One of the characteristics that uniquely defines the human species is the level at which we ponder our own existence and derive a purpose for that existence. (And I am just sure that it is not to inflict pain and suffering on our human brothers and sisters.) One of the most curious human attributes is expression through the arts. Music is especially unusual in that it is not tangible but formless. It is experienced solely in the moment and when that moment is gone only a feeling and a message remain. Yet music speaks strongly with a universal language that can transcend physical boundaries, dialects and cultures. A good argument can be made for music’s role in helping to bring down the iron curtain and uniting us with our Russian brothers and sisters. When John Lennon left us, the world mourned—and the Soviet youth right along with the rest of the world. Obviously they were greatly affected by his music and what he had to say—and since he spent a large part of his artistic life promoting peace and love it had to have a positive effect on those directly and indirectly touched. Thank you, John.
Friday night, September 21 the entertainment industry came together to present a commercial-free telethon, simulcast by all the major networks, many independent broadcasters and administered by The United Way to raise money for the victims of the September 11 tragedy. It was called “America: A Tribute to Heroes.” 100% of the money collected will be used for relief and none for administration costs. It was very poignant and further proof of how important and how universal music and the arts are to the human need to express and communicate with one another in order to facilitate deep healing. Music seems to have the ability to do that extremely effectively because it allows us communication with a healthy outpouring of emotion and beauty.
Here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks we understand that music, used in the right way, can be extremely uplifting, powerful and healing. This is one of the reasons we offer our gift to the world in the form of flawlessly built guitars. Hopefully they inspire and enable greater depth to come forth from the inner most being of a person.
Please accept our humble offering toward healing this week. It is a brand new color for us called Deep Tobacco Fade. To hold this guitar close, feel its comfortable body contours in collaboration with its perfect balance and then to experience its abundantly complex tonal properties was truly inspiring. It was shipped to the illustrious Gelb Music in Redwood City, California. This color is somewhat similar to our famous Tiger Eye Burst but enough different to command its own distinctive personality. For a quick comparison click here. Something to keep in mind while gazing upon these two beauties: the brand new Deep Tobacco Fade is showing off with a flamed-maple top while the Tiger Eye Burst of two weeks ago appears with a quilted-maple grain pattern. Of course, either finish can be had with either type of maple.
It is our wish is that whoever takes this or any of our guitars home to make music is inspired to present a little more healing and a little more beauty than before.
May we all get to live in a world without fear. Peace!
MODEL: – Drop Top
FINISH: – Deep Tobacco Fade with Binding
BODY WOOD: – Flamed Maple Top with Basswood Back
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch
SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – n/a
NECK PICKUP: – SA1R
MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
SWITCHING: – B5 with Master Splitter, Push/Pull and Blower for 13 sounds
PICKUP COVERS: – n/a
PICKUP RINGS: – Black
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music/Redwood City, California