Even in the darkest hour we are reminded that there is no miracle too big or goodness to great to call into our lives, for it is the lineage of all. Consciously becoming aware of the unconditional, flowing love that surrounds us at all times, is to be set free. It requires no struggle and no appeasing—but a letting go. It appears as a result of an opening of the heart. Relax into it. You are safe after all, no matter what happens. Most of the time these gifts manifest unseen and only once in awhile are we even aware they are working around us. But there are those moments when it is undeniable that something has altered our collision course and guided us, once again, to the smooth road. Awareness and appreciation are an invitation of continuance and increase.
When Dennis called from “Big Orange Guitar” in Port Orange, Florida, (right next to Daytona Beach) to order a Crowdster Acoustic for his store, he knew that he wanted it to be shown in some kind of beautiful earth tone shade. And he also knew that he wanted it to be a little more unique than the ubiquitous (but also beautiful) Natural finish that graces the majority of acoustic instruments. But perhaps he was not fully cognizant of the deep ramifications there would be when he uttered the words, “…and let’s finish that in Tortoise.” He had just put into motion the “mechanism” that would meticulously create the very first Tortoise, Crowdster Acoustic the world had ever seen.
It was months in the making but well worth the wait. When it finally shipped, we called Dennis to see how he was enjoying the brand new arrival. The phone rang and was not answered with the usual, “Big Orange Guitar,” but rather, “Medium Sized Tortoise Anderson Guitar!” Had they changed their store’s name? I asked to speak with Dennis. The reply came back, “This is Dennis…guitar…Anderson…Crowdster…beautiful…sounds wonderful…neck nice…frets…ohhhh…tone so good…I play more now!” There was a long pause and the unmistakable reverberation of someone softly strumming a beautiful sounding acoustic guitar. Immediately realizing the gravity of the situation, I asked to speak with June. If anyone could help, it would be her.
June picked up the phone. Although there was an attempt at composure, I could tell she was starting to become concerned. “He has been like this for two days,” she began. “It all started when he open the case and saw the new Anderson for the first time. He is taking very nice care of it but he won’t put it down. What can I do? He hasn’t slept and he won’t eat. When I ask him why he just says he’s on the new South Beach Diet, but we both know it is the allure of the Crowdster. No guitar player can resist it!”
I explained that we have seen this many times before and there is nothing to worry about. “Do you have a bottle of California Spring Water on hand?” I queried. “I’ll get it,” was her instantaneous response and she dropped the phone. A moment later she was back on the line, “I have it!” With water in hand we tried to talk her in. “Hold the bottle in your right hand. Grasp the cap with your left and rotate counter-clockwise until you hear the distinct snap and release of the seal guaranteeing freshness. Remove the cap. Quickly now, before he is aware of what you are doing, splash the purified water on his face without wetting the Crowdster. June, can you do it?” A gentle but assured, “Yes, I think so,” was her response.
A moment later we could hear the unmistakable sound of gushing water—something we have become rather accustomed to when speaking with the wives of Crowdster owners. Shortly, June returned to the phone and said, “It seems to be working. Dennis is coming around now. He’s going to be all right! Thank you.” We could just make out Dennis saying something in the background. “Wait a minute,” she continued, “He’d like to speak with you.”
“Thank you guys. Wow, sorry. Nothing like that has ever happened to me before just by playing a guitar. But then I guess a Crowdster isn’t just ‘a guitar,’ is it? I mean when I picked up that lightweight, perfectly balanced hollow-bodied beauty for the first time, I couldn’t believe what my hands and ears were saying to me. It plays so easily and the neck is so comfortable! I can chord all the way up, even at the higher frets, without a struggle. And it is so in tune! But when I plugged in and realized I could dial-up such hardy acoustic guitar tones without the slightest worry of feedback I…” His voice just tailed off as a clamoring sound arose in the background. Then the sultry, unmistakable tones of a gorgeous plugged-in acoustic guitar filled the telephone once more.
June broke in, “He’s at it again. I’ll handle this!” Soothingly, she re-administered the Crowdster California Water Treatment. Thanks to June and our Anderson Intervention Hotline staff, Dennis is back and he is ready to offer this very first Tortoise, Crowdster to one of his lucky customers. Yes, Dennis will always have Anderson Fever—as any good guitar player should—but now he is ready to share Anderson Guitars with the world.
• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic
• FINISH: – Tortoise with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Brown
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.73-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small
• BRIDGE: – Ebony
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Acoustic Guitar
• DESTIONATION/LOCATION: – Big Orange Guitar/Port Orange, Florida