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Username: daveo

Post Number: 44
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post

Just wondering if anyone out there plays Anderson guitars, too. I've currently got 2 of them:

1 is a flamed maple topped Cobra with a rosewood neck and 2 humbuckers that split into great sounding single coils.

The other one is a Hollow T in a Gretch orange with a pearloid pickguard. It has three single coils that sound vintage and great, but get a little noisy at times.

I'd say my Cobra (It's so much lighter than my Tribute- but also not as perfect a guitar) is my main backup guitar and I use it whenever my back is bothering me.

Tom Anderson guitars are not up to Alembic standards by any means, but they do pride themselves, and succeed in my opinion, on making great playing, sounding guitars that have a vintage feel with a beautiful new look.

So- anyone else out there have one? Just wondering...

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Username: jagerphan84

Post Number: 228
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 6:08 am:   Edit Post

Well, while the only Alembics I own are basses, I do also have an Anderson guitar. From what I gather, it's actually from just before Anderson Guitar Works started putting out complete instruments. The neck and body both show the "A" logo in the pocket, but there are no manufacturer's markings of any kind on the instrument without removing the neck. I still haven't been able to confirm if the guitar was assembled by Tom or by someone else, but regardless it is very well constructed. It's a strat-style in translucent green, solid swamp ash body with a lightly flamed maple neck, black pickguard & knobs, Floyd Rose, S-S-H pickups with DiMarzio rails and an Anderson humbucker.

It's the first guitar with a tremolo that I have ever used, but aside from my struggle to find a tasteful means of using the trem, it's a very nice guitar. The wood selected for the body has a very pretty grain and looks great under the green tint. The neck has a good feel and plays easily; it actually reminds me of the feel on my Stars Guitars bass neck. Not having played an Alembic guitar, I can't really compare the sound or playability, but I can say with confidence that the Anderson is a very nice guitar, both audibly and aesthetically.

Username: daveo

Post Number: 45
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post

Sounds like you have an interesting Anderson, one that will probably be a collectors item some day. Mine are much more commercially produced, all parts (that I can tell) by Anderson guitars. Thanks for the response.

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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 391
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 11:06 pm:   Edit Post

I've only ever seen two, one was used by Al Anderson, former guitarist with Bob Marley & the Wailers and the other by the guitarist from Reggae band Morgan Heritage. Both guitars sounded fantastic.
That said, the Morgan Heritage guitarist did come over to ask me loads of questions about my Orion guitar when I was sound checking at a the Bob Marley Festival in Florida in Feb.
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1829
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 10:46 am:   Edit Post

Tried one back in the late 80's/early 90's. Sam's A** in Edison, NJ (new store at the time) had one (super-strat style) collecting dust on the wall. No one wanted it...super-strat Jacksons, Ibanez JEM 77's, Kramers, etc. being all the rage at the time (Hair Metal Rules, LOL!). While I was trying out (then) hi-dollar PRS's and Gibson LP's, the Guitar Manager suggested I try it. He stated that people just don't have a clue about quality and just want what they see in guitar magazines RE: the current "hot" guitarist du jour. I think his words were along the lines of "they just don't realize what that thing is".

I played it and it was very nice. So were the (then new) PRS's and Gibsons, but I didn't buy anything at the time. Back before all this "Custom Shop" boutique gear was all the rage, TA guitars were amongst the highest-quality available. Can't vouch for 'em now since I haven't played one since.


Username: daveo

Post Number: 47
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 5:28 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the responses guys. Both are interesting stories.


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