Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of August, 23 2004 through August, 30 2004

Pro Am
Custom Graphics-Cookie Monster

Pro Am
Custom Graphics-Cookie Monster

Pro Am
Custom Graphics-Cookie Monster

Pro Am
Custom Graphics-Cookie Monster

Creativity, it is one of the vital gifts that can serve to elevate our lives when properly applied.

Ah, the mystery and the magic of human creativity, but from where does it come? Why do some have it flowing through them in abundance while others do not seem to be able to recognize the process until it finally appears in a complete and tangible form? Perhaps it is this aspect that makes our world such a surprising and delightful adventure in which each and every one of us is asked to play a unique and vital role. The more kindness and understanding with which we participate is directly related to the quality of what we experience because in the end, it is not what you did but how you did it that counts for everything.

Because they are unencumbered by preconceived notions, children seem to possess the ability to be effortlessly creative. Many experts believe that retaining the childlike portion of our personalities allows us to remain spontaneous and creative.

For many, deciding upon the finish that will best embellish the Anderson of their dreams while accurately reflecting the player within can require more thought than any other feature of a new instrument. There are just so many choices. But Maddy Cross is a creative and confident girl who knew instantly exactly what needed to appear on her guitar in order to express herself most completely. And from his vast experience, her dad, Christopher Cross, knew just which guitar company should bring his daughter’s vision into being. Thus it was from this seed of creativity that Maddy’s sleek and buttery playing Cookie Monster, Pro Am was born.

After this magnificent Monster Guitar was delivered to Maddy, we received a delicious basket of cookies and a very nice note as a thank you that was greatly appreciated and quickly devoured.

Editors Hint: Cookies are always a nice way to say thanks to the folks at Anderson Guitars—even if your guitar isn’t covered with them.

What follows is an interview with Maddy Cross that we found to be so charming and genuine that we left it just as it was first given and completely unedited.

TAGW: How old are you?

Maddy: I am 12 Years old.

TAGW: Have you liked Sesame Street since you were a kid?

Maddy: Well I used to watch it but I have always loved the Cookie Monster, he is just cute but I don't watch the show now.

TAGW: Did you grow up watching it?

Maddy: When I was little, they taught me my ABCs.

TAGW: Why is it cooler than other shows?

Maddy: Well it really teaches younger kids how to learn. I used to have a three-year-old next door neighbor and she would ask me to do “Elmo Aerobics.”

TAGW: Why is Cookie Monster the best character?

Maddy: He is just so cute.

TAGW: Well, what about Elmo?

Maddy: I love him too but Cookie Monster is cooler and I think Elmo is more for little kids. I am older and just care about the cuteness.

TAGW: Who was it that decided the guitar should have Cookie Monster's picture? Was it you or was it a surprise from your parents?

Maddy: Yes, it was a present from them.

TAGW: Is blue your favorite color?

Maddy: No, pink is.

TAGW: What is your favorite cookie?

Maddy: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.

TAGW: What did your friends and guitar teacher say when you walked in with the “Cookie Guitar” for the first time?

Maddy: They all thought it was awesome and really cool that it was made by Tom Anderson.

TAGW: Did you name the guitar?

Maddy: No.

TAGW: Are you in a band with your friends yet?

Maddy: Yes, me and my best friend Rachel are starting a band together. It will be a rock band. I am singing and she is playing guitar. We are finding other band members. If you know anyone from the ages 11-13 contact me at

TAGW: What is your favorite type of music?

Maddy: Rock and Roll.

TAGW: How does it feel to be playing perhaps one of the coolest guitars ever made?

Maddy: Awesome! Although, I wish my brother would stop stealing it and letting his friends play it without asking.


• MODEL: – Pro Am

• FINISH: – Cookie Monster—Custom Graphics

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – -.020 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






• SWITCHING: – 5-Way—Christopher Cross Custom



• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042 Elixir® Strings with NANOWEB® coating


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