I don’t know what to write or what to tell you about since Keith has proclaimed himself too humble and unassuming to be discussed in Guitar of the Week. Okay then, I’ll just write to myself. Now don’t be looking over my shoulder.
How does Keith do it anyway? Gelb Music is a virtual musical wonderland…a cornucopia of gorgeous Anderson guitars moving in and out—as though a living entity unto itself. He has to have personally laid his eyes on at least 75 different colors and hues adorning an uncountable number of our instruments. This selection would certainly offer most players more than enough to contemplate. So, was it the result of a mystic meditative experience or was Keith acting upon the profound knowledge and wisdom he clearly demonstrates so effortlessly everyday at Gelb? It is true, he does possess copious amounts of knowledge—the result of vast experience—but this is clearly more.
We turned to Professor Trembhar for answers. The professor heads up the Human mis-Behavioral Research Department here at Anderson Guitarworks. He believes this event to be the consequence of not one but both factors operating simultaneously—the right and left hemispheres of Keith’s brain performing in perfect synchronicity—as he describes it. How else could you possibly explain someone surrounded everyday and on all sides by an unparalleled, beautiful bounty of gorgeous Andersons and still have the clarity of vision to order a T Classic for himself finished in a color never before seen on an Anderson of any kind?
Dakota Red was the desire of his heart. We did our homework. The color has an automotive origin, arriving on the scene in 1958 where it embellished the flowing lines of Cadillac for one year. It was later adopted by Leo and the boys from 1960 to 1969 and was also used by other guitar makers of the day. Several paint companies provided versions of the shade and this is why the hue varied throughout its years of use. There is no one exact shade of Dakota Red; rather it refers to a red falling within a primary-red parameter.
With that significant and unforgettable fact documented, we delved even deeper as to capture the very essence of the true hue derived from the essence of its very foundation. We mounted our horses and rode off into the sunset—perhaps it was a Desert Sunset.
Anyway, what we uncovered is that Dakota is the name of the American Indian tribe also known as the Sioux. Located in the upper mid-west region of the United States, they chose certain significant large, granite boulders and painted them red as part of their religious practices. Perhaps the most famous of these red rocks can be found in the Minnesota town of Newport—until 1950 the town went by the name of Red Rock. Hence the name Dakota Red refers to the sacred shade of red the Dakota Indians use for their rock art. I wonder if the hue varied from boulder to boulder?
It had all become clear. We could now feel the exact shade needed to bless Keith’s new guitar and to be known from this day forward as Dakota Red—of the Anderson variety of course.
• MODEL: – T Classic
• FINISH: – Dakota Red
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Fishman Powerbridge for Plugged-In Acoustic Guitar Sounds
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – VA1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way Custom—Position 3 = Neck + Bridge
• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped on Neck and Middle
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music/Redwood City, California