The search for beautiful and exotic woods can take us to many different locales. Sometimes it could be a visit with a woodcutter or maybe a trip to a lumber mill. Other times we may find ourselves trekking through forests.
I am not sure how far or how deep we had gone when we came upon what appeared to be the ruins of an ancient temple. Its origin was unknown—inhabited or uninhabited, it was hard to tell for sure.
As we circled for a closer look, we caught a glimpse of a stone tablet—apparently, we were in the right place. Just behind it, choice walnut slabs had been placed and carefully stacked.
But that is not the weirdest thing. Neatly and precisely engraved into the underside of the top board was this inscription:
Peace from within spreads outward.
Seek joy for yourself; it is a gift to all the world.
Filled with joy the heart and mind act in accordance, uplifting and brightening all situations and conditions.
Seek real joy, not empty pleasures.
Make this the first walnut Hollow Drop Top Classic.
We were taken by surprise. Many questions remained: Who were they? From what ancient time long ago had their message of wisdom survived? How did they know the thing about the first walnut Hollow Drop Top Classic?
What could it all mean?
• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic
• FINISH: – Shaded Edge with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Walnut Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – all-Rosewood
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Gold
• PICKGUARD: – Tortoise Shell
• NECK PICKUP: – M1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: –M2
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Bridge Splitter Switch & Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 10 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – New York Guitar & Bass Boutique, New York, New York