Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 26 2001 through April, 1 2001

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Forest Green with Binding

It was early Saturday morning when I rolled my car from the garage. After weeks of rain the sun was finally breaking through the clouds. In the western sky a rainbow appeared. The colors were deep and strong. As I started down the street I casually glanced to my rearview mirror. Something glanced back at me. I slammed on the brakes and looked around behind me—nothing. I chuckled to myself, must be the light playing tricks I thought. I started to roll again and once more looked into the mirror. This time there was no mistake. There was someone looking back at me. He was small, green and resembled a leprechaun. I rubbed my eyes. This is the last time I eat 8 bowls of Lucky Charms cereal in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. I looked once again—still there all right. He spoke saying, “If ye be lookin’ for a real pot o’ gold, you must follow the rainbow.” This is really weird. Maybe if I just ignore it this will all go away.

I flipped on the radio:

“Somewhere over the rainbow.
Bluebirds fly.
There’s a land that I heard of.
Once in a lullaby.”

Okay…Judy Garland really sings that song beautifully but why is she on my rock station? I snapped off the radio and looked into my rearview mirror again—the little guy was still there. What choice did I have? I turned the car and headed for the rainbow. It was big and bright and easy to follow. My strange companion spoke again, “Follow the rainbow to its end.” As I rounded the bend in the road I could now clearly see the rainbow’s end. It appeared as though the bands of color were flooding into the front window of Tom Anderson Guitarworks. I pulled up, parked and glanced in the mirror—I was alone.

I dashed through the front door and there was my new friend again, sitting at the end of the rainbow playing a Translucent Forest Green, Cobra. With a laugh and a flash he was gone and only that beautiful guitar remained. I picked it up and exclaimed out loud, “Oh my gosh, even the mahogany neck back is a beautiful shade of green.” That is something we’ve never seen before on an Anderson. I noticed an empty case lying open nearby. This had to be the case for this guitar but when I looked at the “hang-tag” (spec sheet) it showed a Cobra all right…but in 6120 Orange and with no special neck treatment. “What!?”

I removed the hang-tag, since it no longer matched the guitar, and proceeded to examine this new manifestation. One strum unveils a brawny, robust tone that will not be intimidated. Cobra’s sonic character offers the mid/hot H1- and H2+ Anderson-built humbucking pickups the opportunity to perform complex chording as well as ripping full-bodied leads without becoming lost in midst of the other instruments. The curiously green Cobra Standard neck is a medium depth backshape that plays like greased lightning due to its perfect fret job and slick feeling finish—and it looks darn good as a complement to the Translucent Forest Green body.

I hope that Tim and Mark and all the guys at Atlanta Music Brokers in Roswell, Georgia are as thrilled with this first-of-its-kind, all-green machine as they would have been with the 6120 Orange that they originally ordered.

Can this guitar improve your playing? It sure does for me. Maybe I’ll have Lucky Charms for breakfast tomorrow.


 MODEL: – Cobra

 FINISH: – Translucent Forest Green with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with a Mahogany Back


 NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard


 NECK BACK FINISH: – Translucent Forest Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Fixed


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – 5-Way w Push/Pull Switch for 6 sounds




 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Atlanta Music Brokers/Roswell, Georgia

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Forest Green with Binding

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra
Translucent Forest Green with Binding

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