Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of October, 23 2006 through October, 30 2006

The Classic
Swamp Ash
Honey Burst

The Classic
Swamp Ash
Honey Burst

After our last Guitar of the Week adventure, you undoubtedly have a warm and fuzzy feeling about McKenzie River Music—especially since they had a warm and fuzzy Bigfoot pay, and play, their Anderson Atom a visit in the middle of the night. An unbelievable (hey, we didn’t believe it at first either) and hair raising ordeal for Ted, Erik and Bob, of McKenzie River Music, to be sure—and bravery unsurpassed in the music business, as it has long been rumored that Anderson is the big bipedal hominids’ favorite guitar.

So, who could argue with that?

Given their size, who would want to?

And yet McKenzie River Music has always had the fortitude and audacity to handle these special circumstances of the Pacific Northwest in order to be Oregon’s premiere Anderson Guitar dealer—guitars just too cool to deny, they say. We guess that kind of makes them Anderson Guitar heroes, of sorts.

The alarming incident at McKenzie has brought many noted cryptozoologists scurrying to the store. All seem to be asking the same question: why was this warm and fuzzy creature drawn to the Transparent Teal, Atom when The Classic in Honey Burst hung right next to it on the wall? After all, scientifically speaking of course, The Classic should have been equally alluring to the large primate.

Ordered as a special guitar for the store, the signature of this Classic’s elongated Swamp Ash grain shimmers through a lush transparent Honey Burst finish. Effortlessly emoting with a soft vintage tone, this Swamp Ash beauty abounds with rich low end that is effervescently highlighted by a soothingly sparkling upper aura while its midrange lays way back to make room for a breathy quality that many have called the most musical and complex of all guitar tones.

The question of equal Anderson allure continued to puzzle scientists for almost a week until Bob, the owner of McKenzie River Music, shared with them the film from the infrared camera that is part of their Bigfoot early warning system. An infrared camera is able to shoot pictures in complete darkness and what it revealed is startling and rather frightening but clearly explains why it was only the Atom that was removed from the wall in the total darkness.

Once the lights went out someone or something, other than the alleged sasquatch, removed The Classic from the wall before the Atom was ever touched. That is why in the blackness the Atom was chosen by the big anthropoid. It was the only guitar still hanging on the wall.

The mystery deepens.

What else was lurking in that room in the darkness and why did Erik delay in turning on and training the spotlight on the Anderson wall when he knew the Atom could be in danger? Yes, in the darkness of that tempting room filled with musical toys, another secret was revealed by infrared photography that explained everything the cryptozoologist had yearned to know. In the dark Erik can rock!


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Honey Burst

• BODY WOOD: – Swamp Ash


• NECK WOOD: – Maple

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper (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


• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White




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

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped


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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – McKenzie River Music/Eugene, Oregon

• 08-17-06A

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