It is not like we actually own the mini-sub but Tom does have nautical connections and we did feel it necessary to explore the deeper ocean waters farther from the shore of Bora Bora.
As we began our dive, each of us was plastered to a porthole. The water rushed over the hull and the pressure began to build. We leveled off at four fathoms. Ralph rigged for silent running, Charles manned the sonar and Jesse barked, “Up periscope.” Now we didn’t really have a periscope but Jesse loves saying it anyway because he really liked the movie Hunt for Red October—and Jesse can do a great Sean Connery imitation. All the while we were submerged, Eric couldn’t stop humming his favorite submarine song.
Although our surroundings still possessed that same greenish-blue Bora Bora Blue hue, it wasn’t the same anymore. It was different; a richer much more intense color engulfed us now. The ocean was beautiful at this depth—even though Bruce kept making submarine noises in my ear. Profoundly inspired as he looked from his window, Chuck began to mix the paint that would become Deep Bora Blue. When the formula was perfected, Tom gave the order, “Blow the ballast tanks. Surface…Surface.” Back on the island of Bora Bora, we caught the next plane bound for California. We couldn’t wait to return home and apply what we had learned.
The result is this wonderfully deeper shade of Bora Bora Blue which we have fittingly entitled Deep Bora Bora Blue. First glimpse was a small hyperlink long-shot adorning a Drop Top we took to the NAMM Show in January, where it caused such a commotion that it had to be surreptitiously removed from the Anaheim Convention Center two hours before the ending of that show. When we returned to Anderson Guitarworks, we were barraged by inquiries wanting to know what had become of this debut Deep Bora. Alas, it had already been promised to our good friends in Japan. They were delighted while others were disappointed. We couldn’t have that. But we still had Chuck and we still had his magic formula, so we set about creating a few more Andersons of all varieties, arrayed thusly and sent forth.
One such masterpiece is this magnificent Hollow Drop Top Classic bound for American Music in Seattle and under the care of Jeff Hornbeck. As beautiful as these pictures are and as impressive as technology can be, believe me when I tell you that digital does not yet possess resolution fully capable of capturing all the amazing subtle nuances and variation of color experienced when staring this instrument in the face. It is simply breath taking!
Its Basswood back supports a stunning Quilted Maple Top and resounds with almost infinite sustain, while ringing out with a broad, even mid-range that produces frequencies humbuckers love to listen to and sing along with. The maple top and sealed hollow sound chambers make sure the hum-canceling single coils do not feel left out and emote with abundant life. Jeff chose to equip this particular Anderson with a set of .009 gauge Elixir Nanoweb strings, offering graceful legato and speed for those who enjoy a gentle right-hand technique.
Give Jeff a call, he has a cool souvenir from our vacation.
Editors Note: The first-ever appearance of this color spawned in the lagoon of Bora Bora actually emerged in the summer months as a Guitar of the Week when Tim, of Atlanta Music Brokers, insisted he needed some other South Pacific shade to embellish their store.
• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic
• FINISH: – Deep Bora Bora Blue with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Basswood Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White
• NECK PICKUP: – SA1R
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
• SWITCHING: – B5 with Master Split & Push/Pull Add-Bridge Switch—for 13 sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – American Music/Seattle, Washington