Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of October, 22 2001 through October, 29 2001

Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Honey Burst with Binding

We have been on its trail for sometime now. But, like Big Foot, it is still only legend as to whether it really exists or not. Hi, I’m the Guitar Hunter—and I speak with an Australian accent. We were camped in the Sedona desert, checking out which brand of electric guitar aliens prefer to play when the call came through on our satellite phone. The voice on the other end said, “One may have been spotted in the Phoenix area.” There was no time to loose. We ran to the trucks and headed down the darkened highway toward civilization. This could be the break we’d been waiting for. One of our operatives had reported sighting the legendary Tom Anderson, Drop Top T—equipped in a traditional way. An image of this elusive instrument has never before been captured on camera and shown to the world. This could be my opportunity to change all that. This could be my chance to get my own TV show just like the other Hunter Guy.

The sun was just coming up when our big, loud trucks, with the giant tires, roared into town. Phoenix was still asleep but we were wide-awake, excited by the possibility of finally coming face to face with that which we had sought for so long.

The body shape of the Drop Top T lends itself to bringing forth large low-end girth while its solid body projects with more of a thunderously focused tone than its Hollow T counterpart. But where to look? We set up camp and waited. We waited because we knew we had one ace in the hole. That ace is the undeniable fact that whoever is in possession of an Anderson guitar will not be able to resist playing it—impossible! And from that first strum we’ll have him because Anderson tone is so unique and so lush. They sound as if their bandwidth is 20 miles wide while reverberating completely uninhibited—almost as if they want to resonate forever. It should be easy to locate once it starts to sing.

After playing a few rounds of doorbell ditch and telling some local girls we were Rock Stars so they should buy us breakfast (it didn’t work), we heard it! That sound was unmistakably gorgeous. We calibrated the highly sophisticated excellent-tone-locating devices in the lead truck and zoomed off. We sped across town, ran red lights and generally threw caution to the wind. We had to find the source before the music stopped and the trail went cold. We had come so far and we were now so close.

The needle was pegged on the perfect-tone-meter when we rolled into the parking lot of Hole in the Wall Music. We leaped from the trucks and ran in. The storeowner, Pete—a very nice and extremely knowledgeable guy—jumped up to greet us. “I knew you’d come,” he exclaimed. “Nobody can resist this tone. It is the best on earth.” “And beyond,” I added. After all, because of my earlier scientific research, I now knew that aliens also prefer to play Tom Anderson Guitars—doesn’t everyone? They feel so perfect.

I reached into my pocket and threw a large hand-full of money at Pete. “I must have this guitar,” I exclaimed, “I must!” Pete laughed and explained understandingly, in his pleasing New York accident, “I would love for you to have this guitar but it already belongs to Danny.” Danny looked up from playing his brand new Honey Burst, Drop Top T just long enough to smile and nod sympathetically. He knew the feeling. Pete thoughtful said to me, “I have a few Classics in stock and I could always order you one. That is sometimes the best way to get an Anderson.” “Well, what about my big trucks and racing all across the country in search of one?” “I think I could save you some gas on that deal,” Pete replied. “And you can still race around if you really want to.” “Okay, I’ll do it!” I announced. “You won’t be sorry,” Danny added.

“Which model of Anderson Pickups did you get,” I asked. “They have so many and that guitar sounds absolutely huge!” “I’m not sure,” Danny replied. “Pete, what pickups did we get for this one?” Understanding tone, Pete knowingly responded, “We ordered your Drop Top T with a maple top/basswood backed body and loaded it with an H1+, SA1 and H3+ pickups for a huge sound that can also split to get amazing single coil tones as well!” “That’s what I want,” I said with authority and relief.

My search had ended and ended well. What a TV adventure this would make. I turned the key and my big machine sprang to life. I shifted into gear and roared off into the sunset. I know, this time I’ll be in search of a Tom Anderson Pro Am maybe or a Hollow Cobra Special with twin humbucker or maybe a…


 MODEL: – Drop Top T

 FINISH: – Honey Burst with Binding

 BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Basswood Back


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – Switcheroo




 DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Hole in the Wall/Phoenix, Arizona  09-30-01A

Drop T
Maple Top on Basswood
Honey Burst with Binding

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