Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of November, 1 2013 through January, 20 2014


Raven
Alder
Metallic Purple

We simply had no choice in the matter. We were being called.

Faintly at first, it could only be heard during the blackest time of the night—in stillness it called again…and again. Seemingly carried by the wind itself, it would not be denied. (Does this sound a little farfetched? No?)

But what was it?

If you were not consciously aware, it could drive you to the brink of (dare I even say it?) madness! Chills ran down the spine as adrenalin flooded our body system—the fight or flight response had been initiated. Action was now required.

But as with all situations, conscious awareness is the key to peace. We knew all was actually well and good.

But what was it that was calling—demanding to be heard?

As time went by and clarity dawned, we came to understand that this nightly call was the undeniable call of the Raven.

But what is Raven?

Raven—an all-new Offset-styled guitar was asking—no demanding—to be born unto the Anderson family of fabulous guitars.

We are like you, and as guitar players have always thought the look of Offset Guitar styling held the possibility of great allure. In fact, many of us were playing guitar when the first ones arrived on the scene in the early 60s (yes, Anderson Guitarworks has a lot of real-world experience).

Although they had a cool look, from a player’s point of view, the initial Offset design was interlaced with aspects that made playing them less than desirable. This is why musicians collectively selected the S and T-style instruments to be the “chosen” guitar design—dominating this part of the music scene for more than half of a century—and it is still such. Players preferred the S and T's manageable body size and more reliable tuning stability.

With the resurgence of attention toward the Offset-styled Instrument, we were really quite thrilled but at the same time surprised to see all the same questionable aspects accompany the design once again.

The call of the Raven was our call—the Anderson calling—the idea that there absolutely could and should be an Offset Guitar that plays prophetically well—in every way.

Yes, Raven was calling and must perform with the excellence of an Anderson—and so it does:

• Grab the neck—any Anderson size—like warm butter—fast and easy. Perhaps we could even say, “It calls you to play it.”

• A body that is svelte, cut, lightweight and nimble and hangs balanced with comfy contours.

• Impeccable intonation and tuning stability means all your giant, tonally rich chords ring out in tune. Oh that is nice.

• Either a traditional 25 ½-inch scale length or the shorter 24/3/4-inch scale will permit Raven to easily respond to all your sonic and playability needs.

• A plethora of pickup permutations bring your favorite tones to your fingertips.

• Raven feels like your old best friend—a friend that has come to breathe new life and enjoyment into your playing.

Yes, you can “crush” on Raven all night long with no worries whatsoever.

Raven was created for every guitar player who would like to be able to rock an Offset Instrument without any kind of limitation—just wild Anderson “Reach-For-The-Sky” playability and tonality.

This particularly striking, Metallic Purple, Raven’s appointments were compliments of the one-and-only Brian Meader at The Guitar Sanctuary, where he and the always-helpful Shane Frame do the bidding for the Dallas, Texas, area—and beyond. A beautiful music store—to be sure.

Brian chose an Alder body to sign Raven’s sonic signature with full-bodied vintage flavors and also selected the 25 ½-inch scale length for a familiar feel.

A Maple neck with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard keeps this theme well aligned and accompanies with the richest Rosewood tones available anywhere.

Twin PQ-series pickups, atop a black pickguard, outfit this ridiculously capable and stunning Raven with hum-free, rich and lively Soapbar tones—that do not lack any of the indigenous “stringiness” of original vintage coils—for sure! The PQs are an Anderson proprietary design and as such do “magic” things.

Control of the PQs are articulated by the large and easy to negotiate 3-Way Switch, conveniently located on the upper horn. Additional splitting, paralleling and/or boosting controls can be added with Mini Toggles or Push/Pulls situated in the area of the Volume and Tone knobs—easily rerouting you through a vast array of tonal divergency.

Yes, Brian selected the Metallic Purple and Black theme for this Raven, apparently knowing full well how awesome it would be. And as always, Brian was correct as this Metallic Purple, Raven spent a full 12 to 14 minutes in their shop before it flew off to its new home with local Dallas Player, Mike Clemens.

Wait!...

Hear that?

It is the call of the Raven…again…calling. This time it calls for you. (Insert your name here)

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – Raven Classic

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FINISH: – Metallic Purple

• BODY WOOD: – Alder

• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Happy Medium

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch

• FRETS: – Low-Rise—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Black

• NECK PICKUP: – PQ1-

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – none

• BRIDGE PICKUP: – PQ2

• SWITCHING: – 3-Way with Split

• PICKUP COVERS: – Black

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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – The Guitar Sanctuary, Dallas, Texas

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