Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of April, 1 2001 through April, 2 2001


The Classic
Alder
Ice Blue Metallic

It is no laughing matter being held captive in a snow cave by Icelandic Ice Princesses. No matter how beautiful they are we all know it is substance that counts. Thank goodness that Tom had a Candy Apple Red, Classic with him so we could blast our way out. He unzipped the gig bag and unsheathed the instrument but to our astonishment it was no longer Candy Apple Red. Apparently the piercing cold had effected it in a way we could not have foreseen and the guitar was now a beautiful brand new shade, which we immediately named Ice Blue Metallic. Needless to say the Ice Princesses were so take with this new color that after we performed their favorite song, “I Am The Walrus,” they set us free vowing to attend our next gig and behave themselves.

We now re-create this brand new shade as a metallic version of our original Ice Blue color, which is a paler shade of Baby Blue (see Guitar of the Week Archives for March 18, 2001). With the inclusion of a mint pickguard, coffee-dipped pickup covers and a natural headstock the entire guitar has a wonderful vintage/new vibe that will more than thrill all who quest for the ultimate “old” guitar look. But it is its sound that is most impressive and will have Icelandic Ice Princesses demanding an encore.

A traditional sonic signature begins deep within its lightweight solid alder body. Alder is the wood most often found constituting the proverbial 25 ½-inch scale length instruments of the late 50’s and 60’s. If chosen and applied properly, alder sings with a wide, rich midrange that adds a full-body to single coil pickups—that giant woody tone. And these Anderson-built VA pickups are just the single coils for the job, emphasizing a soft percussive attack and designed to present alder’s full lower-mids blended with a touch of its characteristic upper-mid clarity. The neck and middle positions house a VA1 and VA1R (reverse wound) submitting archetypal output and hum-canceling combinations while the bridge location is occupied by the influential VA2. The VA2 is most impressive at preserving the ancestral attributes established by the VA1s while allowing a seamless transition when switching in and out of the bridge settings. Simply sophisticated switching allows access to all single coil pickup combinations imaginable without compromising the speed and ease of the favored 5-way.

The left hand (unless you play left-handed and then we mean the right hand) will delightfully find a comfortable home as it moves about our smallest neck with liquid-like ease—a T/A Standard with medium frets and a 1 5/8th-inch nut width. Its maple structure capped by an exotic Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, influences the timbre by softening the mids, adding fullness to the low frequencies and a touch of enchanting sparkle to the high-end.

The coming together of these parts creates an unrivaled musical adventure that is truly greater than the sum of all of its perfect components. Be warned! When you play The Classic you will enter an entirely new level of soulful vintage experience from which there is no return—of course, who would want to. It’s way better than being held captive by Ice Princesses. That’s for sure.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – The Classic

 FINISH: – Ice Blue Metallic

 BODY WOOD: – Alder

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Medium

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – Mint

 NECK PICKUP: – VA1

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1R

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA2

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way w Push/Pull Switch for 7 sounds

 PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Japan





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