Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of September, 29 2003 through October, 6 2003

The Classic
Sparkle Gold

Time is not linear. Once a moment has passed our connection to it is not determined by how long ago we believe it occurred. For instance, we can be much more connected to and remember more clearly someone we spent only a moment with 30 years ago than our most recent trip to the gas station. Furthermore, by remaining linked to significant past events we are able to extrapolate greater meaning from them than was first obvious. How many times have you come to appreciate something or someone even more over time? But can we ever really be fully aware of all the events of our lives that have influenced and shaped who we have become today and what finish we will choose for our next Anderson Guitar?

I mean, who knows for sure all the reasons why Dana chose this beautiful Sparkle Gold finish to illuminate the body surfaces of his brand new Anderson Classic (that also happened to be born on his birthday). Perhaps as a child Dana’s favorite movie was Goldfinger or maybe he loves the music of Dick Dale. Possibly, he saw the Baritom that Richard Fortus from Gun ‘N Roses is playing and was impressed or perchance he was looking for a neutral color that won’t clash with his wardrobe yet still commands the stage. Whatever the reason, Dana knows guitars and he knows amps, for he is the Northeastern Sales Rep for Line 6. He told us that he has always wanted a Tom Anderson Guitar of his very own and we are honored.

Dana has simultaneously linked himself to the past and the future by choosing The Classic as his Anderson Guitar model of choice. Its Alder body merged with a Rosewood capped Maple neck, instantly transports us all to the early 1960’s. In addition, the Anderson-built VA-series pickups, dressed in Rachel’s Coffee-Dipped pickup covers, remind us of how we imagined the best staggered-magnet vintage-coils should sound as they make their way around the other instruments in the band. Switching catapults sonic variety into another era with 7 sweetly percussive sounds—some you’ve heard and perhaps a couple that you have not…yet.

Close examination of the neck-to-body joint lays claim to a whole new world of precision construction tolerances, demonstrated by astonishing amounts of string volume and resonance while the contoured heel invites playing on the uppermost frets. And speaking of frets, Anderson’s exclusive Stainless Steel fret wire is definitely something of the new millennium, as vibrato and bending techniques are instantly refined.

When Dana opens his case for the first time, straps on his Sparkle Gold Classic, feels its comfortably sculpted body-contours hug him, runs his hand along its Satin Finished, +.030 T/A Standard neck, bends any note as far as he wants, plugs in and plays his first chord—time may actually stand still.


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Sparkle Gold

• BODY WOOD: – Alder


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – +.030 T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Aged White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull and VA Booster—for 7 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped



• 08-24-03P

The Classic
Sparkle Gold

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