Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of November, 3 2003 through November, 9 2003

The Classic
Inca Silver

At the top of the world in the Andes Mountains of Peru stand the ruins of an impressive fortress city known as Machu Picchu. At one time, long ago it was the home of the mighty Inca Empire. The Inca Indians were known for lavish riches—especially elaborate items of gold and silver. Their silver work demonstrates an incredible level of refined craftsmanship that, even today, can scarcely be matched by modern silversmiths.

During its reign, the Inca Empire stood as the largest nation on earth. The opulent wealth and technical sophistication of these legendary people has long astounded the anthropological community but has also created quite a quandary as to how they were able to archive such high level technical expertise without the use of a written language.

Once again we had no choice but to elicit the sagacious counsel of Professor Trembahr—the world’s foremost archaeological expert in the field of ancient Andean artifacts—among other things. He was more than happy to clearly elaborate upon his revolutionary new theory that has turned the scientific and musical communities upside down and shed new light on this time-bound Incan mystery.

The professor explained, “The research community has long been baffled by the amazing level of achievement the Inca people were able to obtain without the use of a written language. The question always remained how their knowledge was preserved and in what manner was it imparted to others of this complex community structure?”

“On my last expedition to Machu Picchu, I unearthed something that explained everything—something that finally answered the age-old riddle. I found this Inca Silver, Tom Anderson, Classic in one of the larger sealed, sound proof chambers! It was still perfectly in tune and still plugged into an amp—and the amp was on.”

“Music,” he went on, “They did it with music. This Tom Anderson, Inca Silver, Classic tells the story of a time-gone-by when a proud and noble people would record their knowledge in the form of song and impart it to others by playing concerts. This was the real reason for the lofty fortress-looking facilities—they were really concert stadiums and not fortresses at all. What better way to fill an arena, or any concert hall for that matter, with illustrious electric guitar tones than with an Anderson guitar’s legendary extended bandwidth—which imparts more sound per note than any other guitar in recorded history.”

“And look at this!” He bent down and pointed to the Aged White pickguard and 5-Way switching. “This baby appears to be loaded with three Anderson vintage, staggered-magnet single coil pickups. However, closer inspection reveals a silver mini-toggle switch unobtrusively located between the shimmering volume and tone controls. Archeologists now believe this to be a VA Booster. Apparently there were times during the most energetic moments of the show when Incan musicians may have desired a little more fullness from vintage coils without sacrificing any of the traditional purity. And Anderson answered the call. This does the trick—perfectly! Also, sequestered within the normal-looking silver tone control knob, we discovered a push/pull switch which activates, or adds, the bridge pickup to the neck and the neck and middle pickups, enabling two more pickup combinations not usually found in the mountains of Peru or elsewhere. Definitely an advanced civilization. If you bother to count them up, this is a total of 14 very useable sounds—impressive, even at this altitude.”

“And to find an Anderson guitar in the Andes is not as weird as it first seems. We have seen Anderson guitars show up as an integral part of other early civilizations. Tom may actually be older than he appears. I think he must take vitamins.”

Professor Trembahr paused a moment, stroked his chin as though in deep thought (or scratching), scooped up his Inca treasure and headed out the door. “Walk with me,” he called, “I must take this artifact to Mass Street Music in Lawrence Kansas for further research. This is an amazing discovery…one of a kind. Have you heard how over-the-top chording sounds on this? It is almost as if it wants to resonate forever—a very satisfying musical experience!”

We stepped out into the light. He opened the passenger-side door of his sports car and slid the case into the seat. With a click, it was buckled in. He jumped behind the wheel and fired up the powerful sounding engine. “This is a fuel injected, 1957, Inca Silver Corvette,” he exclaimed over the roar of the idling motor. “I’ve made some slight modifications so it will run on hydrogen—the most abundant element in the universe. It burns completely pollution free and recycles its own fuel source back into the ecosystem. Yea, 1957 is the year Inca Silver made its debut into the world of painted finishes, appearing on Corvette for three short years. You see, I need a car this fast if I am going to get this life-changing Inca Silver, Anderson Classic to Mass Street right away. It really does refine your playing to have a guitar like this!” And with a friendly wave, he sped away.

Wow, well that was an “interesting” conversation. We’d all like to thank the professor for sharing his insights with us. We can surly see why Professor Trembahr is so respected as the groundbreaking leader in his field of expertise...whatever that may be.


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Inca Silver

• 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: – 62 Roundback

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Medium—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 14 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped


• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir Nanoweb

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Mass Street Music/Lawrence, Kansas

• 10-22-03A

The Classic
Inca Silver

The Classic
Inca Silver

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