Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of September, 26 2005 through October, 3 2005


The Classic
Alder
Surf Green





The Classic
Alder
Surf Green





The Classic
Alder
Surf Green





The Classic
Alder
Surf Green

mag•num
1. A bottle, holding about two fifths of a gallon (1.5 liters), for wine or liquor
2. A magnum cartridge or firearm packing a more substantial charge
3. A large and powerful Chrysler V8 engine
4. A new Dodge vehicle

But we are not talking about that. What we meant to say Magdon.

Magdon

1. A magnificent music store in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, where you can find the world’s best electric guitars.

Many have called Magdon Music a most accommodating music store—polite, helpful and friendly at all times—the best way to be. And if that is not enough, it is filled with the coolest musical gear anywhere. What could be better than to hang with them? Who knows, you may end up strapping in and stepping out with the best electric guitar on earth. Not a bad way to spend your day.

But all is not as it appears for, as we first learned on November 16, 2003, when the moon is full and the wolfbane blooms, it is then that mild-mannered Magdon Music transforms from mere magnificent music store to become the all-powerful Magdon Force! (They have all seen Clint Eastwood’s mega blockbuster movie, “Magnum Force,” at least 10 times each—and apparently really liked it.)

Anyway, you would think that Olyphant, Transylvania, I mean Pennsylvania, would be far enough from California that there could be no surprises. But not! Not when we are talking about the very first Surf Green Classic to ever grace the screen of the Anderson website. And not when it is for Magdon Music. And not when the moon is full and the wolfbane blooms. (Wolfbane can be tricky business.) This is an auspicious occasion of utterly monumental proportions.

The knock on the door could only mean one thing…the arrival of Magdon Force. As they burst in they had only one thing on their minds…lunch. No, not really lunch…guitars first, of course—then lunch—and then more guitars.

They got right down to it. “Where is the Surf Green Classic? We have traveled thousands of miles just to see it,” Jack announced with warm and unbridled enthusiasm. It was custom ordered and built for their customer and good friend, George.

If that was not enough to make the midnight run from Pennsylvania to California more than worthwhile, the sharp eyes of Mike Magdon (that’s why they named the store after him) detected another case with their name on it. As he dove across the room (by this point these guys were seriously wound up) and snapped the latches open, lifting the lid revealed another scrumptious Classic—this time a Firemist Gold equipped in pure vintage form.

It was more than too much to bear, even for the men of Magdon Force. They requested Anderson straps be brought immediately. We snapped a shot. Delight is clearly evident—even to the untrained eye. Who could blame them? Certainly not us, we were having just as much fun as they were—and we do this everyday. You just can’t get enough of a…

And speaking of good things, this Surf Green Classic is laid out with an underlying Alder body joined to an all-Maple neck to create a full lower-midrange, driven forward by upper-mid punch and clarity. Everyone in the band will know when it’s your turn. Vintage tonality is adeptly handled by the VA1 pickups in the neck and middle positions. Throwing the 5-Way switch all the way back uncages the full power of an H3 humbucking pickup—no prisoners taken here.

The Firemist’s presentation is all-vintage in origin but a balanced set of VA12, VA12R and VA23 pickups in an Alder body with a Maple/Rosewood neck means huge vintage tone as the Extended Anderson Bandwidth is brought into sync with the amps best setting for your personal playing style.

With Surf Green, Classic cravings quelled and further satisfaction derived from experiencing a Firemist Gold Guitar firsthand, Magdon Force was free to return to Transylvania, I mean Pennsylvania, whence they came—until the next time when the moon is full and the wolfbane blooms and another magnificent Anderson Guitar looms large on the horizon for Magdon Music.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS—for The Classic-Surf Green:


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Surf Green

• BODY WOOD: – Alder

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• 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: – Aged White

• NECK PICKUP: – VA1R

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H3

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Bridge Splitter & Add-Bridge Push/Pull

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped on Neck & Middle

• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Magdon Music, Olyphant, Pennsylvania

• 08-20-05A

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS—for The Classic-Firemist:


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Firemist Gold

• BODY WOOD: – Alder

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Aged White

• NECK PICKUP: – VA12

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA12R

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA23

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & VA Booster—for 14 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped

• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A

• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Magdon Music, Olyphant, Pennsylvania

• 08-17-05A




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