Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of June, 18 2001 through June, 25 2001

Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Translucent Purple with Binding

People do make mistakes. They may say and do things for which they are later sorry. When this happens it is important to remain clear thinking and unattached otherwise pride can enter and then we find ourselves struggling for a solution that will not come. The more we defend our position the larger the distance grows. Under these conditions if we succeed in pushing our point until others submit, a distance is created and real closeness is lost. Defenselessness and gentleness can appear to many to be weakness but in fact it is a sign of great strength. It is the only true strength when applied with confident awareness.

How then do you say you are sorry? How can you make amends and restore lost trust to a valued relationship? Not too long ago you might have been called upon to dual to the death. But today we are more developed and employ more civilized methods of solving our differences. Still these usually fall short of the mark. But since the beginning of time apology and forgiveness have always been the magic healing formula that will restore life and wholeness. I must now apply this ancient mystic technique to realign with the universe once again. I must make amends to…the Drop Top T.

This is a spectacular instrument that flat out rocks but it has inadvertently been hidden from view and shown only in a specialized form with twin Soapbar-style pickups. When outfitted this way it gushes with gorgeous tone (you won’t believe your ears) but this is not the usual way a Drop Top T appears. So, “I am sorry, Drop Top T.” The impressive Drop Top T is the single cut-away version of our legendary Drop Top and is usually found equipped in much the same way. The Drop Top T is chosen by players who prefer the single cut-away’s look, balance and characteristic robust tone.

The Translucent Purple pictured here is very similar to the original Drop Top T that appeared on the scene in 1991. The characteristically even balance and smooth midrange focus of the basswood body-back is expanded by the addition of an exquisite maple top. The overall result is greater low-end fullness and an upper-end vocalization that allows the Drop Top T to deliver from the stage with a robust, commanding authority. The Drop Top T’s is most notably distinguished by its contoured, single-cut-away, maple-topped body. This customary shape also participates in the Drop Top T’s overall sonic personality by adding its own flavor of low-end power not found anywhere else.

To further the sonic cause of this smooth playing guitar is the inclusion of a humbucking/single/humbucking pickup configuration. Chosen were the H1 for the neck position, the hum-canceling SA1 in the middle and the muscular and musical H3 at the tail. This combination demonstrates Drop Top T’s attributes with giant, wide-bandwidth, harmonious, power that will not be overshadowed. But because of the uniquely versatile Switcheroo switching system, virtually all-usable guitar tones are at your fingertips—from shimmering single coils to saturated, legato, singing single-note solos and everything in between.

The now honored Drop Top T has a plethora of bridge options from which you may choose—once again allowing the guitar of your dreams to be made manifest. Equipped with a counter-sunk Floyd Rose, this one enables the execution of all kinds of tremolo gymnastics while remaining in perfect “Buzz Feiten” tune—a feat unparalleled anywhere else. If you still love to play a locking trem but are afraid that you will be giving up tone, fear not! This guitar surges with copious amounts of rich tone throughout the entire spectrum. The Floyd signature timbre contributes a touch of new-string clarity to the totality of the bandwidth—something quite desirable especially when pumping with distortion through a 4x12 cabinet.

So, sorry and look for more spectacular Drop Top T’s coming your way during the “Anderson Fun Summer Drop Top T Extravaganza!”

How’ that for an apology?


 MODEL: – Drop Top T

 FINISH: – Translucent Purple with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top with Basswood Back

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Metallic Purple

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Translucent Purple


 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch with locking nut

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Floyd Rose


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – Switcheroo




 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Mesa Bogie Factory Store/Hollywood, California

Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Translucent Purple with Binding

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