Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of June, 21 2004 through June, 28 2004

The Classic
Dakota Red

He had disappeared without a trace—vanished without a clue. No one had seen him for days and some were starting to worry. Where could he be? He was not at home and the place where he once worked had become like a ghost town without his special brand of unbridled jubilance and joy he brought there everyday. As hours became days, a search began. Many of the town’s people felt they needed him—needed the comfort and guidance of his wise counsel. They began by looking in the usual spots. Turning up nothing the investigation widened. Searchers looked high and low, over and under but to no avail. He was gone! There was a feeling of sadness and bewilderment that swept over the guitar players of the community, as though left to wander aimlessly through the wilderness of their own musical minds.

Just when all seemed lost, Brian miraculously reemerged. With long hair askew, a hint of sage on his well-worn clothes and a contented smile on his face, it was obvious that he had experienced some kind of transformation. With renewed clarity of purpose, he entered the world once again. Brian had been on a vision quest!

The vision quest is a Native American-inspired return to mother earth in order to seek answers. It is said that there is a calming power found in the solitude of being alone and at one with nature for days or weeks at a time. All cultures recognize the value of a quiet journey into the deepest recesses of the heart and the benefits of reaffirming their connection to the source of all creation and love.

Many times the motivation to embark upon a personal vision quest can come without notice and the person will inconspicuously disappear into the wilderness. Such was the case with Brian, sighting hidden divine inspiration within paragraph 6 from Guitar of the Week for May 11, 2003, in which he realized the spiritual depth and importance of the color, Dakota Red. It is rumored that Brian spent most of his time in the Texas desert searching for boulders painted as such.

Upon his heralded and enlightened return to civilization, he has sublimely reemerged at the world famous Charley’s Guitar Shop in Dallas, Texas, as a happy man—a more complete man—a man with a renewed purpose and deeper meaning for his life—and a serious haircut. He is ready to take you on a guided musical journey through the catacombs of your own heart and to bring you into oneness with the guitar of your dreams that will inspire your playing beyond any heights you have already attained. That’s a pretty big deal.

To celebrate his resurgence into modern society, Charley’s Guitar Shop and you, Brian had us create a very special Classic for this auspicious occasion. Being considered by many to be a holy hue, there was no choice but Dakota Red to adorn this enchanted Classic’s vintage curves.

Brian chose a roomy 1 11/16-inch nut-width for the ‘62 Roundback neck backshape—affording something of depth to hang with while ripping through your favorite riffs—substantial speed complements of Anderson’s Exclusive Stainless Steel Frets and perfected neck geometry.

Loading with VA12s in the neck and middle pickup positions and a VA23 at the bridge was no accident. The 12s are voiced for full-bodied, accurately-wound vintage single coil output but can be ramped to the next level with the flick of the VA-Booster mini-toggle switch—located between the volume and tone controls—for slightly warmer and more saturated sounds without diminishing the all-important vintage character—something rarely heard anywhere else. The VA23 makes its presentation by bringing the bridge position into sonic symmetry with the volume of the neck pickup, matching its energy levels note for note. The result is no drop in power when moving between pickups—a distinct advantage.

Rebirth, it is the natural process of the universe. Nothing dies but simply transforms—transforms into a higher state when left to the power of infinite creation. You are always welcome to join in.

And speaking of rebirths, check out the new Anderson Alley website. It is now up and running in all its glory.


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Dakota Red

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Aged White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & VA Booster Toggle—for 14 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped


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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Charley’s Guitar Shop/Dallas, Texas

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The Classic
Dakota Red

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