Lower the Cone of Silence!
It is time for super-secret, high-level electric guitar information to be revealed. This could quite possibly be the most important Guitar of the Week ever written. Come with us now into the inner realms of Anderson.
It has to be said, so let’s just blurt it out: A Drop Top Classic and Hollow Drop Top Classic equipped with three M-Series pickups may very well be the most important guitar breakthrough of the decade—or even beyond.
Who would dare make such a bold and outlandish statement? One play of an M-Series, Drop Top Classic and all will be in harmony once again.
But first, let’s keep it simple, start at the beginning and break it down.
Everybody knows this body shape has long been the coveted style many guitar players prefer. Primarily a single coil instrument until the 80’s revolution added a humbucker option, it is still considered mostly for its single coil voice. In more recent years, crowning this legendary form with a maple top furthers its appeal and allure for those who want to add more flash to the look and effervescence to its sound.
Single coil pickups have a voice all their own and when this sound is desired, nothing else will do. They communicate with a wide and spread out bandwidth, imparting complex and multifaceted musical tonalities. Humbuckers are not capable of capturing the same sonic flavor—their offering is for a more muscular and focused application.
A romantic guitar, the S-style has always been considered a requirement by most every guitar playing musician wanting to express themselves within the single coil realm. Traditional S-sized pickups perform very nicely for some—but for even more players they do not quite hit the mark.
Why is this?
It is primarily for two reasons: one is the 60-cycle hum and the other is the fact that many find the sound of a traditional-output single coil pickup too thin to manage. (Hey, even Stevie Ray tuned down a half step and played huge strings to thicken his tone.) And an attempted substitution of the vintage units for fatter sounding pickups usually leads to a loss of character…
Until…Anderson, M-Series pickups appeared on the scene. Now all has been made right with the S-type guitar.
For starters, Ms sound bold and rich without losing one ounce of that all-important characteristically percussive pluck, whether one two pickups are engaged. Quack is at your command.
Flick the 5-way and step down a little harder with the right hand; these pickups have enough magnificence to deliver Jimi or Stevie without stress or strain. It is single coil satisfaction at its highest level.
What about hum? None, zero, zilch, nada. With the recording light lit, no worries. Recording engineers will love you.
And possibly best of all:
Unlike traditional-output singles, Ms love maple-topped guitars and enjoy bounding forth with gargantuan single coil abundance.
Enter the world of M-Series. The first real Uber-“Strat” has arrived…and is beautiful…where all flows freely.
• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic
• FINISH: – Deep Bora Bora Blue with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilt Maple Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Satin
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White
• 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: – Eddies Guitars/St Louis, Missouri