Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of April, 17 2000 through April, 24 2000


Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder
Tiger's Eye with Binding





Drop Top
Maple Top on Alder
Tiger's Eye with Binding

The March 12th “Guitar of the Week” featured a first glimpse at the beautiful finish color called Tiger Eye. We also shared with you very privileged information on how the actual color was obtained. We parachuted deep into the Indian jungle at night and made our way to the “Dreaded Keeper of the Stone’s” jungle lair where we obtained the actual Tiger Eye jewel. We had thought that we had made our escaped from that jungle undetected but we had not. We were followed--followed by the “Dreaded Keeper himself.

Now as it turns out he is a very nice and talented guy named Chuck Downe. You’d think he’d have a more exotic name wouldn’t you? Anyway, he is also a guitar player who wanted an Anderson of his own. He said that he followed us just to make sure that we accurately reproduced the subtle nuances of the stone. He asked if he could have a crack at it and Tom agreed. The next thing we knew he burst forth from the paint room with these two beauties. The one in his left hand is a Tiger Eye Burst and the one in his right hand is Tiger Eye. Take a good look at the Tiger Eye. He claims that it is this one that perfectly replicates his precious jewel.

This Tiger Eye Burst has a rather unique look. It is a slightly darker shade of Tiger Eye Burst and doesn’t have the usual Drop Top binding—a great alternative look. The body features a basswood back with a highly figured maple top. There are many grades and quality levels, even among the same wood-type. The basswood used by Tom Anderson is of the very highest quality and produces a warm, soft middle with rich overtones. It is a wonderful sonic companion to the more fundamental sound of maple. Together they create a very even, musical tone. This one is also unique in that it is a total rock machine sporting a hot humbucking/single/humbucking pickup configuration and a Floyd Rose locking tremolo system. Its T/A Standard, maple/Madagascar neck shape plays like greased lighting and with the powerful H1, SA1 and H3 pickups its attack is liquid smooth. Now before you go mad, this guitar is going to Brian at Brook Mays in Dallas, Texas but he claims that this one is going home with him to stay. I’m sure they’ll be very happy together.

Now the “Jewel” itself is a Tiger Eye Drop Top with a breath taking flame maple top on an alder body. The alder produces a bit more lower-mid thump and a little less high-string clarity than does our most popular basswood Drop Top. The neck shape is our fast feeling T/A Standard. It is a maple neck with a darker colored fingerboard but can you guess which fingerboard wood-type was chosen for this special guitar? If you guessed Indian rosewood you are correct. It is Indian rosewood from the very same jungle whence our “Dreaded Keeper” made his home— an interesting coincidence I think. As you can see, this one-of-a-kind guitar features our most popular Drop Top pickup configuration—single, single, humbucker. It is loaded with our SA1R, SA1 and H2+ pickups. Last week’s “Guitar of the Week” featured a rather complete sonic description of these pickups. Feel free to check it out. These wonderful pickups are controlled by our B5 switching system which allows for series or split wiring with all possible pickup combinations

There is even more good news with this one. This Tiger Eye Drop Top is going to be with Eddie Burman at Music Loft in Raleigh, North Carolina. He will have it there for you--if you hurry.

Tom was so impressed with Mr. Chuck Downe’s superlative artistic painting skill that he said he would happily repay his kindness by giving him anything he so desired. This “Dreaded Keeper of the Stone” asked to be the painter at Tom Anderson Guitarworks and is responsible for all the wonderful finishes you see on every Tom Anderson guitar. This once feared jungle lord traded in his “Dreaded” title for a new one. He is now known as “The Man of Amazing Finishes.” I guess it is true what they say about music; it can tame the savage beast—or a dreaded jungle lord.



Drop Top
Maple Top on Basswood
Tiger's Eye Burst






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