So here we are again, back to specialness. Not a bad thing if you know what is really special and what it all means. I guess it is just as simple as being fully aware that everyone you meet is special and everyone is equally special—including you. If we always try to keep that in mind the world will flow with ease to greatness. And to those who refuse to look upon others as special, it is time for demonstration by example.
What am I talking about?
Well, um, guitars of course. It was only two weeks ago during a fascinating Guitar of the Week dissertation concerning Sam’s Cobra S Special that we learned the real meaning of the word special when speaking the language of guitar.
The bottom line about Special went something like this: For a guitar to have the term Special in its name it must be the offspring of a model (Atom in this case) that normally has a maple-topped body and a 24 3/4-inch scale length (string length from nut to bridge). When this model is offered sans a maple top, it is called Special. So, in other words, a short-scale, maple-topped instrument without a maple top…is Special.
You knew Cobras could be Special but now you log on only to find that Atoms can be something Special as well.
Enter Atom Special!
With quintessential looks compliments of a sanctioned Tobacco Burst finish, it has the essence of familiarity—without looking like you are playing the same guitar as everyone else—a good balance. Take the stage with this one strapped on and hanging down and, like it or not, you will be the envy of all guitar players, everywhere. Hey, no one blames them. It is a natural Anderson reaction.
An all Mahogany body is the foundation for establishing a forceful midrange personality that will simply not be turned away under any musical circumstances. Again, a Mahogany neck, with an Indian Rosewood Fingerboard, adds its support, both sonically and tactility as fingers are invited to fly fast and furiously, when needed, or just rest comfortably on chords that bloom with inbred sustain. What a ride! Atom Special is like no other.
Editors Note: Although most “Special” instruments do incorporate an all-Mahogany body, there are other options for those seeking other sounds. More on this in future Guitar of the Weeks as the Special series continues.
Coming face to face with this guitar reveals twin humbuckers ready for duty with an H1 and HW2 laid out from neck to bridge. As with all Atom models, all M-Series and H-Series pickup options are available.
So what is special? First and foremost it is how we treat one another and then it is this utterly amazing Atom Special abounding with a rich character that will assist in effortlessly dominating all musical undertakings when necessary.
Eddies Guitars in St. Louis is now in possession of this first-seen Mahogany, Atom Special—and they are in love. Matt, cool and very nice guy from Eddies, is pictured playing—and demonstrates their unrestrained adulation of this new Atom Special.
• MODEL: – Atom Special
• FINISH: – Tobacco Burst
• BODY WOOD: – Mahogany
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: –Mahogany Back with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Matching Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Atom Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail
• TAILPIECE: – N/A
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – H1
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – HW2
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 6 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• SWITCH TIP: – Cream
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Eddies Guitars, St. Louis, Missouri