Where could he go? To whom could he turn? He had seen it and there was no going back—not now. After all, how could he? It had spoken to his very essence but he wanted more—to be able to take it to the next level—further than anyone had ever witnessed before—and offer it to the world. It had become his mission in life but he could not do it alone. Tommy, from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area’s premier music store, Music Arts Enterprises, needed help.
Seeing it as his only course of action, a call to the Dreaded Keeper of the Stone, the painting guru at Anderson Guitarworks, was in order. Tommy explained how the Nearly Natural Amber finish on the Crowdster, featured in Guitar for the Week for August 29, 2004, had thrown him for a loop and left him pondering the possibilities of the whole Nearly Natural concept.
“Coral,” he announced to the Keeper. “I need some kind of Nearly Natural finish that would be reminiscent of the beautiful underwater coral reefs here in Florida.” Tommy invited Chuck (the Keeper) to pay Music Arts Enterprises a visit and have a look for himself.
Once submerged, Chuck readily witnessed the dramatically soft hues Tommy had spoken of and clearly understood what would be necessary in order to recreate this underwater wonderland of color. Reemerging from the ocean a changed man, the Keeper went right to work on Tommy’s very special request. The result is a Nearly Natural Coral, Hollow Drop Top Classic “concept instrument”—the first of its kind to be seen anywhere above the earth’s surface.
The natural resonation of its hollow body chambers takes full advantage of a Mahogany back and sympathetically reverberates with muscular authority. An engaging Indian Rosewood fingerboard crowns an Eastern Hardrock Maple neck, lending low-end support. This is also where you will find 22 now-legendary Anderson Stainless Steel frets glistening under the lights and offering up the fastest playing surface ever felt on any guitar—anywhere—anytime.
But the SA1 hum-canceling single coil-sized pickups still shimmer with grace and a pleasingly soft, percussive attack, while substantially supported in their single coil endeavors by a healthy helping of mids and lows. One of the more surprising aspects of these coils is that their hum-canceling settings produce an even stronger vintage character than does their split sound.
Make sure the Master-Split toggle switch is in the down position when you throw the 5-Way to the back, and the H2+ will roar to life with a broad, deeply resounding humbucker tone that is full of musical complexity. Thusly, pulling the chrome mini-toggle towards you enables the H2+ to demonstrate the benefits of having the best splitting humbucker on board your guitar, as it willingly performs double duty, partnering with the SA1s or standing all on its own with illustrious single coil sounds.
And speaking of partnering, “Chuck, you have a call on line 9. It’s Tommy from Music Arts Enterprises. He wants you to come visit again. He has something else he’d like to show you.”
Editor’s Note: Tommy also has taken possession of an exquisite prototype Nearly Natural Charcoal, Drop Top that escaped our grasp before we could get our camera focused.
• MODEL: – Hollow Drop Top Classic
• FINISH: – Nearly Natural Coral with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilt Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Natural
• 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: – SAR
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Master Splitter & Add-Bridge Push/Pull—for 14 combinations
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® Strings with NANOWEB® coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Music Arts Enterprises/Fort Lauderdale, Florida