Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of August, 11 2002 through August, 12 2002


Drop Top Classic
Maple Top on Alder
Burnished Orange with Binding

These are the hands of Bill Horn playing his brand new Drop Top Classic for the first time. Many say that Bill is kind of a Mickey Mouse guitar player or maybe just slightly Goofy. But neither is the case. They are merely confusing these adjectives with Bill’s regular gig. You see, among many other projects and credits, his regular gig is playing at Disneyland with his band—and the crowd loves them.

Bill not only wanted his very own Tom Anderson guitar but he had a vision—a vision for a new color. He asked if it would be possible for us to do Tiger Eye—but do it utilizing a base of Transparent Orange. Tom and Chuck agreed and yet another new color was born: Burnished Orange.

I thought I would continue by explaining the finer points of this new Drop Top Classic when an e-mail from Bill arrived. Maybe you should hear it straight from him. After all, he is a trained professional:

Roy and everyone at Tom Anderson Guitarworks,

Just thought I'd give you a report on my first gig with my "Orange Tiger." It happened to be a country gig.....and I can count the times I've ever played a “Strat” on a country gig on one hand. I've played a “Tele” with a B-Bender on almost every country gig I've had since 1974. I brought both my “Tele” Bender and my new Orange Tiger....planning to fall back on my Bender “Tele” somewhere on the first or the second set.

But that plan went out to pasture as soon as I played my first solo. At first, the sound was so big I had to check my amp settings to make sure the bass didn't get cranked up by mistake. But of course, it was fine and I was experiencing the huge - wall of sound - in your face - balls to the walls TA TONE! As I went from song to song and style to style, I flipped through the myriad of pickup configs with the glee and joy of a 9 year old boy playing his first guitar! WOW!!! WHAT MAGICAL COMBINATION OF FINESSE & RAW POWER!!!

Needless to say, I couldn't put the guitar down the whole night. At the end of each set I'd look at my watch and think man that hour went by way too fast......and then start counting the minutes till I could go on stage again.

A salesman from the Torrance Guitar Center frequents the club we were playing in. He knows the DJ and was standing with him next to my side of the stage. This guy just stood there the whole set staring at my guitar with his mouth in his hands, whopping and hollering during every solo I took! He could not find enough adjectives of praise to lavish onto this piece of art in my hands.

Again my many thanks and praises to everyone at the shop. Your contribution to excellence inspires those of us proud owners to reach new levels of musicianship and personal satisfaction.

Best Regards,
Bill Horn

What could we possible add to that? Here are the specs:

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

• MODEL: – Drop Top Classic

• FINISH: – Burnished Orange with Binding

• BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple Top with Alder Back

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – -.020 T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Fishman Powerbridge

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White

• NECK PICKUP: – SA1R

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SO1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – SA2+R

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Splitter and Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 14 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – n/a

• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Mesa Boogie Factory Store/Hollywood, California

• 07-22-02B





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