Unquestionably, Clint Chandler is a Nashville Guitarslinger who has made quite a reputation for himself. And being a Guitarslinger extraordinaire, his axe of choice has traditionally been a 3-pickup, Hollow T Classic. It certainly makes good musical sense that his next move would be to add a Hollow Drop Top Classic to his Anderson lineup.
While we were in production with his beautiful Burnished Orange Burst, Hollow Drop Top Classic, Clint and his girlfriend just showed up at our door one fine day. They were driving a brand new, rented, red Mustang. We, of course, loved having them visit. Everyone had a very fun time. And we even let him think that we bought the excuse that they just happened to be in the neighborhood and thought they would stop by.
After a tour of the vast Anderson complex (don’t worry he did not see the secret underground testing area), Clint nonchalantly strode over to the downdraft sanding bench, asked which body was his and begin sanding with wild abandon. To say he was delightfully enthusiastic is a bit of an understatement. Thank goodness for Jesse. It was the calming facial expressions of our own Woodshop Master that convinced him to put down the orbital sander and step away from the bench.
Jesse and Chuck (the Dreaded Keeper of the Stone) both thought it important that Clint join in on the creation process. Jesse had him feel the perfection that is a T/A Standard neck carve in the raw and view the accuracy of an Anderson fingerboard radius. After donning the appropriate eye protection, Chuck showed him the subtle nuances of the finest finishes in the world.
What follows is an exclusive Anderson, Guitar of the Week, Clint Chandler interview.
TAGW: Give us the run down of what you have been doing?
Clint Chandler: I’m mostly doing the road thing, playing clubs, festivals, and some arenas—depending on who’s headlining the show. When I’m home in Nashville, I do a lot of showcases and a session here and there.
TAGW: Who are you out with, Josh Turner?
Clint Chandler: I was out with Josh, almost two years but recently I decided to make a change. I was ready for something different where I could play a little more aggressively. I started working with another artist, Brian McComas. He’s on Lyric Street Records. For a short while I was doing both gigs, bouncing back and forth while Josh was having auditions. Once he found someone he was happy with, I moved on to the McComas gig full time.
TAGW: Briefly describe the music?
Clint Chandler: McComas is considered country but at the live shows he really likes it rocked up. He has two guitar players and we both keep it pretty dirty most of the show. I play acoustic on one tune and the rest of the time it’s electric with my distortion on. I’ll switch pickups and roll back the volume from song to song so I’m not using the same tone all night. He likes it rockin’ though.
TAGW: Does Brian know how cool you and your guitars are?
Clint Chandler: Well he knows the guitars are cool! It’s not uncommon at all during sound check or after a show for someone to come up and say something about the Anderson—usually a local crew or sound guy that plays.
TAGW: Who got you turned on to Andersons?
Clint Chandler: A friend of mine here in town, Rod Janzen. He’s out with Dierks Bentley right now. He let me try out his Hollow T Classic. Two minutes and I was sold. I loved it! I picked one up for myself not long after that.
TAGW: So what Anderson guitars do you have now?
Clint Chandler: Well I have the Hollow T Classic and I have the new Hollow Drop Top Classic coming. I can't wait!
TAGW: What else would you like to have?
Clint Chandler: I’m looking at the Crowdster. I haven’t played one yet but I heard a friend of mine playing one with Chely Wright. It looked and sounded awesome. Very nice!
TAGW: Who does the backing vocals, you?
Clint Chandler: I used to sing with Josh but I don’t sing at all with McComas. They already had that covered when I came along. When I’m at home in Nashville I have a band that I play with called Raisin’ Cain. I do a lot of singing in that group. I love playing with those guys. It’s a place where we can all stretch musically and try different things. We’ll change time signatures or tempos in the middle of a song. Everyone in the band plays for different artists on the road so it’s hard to make our schedules work so we can all get together. When we do, we have a blast.
TAGW: Where are you guys in the charts now—working and promoting an album or supporting hits or…?
Clint Chandler: McComas is working on a new album right now. He just released a new single called “Middle of Nowhere.” They tested it before release and it had really positive reviews so we’ll see what happens. You never know in this business what’s gonna hit. We're pretty much still working off his last hit, “99.9% Sure.”
TAGW: What is your favorite dessert and do you use a napkin like mother said?
Clint Chandler: I love me some cherry cheese cake...napkin in one hand and fork in the other! My momma would be proud!
TAGW: Has Brian played a Crowdster?
Clint Chandler: I don’t think so. Maybe when I get mine I’ll let him get his hands on it—just enough to tease him, then I’ll take it away. Don’t want him to get too much of a good thing.
TAGW: What amps are you plugging into?
Clint Chandler: My main amp is a ‘74 Fender Twin. I’ve tried other Twins, even other 74’s, and I can’t find one that sounds like mine. There’s just something about it. I have a Voodoo Lab, Sparkle Drive that I leave on all the time. The Twin has so much headroom, it’s hard to make it break up with out turning it up so loud you kill anyone who steps in front of it. I leave the Sparkle Drive on and set it so it’s slightly dirty, like I’m really pushing the tubes. It’s loud, but not over the top. This works really well for me. When I was working with Josh he wanted a really low stage volume. Most of the band was going direct. I had a rack I would take out with a PODxt Pro and some other stuff in it. We were all using ear monitors so I wasn’t hearing any of my amp anyway. Going direct worked great for that situation. Now with Brian, we’re still on ear monitors but he likes the stage rockin’ so he can feel it. I finally have my amp back out with me. Give me my Twin, a Sparkle Drive, and an Anderson, and I‘m a happy boy!
TAGW: What other effects do you use?
Clint Chandler: Most of my essentials are on my pedal board. I have a Maxon overdrive, a couple of Line 6 pedals, the DL4 and MM4, a Dunlop wah, Ernie Ball volume. I just replaced my old CS2 with the Aphex optical compressor. I'm still getting used to it but I think I’m gonna keep that one. Doesn’t seem to color my sound as much. A Pedal Power 2 gives me all the juice. Oh, and I use the Peterson StroboStomp tuner also.
TAGW: What settings do you use on your Hollow T Classic?
Clint Chandler: I use the bridge pickup a lot. That pickup seems to work for any style if you color it right. I also love the bridge/middle out of phase thing. That gives me that quacky “Strat-sound” when I need it. The neck pickup is my other fav. That’s my main three.
TAGW: What additional sounds will your Drop Top Classic provide?
Clint Chandler: I have stacked humbuckers in it so that’s gonna bring a whole new sound that my Hollow T Classic’s single coils don’t provide. It also has tremolo on it. That’s another thing this guitar will offer my other Anderson doesn‘t.
TAGW: Where does the tour go this time?
Clint Chandler: I don’t think we’re leaving the US anytime soon but it’s looking like a busy year. I know we have Texas, California, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Florida, and where ever else the booking agent’s dart lands. I can’t remember where else but I'm easy.
TAGW: If you could be any animal what would it be?
Clint Chandler: I think I’d be a celebrity’s pet! Maybe Paris Hilton’s little Chihuahua!
TAGW: If you could be granted but one wish, what would it be?
Clint Chandler: Hmmm….maybe for a Crowdster to mysteriously appear at my doorstep—Maple top on Mahogany in Transparent Amber Burst with Binding!! That'd be nice!
• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic
• FINISH: – Burnished Orange Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilt Maple Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 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: – SA1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1R
• BRIDGE PICKUP: –SA2+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Splitter Switch & Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 14 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Clint Chandler