Much to my chagrin our camera had gone missing. Although we searched high and low, it was to no avail. In desperation we scrambled to get another as the next Guitar of the Week deadline loomed ominously upon the horizon.
The task now at hand was to learn the workings of this new complex apparatus before Sunday morning at 12:00 AM PDST. The race was on! The operating manual is 179 pages long—too much to read in such a short amount of time. I had to practice…on something…but what? Maybe a picture of the Anderson guard dogs, but they hadn’t been fed yet today and my camera bag smelled of chocolate. I could take some shots of Anderson’s Secret Underground Testing Labs, but that is a restricted area requiring a G-6 clearance code. How about some spy photos of the next cool thing coming from Anderson? No, that would spoil your surprise.
At a complete loss, I focused to get a detailed close-up of the high-tech doorknob that hermetically seals our Molecular Crosslinking Chamber when I laid eyes on something in the Final Assembly area that stopped me dead in my tracks! I ran to it! A freshly completed, jaw-dropping Crowdster Acoustic lay across Charles’ bench…but it was unlike anything any of us had ever beheld before.
Resolutely refusing to be bound by the family of familiar earth tone finishes that have set the precedence for Crowdster beauty thus far, Kevin stepped into a whole new realm of coloration when he ordered his new live-music acoustic guitar from Motor City Guitar in Waterford, Michigan. He chose a variant on the Deep Ocean Blue Burst, Drop Top/Cobra theme, accurately envisioning the beauty a Deep Ocean to Black Burst finished Crowdster would reveal to an audience under stage lights.
The Anderson Crowdster brings to bear the most formidably lavish, plugged-in, live-music acoustic guitar tones on the planet. With zero susceptibility to the usual feedback associated with acoustic instruments and super flexible on-board EQing, your tone is totally your choice with nothing held back. Kevin gladly accepted this responsibility with the promise of assistance from a mahogany-backed body to focus the strong mids of his acoustic tone while he transverses the beautifully sculpted, acoustic-feeling neck. Gliding across Anderson’s exclusive, highly-polished Stainless Steel frets, invites you to play anywhere on the fingerboard with equal ease.
Still not even sure if the lens cap was removed, I could wait no longer. I raised the camera, turned and fired.
• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic
• FINISH: – Deep Ocean to Black Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.73-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKUP: – Anderson EQed LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Elixir Acoustic Guitar
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Motor City Guitar/Waterford, Michigan