Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 24 2003 through March, 31 2003


Crowdster Acoustic
Maple Top on Swamp Ash
3 Color Burst with Binding





Crowdster Acoustic
Maple Top on Swamp Ash
3 Color Burst with Binding

Okay, you got us. It’s time to come clean—to confess to you the whole story. Why don’t you have a seat? It is time to lower the Cone of Silence! Tell us what you’ve heard so far. That’s right, it’s all true—every bit of it.

The name of this new and literally magical live-music acoustic guitar is the Crowdster Acoustic and it was aptly named for its unparalleled abilities to perform unmatched plugged-in acoustic guitar tones before a live audience in every type of venue and under all types of conditions without any of the usual muss or fuss. In other words, no acoustic feedback and no more re-EQing to try to regain control—just pure, lush, gorgeous, unadulterated acoustic guitar tones bounding forth from your acoustic guitar amp or PA system. All you need to think about is your music, your message and connecting with your audience. Pure musical bliss!

Now let’s be perfectly clear, this is not a revamped electric guitar but a pure acoustic-feeling instrument graced with an unforgettably silky playing neck—even in the higher registers—and precise intonation everywhere along the fretboard.

The name, Crowdster Acoustic, begins to grow on you and fittingly so for it clearly illuminates this extraordinary instrument’s unrivaled virtues. But there is another reason why we chose to christen it Crowdster and another reason why we are so sure you will absolutely love the way it performs before a packed house.

It appears to have all began with Jack Parker—an Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic Player. He is the lead guitarist for a major Christian Rock Band that tours 250 days a year, playing in all types of venues throughout the country. This band’s original songs are greatly loved and sung by many local bands in churches across America. So it was he who planted the initial Anderson seed—a healthy Anderson envy in the mind of David Crowder—the band’s singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player. By David’s own admission he brawled with his guitars every night on stage while Jack stepped effortlessly through the set list. Perhaps David believed that it was his lot in life as the singer/songwriter/front-man/guitar-guy to wrestle for control of his instrument but his life completely changed direction when Kevin White e-mailed David, wanting to book the David Crowder Band at The HoP, a popular Christian nightspot in California.

They got to chatting about musical gear and Kevin happened to mention that perhaps his friend Tom Anderson could solve David’s dilemma. David was very intrigued and e-mailed the legendary electric guitar maker for help. He outlined his typical front-man/guitar-guy quandary. Tom kindly explained that we understood and sympathized with his situation but as an electric guitar maker really don’t offer a guitar that would perfectly suit his needs. However Tom, being a big fan of David’s music and a lover of fine acoustic guitars himself, asked if he could ponder the possibilities for awhile. David and his band would be playing at The HoP in six weeks time and they agreed to meet and continue from where they left off.

The night of the big gig, Tom arrived early and to the delight of everyone walked through the door with a brand new proto-type Anderson guitar under his arm—a hollow chambered live-music acoustic that spoke with a beautiful voice and yet remained completely unchanged by a life in the spotlight.

David picked up the brand new guitar, strummed it and immediately noticed how loud and pure its unplugged persona. He was floored by the remarkable ease of playability and how beautifully in tune it was but nothing could prepare him for what he experienced when the guitar met the amplification system of the hall. It boomed forth with unrestrained dominance. He set it down against a couch and just stood there staring at it and shaking his head in awe.

That night the concept of an Anderson live-music acoustic became reality— but what to call it? David made it very clear that he was completely enthralled and could not wait to step on stage with one of his very own.

Back at the shop, we went right to work creating the refined and final version in a variety of wood combinations…but what to call it.

David, because of the altered tunings he uses for some of his songs, needed two—a Quilted Maple Topped/Mahogany back with a Natural finish and Flame Maple with a Swamp Ash back finished in a teardrop shaped 3 Color Burst. Fun was the day when David’s fraternal twins were finally finished, packed up and overnighted to meet up with the band on the road. David e-mailed the next day to express his love and appreciation for what had now been deemed the Crowdster Acoustic, not only in reverence for its abilities but for its inspiration as well—plus it’s a really fun name.

We have been receiving glowing reports from the road as these Crowdsters are put though their paces every night. The David Crowder Band dropped by for a visit and a check-up for their already well-traveled guitars.

Tom is always surrounded by his work.

David can’t decide which of these lightweight Crowdsters weighs less.

But alas David finally had to tell Tom, no when he asked if he could join the band—even though Tom is sporting his new David Crowder wig and beard set.

Editors Note: Not included with the Crowdster Acoustic, the David Crowder wig and beard set sold separately at the David Crowder website.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic

• FINISH: – 3 Color Burst with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Swamp Ash Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Indian Rosewood

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Black

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1.725-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Small

• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic

• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKUP: – Anderson EQ LR Baggs Piezo

• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Elixir Acoustic Guitar

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – David Crowder/David Crowder Band

• 01-09-03P

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic

• FINISH: – Natural

• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Brown

• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Black

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1.725-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Small

• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic

• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKUP: – Anderson EQ LR Baggs Piezo

• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Elixir Acoustic Guitar

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – David Crowder/David Crowder Band

• 01-09-03P



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Maple Top on Swamp Ash
3 Color Burst with Binding






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