From the rooftop a magical sound reverberated throughout the city, so compelling it brought traffic to a virtual standstill as everyone gazed skyward. More than mere music, it spoke with the inflection of an old and dear friend—someone who touches your very soul. What no one knew then was that this was the last time The Beatles would ever play together before a live audience—the very last time. That which had influenced the way each and every one of us would approach music, either directly or indirectly, was coming to an end.
In his hands, George Harrison held an all-rosewood Fender Telecaster, executing some of the most brilliant counterpoint ever recorded. This rare instrument was constructed in the fall of 1968 under the guidance of Roger Rossmeisl and was extensively built by Phil Kubicki. Roger had come to Fender from Rickenbacker where he had designed other models for the Beatles. Phil later went on to start his own company, Kubicki Guitars.
This historical concert, performed on the roof of their Apple Studios building, was preceded by rehearsals and recording sessions leading up to the event. Eventually, an album and a film by the same name documenting it all were the result. If you have never seen the movie, Let It Be, it’s certainly worth renting.
Now don’t say we haven’t warned you about Tim of Atlanta Music Brokers. When no one is looking he will order some of the most amazing Anderson Guitars ever created. When you walk into their store you can easily be swept off your feet. After all, wasn’t it he who decided that a Transparent Black Cobra with a Black satin painted neck back would be a good thing? And wasn’t he the first to ask for the color, Bora Bora Blue Burst and Deep Bora Bora Blue? And didn’t he spec out a Drop Top T incorporating a 25 ½-inch scale length with our Soapbar-style P1 and P3 pickups?
And he’s done it again! He coaxed until we agreed to build this very special Hollow T Classic. To guarantee that this rather exotic body would freely resonate with robust tone, we paired its beautiful, hand-selected Indian Rosewood top with a hollow-chambered Alder back and joined it to a solid Indian Rosewood neck. The result was a resounding success of full-bodied Alder tone gracefully directed by Rosewood’s characteristically fundamental midrange dominance. In this setting, Indian Rosewood’s more pronounced low-midrange prowess and smooth presence made this species of rosewood the logical choice.
Firing up the TV1 and TV3 pickups, they listen carefully to this Hollow T Classic’s woody tones and follow their programming directive, leaving no doubts and no regrets. Total tonal single coil dominance is its legacy.
Hanging onto this sleek, lighting fast, satin finished, T/A Standard neck is playing unparalleled while gliding through bends and vibrato over Stainless Steel frets with effortless ease. It is hard to holdback a smile or anything other than glee at this point.
This is the first Anderson of its kind! Will we ever make another or is this the only one? Only time will tell. As we have already seen, we cannot know what is coming.
But unfortunately, there is one question that must remain forever unanswered: Would George love this Hollow T Classic as much as we do?
I do believe he would.
• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic
• FINISH: – Natural
• BODY WOOD: – Indian Rosewood Top with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Indian Rosewood
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Black
• NECK PICKUP: – TV1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way
• PICKUP COVERS: – Chrome for Neck
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Atlanta Music Brokers/Roswell, Georgia