It has been there since the very beginning—solid and unwavering in its generous endowment to the Anderson Guitarworks line, rendering music more free flowing and accessible wherever on the globe and in whoever’s hands it has appeared.
Surreptitiously sneaking up on you, the Pro Am can go unnoticed at first, when surrounded by its more ostentatious relations—such as Drop Top. But be warned: this unobtrusive instrument does not take a backseat to any guitar at any time under any condition! It fact, Pro Ams flat-out rip! But of course they do, characterized by your choice of a solid Alder, Basswood, Swamp Ash or Mahogany body, they adhere to the same unparalleled integrity and meticulous attention-to-every-detail as does every Anderson guitar ever produced—a very comforting thought as you take the stage or when the red recording light illuminates. It is pure joy in guitar form.
And because of its normally pastoral appearance and non-pickguard styling, it can also be a blank canvas for self expression. No one has proven this point more dramatically than Jim.
Custom Graphics is what they are—painted at Anderson with artwork applied by our good friend Dan Lawrence—an utterly gifted artist. This is definitely one sure way to guarantee your Pro Am will garner the visual adulation that its sonic abilities warrant. You have seen Dan’s work before with Hot Rod Flames and the Magical Mystery Tour, Classics and who could forget the Cookie Monster, Pro Am. But this one has got to be Dan’s biggest undertaking for us yet with the creation of the Rainbow Rising graphics for Jim’s Pro Am.
As Chuck was applying the clear coat and Bruce was doing the final assembly, we were all blown away by its all-out outrageousness ourselves. When I asked Jim how he decided to adorn his Pro Am this way and what meaning it had for him, he responded, “For me, he (Ritchie) has that one unique sound that hit me right in the gut the first time I heard him play, 30-plus years ago. It made me want take guitar playing seriously. Aside from a cool looking cover, I think it was Blackmore's “Abby Road.” You'll never hear any of those songs on the radio (2 of them are over 8 minutes long) but its just one of those records where the band really clicked. Unfortunately, it didn't last. Those 5 guys only made the one record together, but any Blackmore fan will tell you, “Yeah, Rainbow Rising, that's the one!”
Jim also chose two M1s for the neck and middle positions and an M3 at the bridge to effortless deliver boosted single coil performance, enabling him to grab a handful of Blackmore’s muscular tone without any kind of a struggle.
Who says you always need a fancy maple top to make people look before they listen?
• MODEL: – Pro Am
• FINISH: – Rainbow Rising—Custom Graphics
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Black
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Black
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – M3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & Bridge Splitter Toggle—for 11 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – Custom Painted Graphics
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Guitar Heaven/ Antioch, Tennessee