Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 28 2005 through April, 4 2005
The Week of April, 4 2005 through April, 14 2005


Atom
Maple Top on Mahogany
Sparkle Amber





Atom
Maple Top on Mahogany
Sparkle Amber





Atom
Maple Top on Mahogany
Sparkle Amber





Atom
Maple Top on Mahogany
Sparkle Silver

David Crowder Band meets Atom

Anderson Alert: There are really cool action shots hyperlinked into the text below so read on or just scan for the links. Above all…enjoy!

In the grand scheme it is difficult to tell where things actually have their origin because everything is part of the whole. All is intertwined. It is the dance of the universe. The stage can be set for things to come together in just the right way before we are ever even aware of their existence. Pretty cool!

But for the sake of story telling, there must be a beginning. The name of this beginning has to be Jack Parker, who started this whole crazy adventure that has spawned so much. You see, Jack was the original stand-alone Anderson guitar player in the David Crowder band. He brandished about a Transparent Blue, Hollow Drop Top Classic as his main axe. With a bit of healthy Anderson envy, David himself contacted us, and as one thing led to another a whole new type of guitar was born —the Crowdster—a live-music acoustic guitar. Now supporting many bands in their need for excellent and manageable acoustic guitar tones on stage, Crowdster is an instrument we didn’t even see coming on the horizon before its inception.

But how can you leave Jason Solly—the Crowder Band’s other guitar player—standing outside the proverbial door when there is an Anderson Guitar Party in full swing? The answer is, you cannot.

As Atom came into being, it became clearly obvious that this was a thunderous, mahogany-based, 24 ¾-inch scale length instrument that Jason could really wrap his hands around. And…Jack could get an entirely different Anderson sound to coordinate with the shimmeringly rich musical tonality of his Hollow Drop Top Classic.

The die was cast; the Anderson process was flowing. We secretly tested Atom in live applications for the better part of a year. Tom gigged with one every weekend and always came back in total tonal bliss. But how would Atom be in the hands of other professionals?

Jack received his Sparkle Amber and Jason his Sparkle Silver Atom 15 minutes before the show. That is certainly not enough time to acclimate to an entirely new instrument when you will be performing before a huge crowd—or is it? After a two-song sound check both Jason and Jack decided that playing the new Atoms would be the best move they could possibly make, and took the stage with Atoms all around. Ten out of twelve songs that night belonged to Atom.

Since he had all his homework done, we let Tom go to the gig. One of the many thrills of the night was to see 20-foot Atoms fill the entire Jumbotron screens. It was like liquid glitter—very inspiring—on many levels.

After the gig, Tom inquired as to which pickup settings they found themselves using most frequently. Jason replied that he used position 1 (M1 in the neck), position 3 (M1 neck + H2 bridge—split) and position 5 (H2 bridge—full power). He also was delighted because he got to spend at least half his time on the neck pickup—something he has never been able to do before with his old Gold Top “XYZ” guitar.

Turning to Jack, Tom asked the same of him. His reply was accompanied with a big grin, “I used ‘um all baby!” He expounded further, an Atom equipped with twin M1s in the neck and middle positions and a humbucker at the bridge is the perfect fly-date guitar because of its versatile ability to produce any sound necessary.

What about David? Well, Crowdster equipped, he is certainly confident enough to peek over the headstock of anybody’s Atom and stand tall. After all, he commands well-mannered acoustic guitar tones under all conditions. But he could not help but remark at how bizarre it was that this new Anderson is called Atom, because their new album cover, which has already been planned, will have an atomic symbol of electrons circling nucleus—coincidence or just the dance of the universe? Whichever it is, Dave was sufficiently moved enough to order an Atom of his very own—although the finish color is a carefully guarded secret.

So, in the end, all went well with the David Crowder Band that night—all except for this one kid (pictured here with the band) who was always asking if he could join. He kept saying that he has an Atom too—a likely story. Where would he get one? They haven’t begun to ship yet—but hopefully sometime in April they will hit the stores and you can play one. As always, the Crowder guys were very gracious about the whole evening.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Atom

• FINISH: – Sparkle Silver with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Dark Brown

• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Transparent Dark Brown Gloss

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Transparent Dark Brown Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Atom Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail

• TAILPIECE: – N/A • TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – N/A

• NECK PICKUP: – M1

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 8 Sounds—& “Kill Switch”

• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A

• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .011-.049 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating—Tuned ½ Step Down

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Jason Solly/David Crowder Band

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GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Atom

• FINISH: – Sparkle Amber with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Mahogany Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Medium Brown

• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Transparent Medium Brown Gloss

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Transparent Medium Brown Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Atom Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail

• TAILPIECE: – N/A • TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – N/A

• NECK PICKUP: – M1

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 8 Sounds—& “Kill Switch”

• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A

• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .011-.049 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating—Tuned ½-Step Down

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Jack Parker/David Crowder Band

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