Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of May, 21 2000 through May, 29 2000

Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Bora Bora Blue with Binding

Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Bora Bora Blue with Binding

To date this may be the most accurate reproduction of the color Bora Bora Blue ever uncovered. Greenish-blue is a difficult shade to reproduce in a picture. That is why these photographs are a guitar-playing archeologist’s dream because they unequivocally prove the existence and continuing popularity of the tropical shallow ocean color. In many cultures this color is said to represent the beauty of nature. Historians and master guitar players alike are thrilled since it was the color that adorned the very first Tom Anderson Drop Top.

The Drop Top is an instrument, from its inception, that has been held in highest esteem for its groundbreaking technology. This technology allowed the body’s beautiful maple top to be bent, or dropped, to form an extremely comfortable forearm contour. Until that time guitar players who wanted a beautiful top and forearm contour found themselves choosing between tops cut away at the contour or bodies of half maple that produced a less than lush tone. Now the world has lush tones and beauty. What could be better?

This is also the color of choice for the little known Ubanashaw tribe of the South Pacific. They are a nomadic people who paddle from island to island playing surf music at the local luaus. So impressed are they with the quality, durability and tone of Tom Anderson guitars that they actually use their Bora Bora Blue Drop Top Classics as paddles for their outrigger canoes and as the instruments that define their surf sound. It is great fun to see them paddle up and plug right in. We do not however condone the use of our instruments in quite this manner.

Our very first magazine ad pictured a Bora Bora Blue Drop Top Classic that was almost identical to this one. Almost identical that is until we delve a little deeper. From the beginning, Drop Tops have been loved for their effortless playability and wonderful tone. We stated in that first magazine ad, “We are a small American company dedicated to creating the world’s finest feeling, playing and sounding electric guitars.” But anyone can say, “world’s finest.” However, what you may find fascinating is that since 1991—although they were very wonderful already--Drop Tops have gone through literally hundreds of improvements. In fact we have refined and improved every single part of our guitars--and it never stops! Some changes are large and some so small that many may wonder why we would even bother. But why wouldn’t we? The culmination of several small improvements significantly effects the overall quality and that just makes it even better and more enjoyable.

Okay, let’s take a look at this always new, time-honored classic—Drop Top Classic that is. To begin with the Bora colored maple top is still as stunning as the day it was unveiled. The beauty of Bora has never waned and as more outstanding colors become fashionable once again, Bora is in demand. The most often ordered body wood for a Drop Top Classic is a maple top with a basswood back but this one sports an alder backed body. Basswood offers a soft, full and focused midrange while the alder delivers lower-mid fullness and girth. The neck is solid maple which adds control to the high and low ends of the tonal spectrum. This neck’s backshape is the T/A Standard, and equipped with our most popular “Heavy” frets, plays more like liquid butter than ever before. All this amazing tone is escorted to your ears by way of our incredibly musical SA1 hum-canceling single coils that occupy the neck and middle pickup positions while our powerful H2+ brings up the rear. To hear how they compliment this maple/alder body is to enter tone heaven.

This Drop Top Classic, so reminiscent of our first poster child, is headed to Brian at Brook Mays in Dallas, TX and believe it or not will be available for a short time. Now is your chance to experience the latest and greatest Drop Top Classic ever!


• MODEL: – Drop Top Classic

• FINISH: – Bora Bora Blue with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Alder Back


• NECK WOOD: – Maple



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


• PICKGUARD: – White Pearl




• SWITCHING: – Switcheroo




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