Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of September, 23 2002 through September, 29 2002

Pro Am
Black & White Bowling Ball

Time, it is the 4th dimension and as Albert Einstein explained in his 1905 General Theory of Relativity, it is not an independent dimension but interdependent because its very fabric is altered by velocity and mass.

Even earlier than this was H.G. Wells who introduced the literary public to the notion of time travel in 1895 with his classic book, The Time Machine. He also seemed to understand that time was an alterable dimension when he stated, “There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space, except that our consciousness moves along it.”

Most assuredly, only moments after becoming aware of its own time based existence, humankind has imagined what it would be like to travel back in time to correct former missteps or forward to avoid the mistakes of the present.

Many physicists do now agree that time travel may be a real possibility but no one seems to possesses the understanding to make this more than a hypothetical concept—no one except for Steve that is.

We received this letter here at the Anderson Scientific Research Institute and Guitarworks. To our learned staff it leaves no doubt that time travel has now become a reality. What follows is the actual transcript as it was received.

“Well hello Roy, Tom and everyone else at TA Guitarworks,

I wanted to take some time out to write you about a very interesting story, which incidentally revolves around a very interesting guitar.

You see, I first discovered Anderson guitars while I was going to GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood, California, way back in 1987-88. We used to hang out at Lab Sound, the pro-guitar store in the area, and fantasize about guitars and rigs we’d love to own. The problem was that we were all young, broke students at that time so my solution was to take out a student loan and get a 1988 Anderson, Pro Am—which I did.

Unfortunately, I had to trade it in about 5 years ago because the project I was working on was in need of a more aggressive sound—this loosely translated: I needed a new/hotter amp. In the years that followed I purchased several more Andersons and still play them to this day but I always regretted loosing my first Pro Am. A few different times I tried to hunt it down and even went so far as to ask Roy at Anderson and the guys of Anderson Alley to please notify me if it ever showed up—but no luck.

A few weeks ago I was looking around on eBay when BAM!! There it was! As soon as I saw the 7-19-88 serial number, I totally flipped out. Immediately I contacted the seller and asked that he please not sell MY guitar to anyone else. Fortunately there were no bids yet, we agreed on a price and the rest, as they say, is history. The seller was very cool and wanted to see me get the guitar back. Are all Anderson players that nice?

So, here it is and with the exception of only one hard-to-see scratch, it is just as I remembered it. We are once again reunited. This is such a great guitar! It was my 1st and it is now my 4th (or 5th if you count it twice) Anderson guitar. Yowza!

Sometimes fate has a way of working things out for the better.

I’ll be looking to re-fret it sometime in the New Year; we’ll have to talk about that one Roy.

Steve L.”

Steve’s commanding tone is conceived courtesy of a space/time aged basswood body, imparting a luxuriously rich and smooth broad midrange that is skillfully adept at sweetly emphasizing all the musically forceful frequencies humbuckers naturally reproduce while enriching the fullness of single coil pickups. The arrangement is awe inspiring to be sure and was the fuel that powered the best tones of the 80’s and early 90’s. But rest assured its sonic contribution is just as valid today as it ever was—or more so. An instrument of this caliber will not ever be overshadowed It will always command the attention and respect of musicians and music lovers everywhere while delivering, on demand, a crushing rhythm tone for a song of today, a blisteringly seamless solo from the days of metal or a soulful vintage vibe.

You might say its tone is timeless.


• MODEL: – Pro Am Custom

• FINISH: – Black & White Bowling Ball

• BODY WOOD: – Basswood


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Pau Ferro Fingerboard



• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard -.020

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Sunken Floyd Rose

• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft


• PICKGUARD: – n/a




• SWITCHING: – 3 Toggles & Blower Switch




• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – LAB Sound/ Van Nuys, California

• 07-19-88

Pro Am
Black & White Bowling Ball

Pro Am
Black & White Bowling Ball

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