Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of December, 27 2004 through January, 3 2005


The Classic
Alder
Custom Graphics-Hot Rod Flames





The Classic
Alder
Custom Graphics-Hot Rod Flames





The Classic
Alder
Custom Graphics-Hot Rod Flames

“Wake up! Is it nigh yet?” “What?” “Last week you said that there would be no peeking until the time is nigh. So, is it nigh yet?” “Well, why yes…yes it is nigh. In fact, it has never been more nigh than it is right now. Happy nigh to you. Grab some of your favorite holiday cheer, pull up a chair and warm yourself by the glow of the fire—or computer—and we’ll tell you a nigh-time story. Let’s lift the lid and see what’s inside.”

Since the beginning, humankind has sought to find a place, or state of being, that could elevate them to a higher level beyond anything they had known before. At times, some would even enlist the assistance of a wise and trusted mentor who could escort them on a journey to the most remote regions on earth in search of that illusive state.

Similarly, many guitar players who have desired for something to counterbalance aggressive and focused humbucker behavior have sought for single coil tones of unparalleled measure—but to no avail. They long for the wider, more musical bandwidth—a characteristic that could only be found among the best single coil pickups and in the hands of the artists whose signature sound is dependant upon them. For many players from all levels of expertise, it had become a very frustrating tonal trek—until now!

To crossover into the world of the M-Series, Classic is to finally find the passage for which all others have searched, traversing a previously impassible chasm to a whole new sonic realm of effortlessly materialized, musically-complex single coil tones. Picture for a moment: standing atop the highest mountain—The Classic strapped on of course—and looking out on a vision of such beauty and evident intelligence that there are no questions left to ask. As you reach around and flip off the standby switch, the first chord to break the silence reveals the merit and meaning of this arduous quest. Astoundingly, huge single coil tones reverberate without compromise—and no 60-cycle hum.

Ordered for their store and unwrapped in Chicago by the visionaries at Make’n Music, Hot Rod Flames could not be a more appropriate theme for an instrument of this magnitude and intensity. You may think I went a little too far earlier with the mountaintop description thing, but once you play this M-Series, Classic and bond with the sleek “Large 50’s V” Maple neck, you may feel quite differently about it all. I mean, can you imagine showing up for the New Year’s Eve gig with this guitar in tow? It’s not like you’ll just blend in to the crowd—visually or sonically—ever again.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Hot Rod Graphic

• BODY WOOD: – Alder

• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

• NECK WOOD: – Maple

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Large ‘50’s V

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking

• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

• PICKGUARD: – Aged White

• NECK PICKUP: – M1

• MIDDLE PICKUP: – M1

• BRIDGE PICKUP: –M2

• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & VA Booster Toggle—for 11 Sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A

• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A

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

• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Make’n Music/Chicago, Illinois

• 11-19-04P




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