Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of June, 14 2004 through June, 21 2004

T Classic
Translucent Red

Embarrassed is the word—completely embarrassed to discover that after all these years of Guitar Gallery on the Tom Anderson website there was not one picture of a Transparent Red finish on an Alder body.

Wood Editors Note: Keep in mind that transparent colors vary in their hue depending upon the wood species used. So, Trans Red on Alder has a slightly different look than it would on Swamp Ash or Maple—not to mention the variation of each individual piece within its own species.

Anyway, thank goodness Ruben came to the rescue by ordering an Alder, T-Classic in Transparent Red. We shot pictures and away it went but before we could write timeless prose to accompany its portrait, Ruben had returned a rousing review of his own. Just so you don’t always have to take our word for it, we thought it might be nice to hear Ruben’s take on the matter.

Hit it, Ruben!

Tom, Roy and everyone at Anderson Guitarworks,

This is Ruben. I was in about two weeks ago to pick up my new Transparent Red, T-Classic that I ordered from the Mesa/Boogie store in Hollywood. Before I headed out, you asked me to open the case and take a look at it. Boy, did you guys do an amazing job on the finish. Well, you also asked for a full report after I had a chance to play it for awhile. Thus, here is a slightly longer email than I would normally write to you. Don’t worry, it is only a couple of paragraphs long.

First off, I want to explain why I chose a Tom Anderson, T Classic. I have always been a humbucker person and grew up listening to Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. (I already have a Cobra to take care of that stuff.) But I also had an interest in single coil tones. I listened to the Stones and Dwight Yoakam—who is one of my favorite country artists. Thus, when it came time to get a good Telecaster-style guitar, I went with a Tom Anderson. You guys make instruments that are levels above the rest. Not only that, but I also got to choose quite a few options that I wanted and could not find anywhere else. I chose transparent red, a vintage tremolo bridge, locking tuners and a T/A Standard neck backshape with a 1 5/8-inch nutwidth. I even opted for body contours to get that perfect body-to-body fit.

Second, I wanted to relate my experiences with this guitar. Now that I have owned it for about two weeks, I have had a lot of time to play it. I am not a professional musician. I do it for fun. I will jam every once in awhile, but for now I have given it a good run at home. It is by far the best Tele-style guitar that I have ever played! I love the action, the feel of the neck and the sound is just amazing. You helped me in choosing the body wood based on a sound I was going for and man you were dead on. Thanks!!! My last “Tele” was way too bright and brittle. And my girlfriend compliments the color of the new Anderson every time that I play it. My amp and effects also thank you guys.

Overall, this is a piece of art that could not have been made any better. There is no doubt that everyone at Tom Anderson loves what they do. Thank you for such a great guitar as well as putting up with me the many times I have been in there.

Take care. I will be sending in my registration soon. I am now looking forward to my Tom Anderson guitar strap.


After we read Ruben’s email, we responded to ask if it would be all right to quote him. His reply cam back:

Tom, Roy and everyone at Anderson Guitarworks,

Of course you can quote me. I am definitely a Tom Anderson supporter. Why else have I sold off all of my other guitars?


Yes, Thanks Ruben and Happy Playing from all of us at Tom Anderson Guitarworks!


• MODEL: – T Classic

• FINISH: – Transparent Red

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir Nanoweb

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

• 05-18-04A

T Classic
Translucent Red

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