middle name for it was only minutes after laying eyes on the first M-Series Hollow Cobra that he knew this could be the perfect guitar for his playing needs—although he had never actually heard one yet (nobody had at that time). But after reading Guitar of the Week for December 7, 2003, he intuitively grasped how the M1 pickups in the neck and middle positions of a Cobra or Hollow Cobra were the answer for so many guitar players who struggle to get that coveted, giant single coil tone from low-output vintage pickups.
To confirm and clarify his new musical revelation, Tim gave a quick call to the Anderson Sonic Support Center. After a short personal musical profiling session, he understood that although full-sized humbuckers are wonderful at delivering a characteristically saturated and aggressive midrange timbre, this was not the predominate personality he wanted his new guitar to feature. He saw clearly now that his desire was to have huge single coil tones effortlessly bounding forth to substantially fill their place in the mix, and also be able to occasionally cross over into humbucker-land when needed. This is certainly M-Series territory! And Tim was not the least bit disappointed to learn that all this could be accomplished while canceling 60-cycle hum.
He chose to mate the M1s in the neck and middle positions with an M2 at the bridge to give a perfectly balanced output when flipping between neck and bridge positions. Incorporating a 5-Way switching system specifically designed for M-outfitted guitars also puts an Add-Bridge Push/Pull switch and Master Bridge-Splitter mini toggle at your fingertips for 11 very useable combinations. To further insure that this will be Tim’s go-anywhere-and-do-anything axe, he requested a Powerbridge piezo system be incorporated into each bridge saddle allowing excellent plugged-in acoustic guitar sounds to be blended with the already earthshaking electrics or to stand alone.
With the sonic situation now completely under control, Tim still faced the biggest question of all—one that can waylay even the most resolute of musicians, “What color should I select?” For this decision Tim did what many intelligent guitar players are now doing: he perused the Anderson Guitar Gallery for hours on end! He walked among the Drop Tops and combed through The Classics, browsed the Baritoms and chased after Crowdsters. But in the end it was a Gold Top on a Cobra that caught his eye and held him captive. The Gold Top looms large in Rock & Roll legendry and for Tim it brought forward a rush of good feelings—the decision had been made. A daring move, it would be the first M-Series Hollow Cobra adorned in such a fabled fashion.
For one adventurous soul who laughed in the face of the then unknown, Tim has now stepped into electric (and acoustic) guitar tonal bliss—a just reward for the bold among us.
• MODEL: – Hollow Cobra
• FINISH: – Gold Top with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Translucent Brown
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard for Cobra
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge—with Powerbridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M2
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Bridge Splitter and Add-Bridge Push/Pull on Tone Control—for 11 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir Nanoweb
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/Nashville, Tennessee