Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of November, 13 2000 through November, 20 2000

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra

Dwight Yoakam is an amazing force in country music. This Grammy winner also appeared in the movie Sling Blade with Billy Bob Thornton. His new album is called “Tomorrow Sounds Today.”

Pete Anderson is Dwight’s musical director, producer and lead guitar player. Pete is an extremely nice, talented and fun guy. He plays Tom Anderson guitars. His first T/A was a Translucent White, Hollow T Classic with two vintage single coil pickups, an ash top/alder backed body and a maple/rosewood neck. He was so impressed, that this one was followed closely by what has now affectionately come to be known as “The Pete Anderson Model.” It is a 3 pickup, Translucent White, Hollow T Classic, again with an ash topped/alder backed body, a maple/rosewood neck and loaded with 2 VA1 pickups in the neck and middle positions and a TV3 at the bridge. This has become his #1 guitar and can be heard on almost every track of the last several albums. Shortly after the Greatest Hits tour started, Pete called from the road and said that Dwight was running a different monitor mix. His voice was EQed to accentuate more upper-midrange frequencies. It was slightly masking the Hollow T Classic in the monitors and he would like additional articulation. We switched to a solid ash body (making it a “T Classic”) to get a bit more focused upper-midrange cut, allowing him to be clearly heard with Dwight’s new vocal mix. He loves it!

The next Tom Anderson to appear in Pete Anderson’s world was a white “Baritom Classic” with a tortoise shell pickguard (although Pete insists the instrument should be called a Bari-pete). This baritone instrument produces a giant sound and can best be heard on the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” featured on their Greatest Hits Album. It is equipped with 2 VA1s, a VA3 and an X-Bridge for blending acoustic guitar tones with the giant electric sounds. If you haven’t yet experienced one of these, you must!

Pete added yet another dimension to the next album by introducing the sounds of his white, Cobra Special. This wonderful instrument is certainly a departure for him. It is built on a shorter 24 ¾-inch scale length with an all mahogany body, mahogany/rosewood neck and two P-90-style, P1 and P3, pickups. In fact he said, “The white Cobra…that one is smokin’. It is all over the new album. I used it on the song ‘A Place To Cry’ and on quite a few solos. That guitar is just bad *** man! The sound is so fresh because no one is really recording with ‘Soapbar’ pickups right now. The tone is unique. It doesn’t just sound like everything else but it is thick. Tom’s guitars allow every note to stand out and the better you play the more you realize how good a Tom Anderson is. And…it is such a cool looking guitar! This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a ‘Junior Walker’ sax tone. I love it!”

So when Pete called raving about his white Cobra Special we were delighted. It had left its mark on him and he wanted to delve deeper into this Cobra thing. He now wanted a regular Cobra loaded with our HO humbuckers. We said, we would love to build one for him. However, realizing that we had to protect him from his own fashion limitations, we told him we had just run out of white paint. He selected a Black Cobra—this week’s “Guitar of the Week.” It has a mahogany body with a maple top, no body contours and a vintage-style tremolo bridge. The neck is the Cobra Standard backshape painted a satin black with a gloss black headstock and medium frets. It is lighting fast to play. The pickups are our vintage output HO1- for the neck and HO1+ for the bridge. Controlled by a 5-way switch, 6 dramatically different tones are available. He will find Cobra’s overall timbre to have a more concentrated musical resonance than that of his “Special”—but with equal clarity. This is granted by the nature of side-by-side humbuckers and this Cobra’s hidden maple top.

Pete Anderson and his Andersons are now working on a solo album that he hopes to have finished by the end of the year, where the Black Cobra will make its debut.


 MODEL: – Cobra

 FINISH: – Black

 BODY WOOD: – Maple Top on Mahogany


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with African Rosewood Fingerboard


 NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin Black

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – Cobra Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4th-inch

 FRETS: – Medium

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – n/a




 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull




Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra

Maple Top on Mahogany - Cobra

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