Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of July, 3 2005 through July, 4 2005

Maple Top on Mahogany
Tiger's Eye Burst with Binding

To analyze the anatomy of an atom is to realize that what we perceive as solid matter is mostly empty space—or so says the current scientific theory. But just because there is no physical matter spanning the distance between nucleus and orbiting electrons does not mean that it is open space—far from it. The force that binds the atom into its inherent structure is part of the same energy that holds the whole universe together in the highly choreographed and intimately organized dance of life. This is powerful stuff. Einstein referred to it as the Unified Field—although he could never prove its existence, he knew it was there.

The energy transfer from Atom to guitar player is clearly evidenced by the sheer delight on Iain’s face. Iain is one of our illustrious Final Assemblers—and a really nice guy—here at Anderson Guitarworks. Actually, playing an Atom is something that is deserved to be experienced by any serious guitar player at the first available opportunity—it is just too darn good to miss. This is an entirely different feel, geometry and sound from Anderson than anything that has come before. It is the “other Anderson Guitar”—but still with that expected lightening fast, silky smooth, effortless playability and a comfortably balanced playing posture. It too makes everything you know come forth with renewed refinement and assurance. But more on this in an upcoming Guitar of the Week.

For now let us focus on the force that binds this extraordinary type of Atom into its inherent structure. It is an all-new and completely revolutionary neck-to-body union known as the “A-Wedgie” neck joint. This exclusive Anderson-designed, A-shaped architecture is completely revolutionary to the electric guitar industry. A fully-enclosed neck joint (not open on any side but completely surrounded on all sides by body wood) is, technically speaking, a 3-dimensional trapezoidal wedge.

What this means to the guitar player is a neck that can never move out of perfect alignment, while still maintaining a constant-pressure-union for the ultimate in sonic transfer between body and neck. And, with a larger contact surface than previous neck joints, more sound is undoubtedly invited to travel throughout the length of the instrument. Since the entire responsibility for immovably unifying this type of Atom falls squarely onto the shoulders of the advanced structure of the joint itself, two machine screws—located at the sveltely sculpted neck-heel—are way more than overkill for the minimalist job now required.

Yes, with Atom an unbreakable bond has been formed between neck and body. And once you strap on this innovatively new, and yet very familiar, guitar, another unbreakable bond will be formed.


• MODEL: – Atom

• FINISH: – Tiger Eye Burst with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Mahogany Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Transparent Brown

• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard


• NECK BACK FINISH: – Transparent Brown Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Atom Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail

• TAILPIECE: – N/A • TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft






• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 8 Sounds



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating

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

• 06-21-05P

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