Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of June, 3 2002 through June, 10 2002


Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Translucent Plum

Home of the stars, entertainment capital of the world, agents, managers, the film industry, record companies, television studios, the Walk of Fame, glitz and glamour and the hub of the music industry—where else but Hollywood California! Hollywood is home to a number of spectacular things, many of which allow for a sharing of our common human experience. That can be a very healthy thing.

Further exploration into this unique metropolis must include a trip down legendary Sunset Boulevard. It is there that a cluster of some of the coolest music stores on earth are revealed—known to many as “Guitar Row.”

Approaching from the east, a sign looms high on your left, your pulse races a bit as you recognize the logo. Yes, this is why you have come—a pilgrimage to experience the largest gathering of Mesa/Boogie amplifiers and Tom Anderson guitars anywhere in the world. Are you in heaven? Perhaps some would consider so. You have now entered the Mesa/Boogie Factory Store. This is a place where tone oozes from every corner, a place where you would love to accidentally be locked in overnight and in the morning you still would not have been able to try it all—all the sonic variations of every Anderson through every Boogie utilizing every setting of every guitar and every amp. I know there are other things in life but I’m just not sure what they are right now.

The legacy that is the Mesa/Boogie Factory Store was the first to offer Tom Anderson’s life-changing instruments to guitar players—beginning in the mid 80’s. To Boogie we feel we owe heartfelt thanks for much of our success. These three guys, Jimbo, Johnny and Jay, have a rich history and a deep understanding of what a Tom Anderson guitar really is and can become. Not only do they have a large selection of usually-seen Andersons but they always seem to stock a few unique pieces that deviate just enough from the norm to plunge deep into “Extremely Cool.”

A perfect example of this depth in understanding is their latest Drop Top Classic. With over 100 finishes offered, many colors are relatively unknown to all but the most experienced in the art of Anderson. The dark and rich hues of Transparent Plum are rarely found hanging on music store walls yet it is absolutely gorgeous in person. They decided to take this one even further by opting for more traditional rounded body edges to replace the standard Drop Top body binding—something that can only be done on select darker colors and some bursted finishes. Understanding subtle nuances, they nominated Madagascar as the rosewood to best harmonize with the maple topped/alder backed body, while the brown fingerboard’s reddish/purple hue merges perfectly with the body’s deep burgundy cast. Undeniably cool! Versatility is set at maximum with the hum/single/hum application of the mid-power H1-, SA1 and H2+ pickups, all controlled with a fast moving 5-Way switching system that offers 14 sounds.

Yes, this is the esteemed Mesa/Boogie Factory Store in Hollywood California.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

• MODEL: – Drop Top Classic

• FINISH: – Transparent Plum

• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Alder Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White

• NECK PICKUP: – H1-

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Split & Push/Pull Tone Control for 14 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Mesa/Boogie Factory Store/Hollywood, California

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Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Translucent Plum





Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Translucent Plum





Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Translucent Plum






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