The Classic

Is the Classic the most profound, best playing and best sounding vintage double cut-away electric guitar on Earth?

Clearly undisputed, “Yes!” is the answer. The whole story:

When something remains as an unrealized dream for long enough it becomes a fantasy. A fantasy is the belief that there is no such thing in the real world. This is a mindset that surrounds the legend of the “vintage guitar.” That it is unobtainable. That you cannot have a vintage instrument that will play like lightning, sing like angels and be reasonably priced.

But when looked deeply, this is a mistaken perception and once perception is corrected, bliss returns. Bliss is restored to the musical world in the form of: The Classic.

The Classic is the vintage guitar of your wildest dreams, and beyond, the one you always knew should exist but you were unable to touch in physical form, until now.

Alder: Is the first and most popular choice among players, as an alder body bestows it gifts of full and boosted low-mid frequencies accompanied by predominate upper mid prominence. It is these qualities that bring big single coil tones effortlessly forward in the mix, when paired with the right amp for you. Humbuckers enjoy a lower end bump and slightly less all-middle-only tone.

Swamp Ash: The open and ethereal, delicate, airy and complex “S” tone.  Soft, soothing open middle lays the groundwork to showcase rich low, lows; highlighted with sparkling and softly sweet, musical highs.

Basswood: Soft and bountiful midrange makes itself abundant as this is the wood that defined the core humbucker sound of the 80s in a 25 1/2-inch scale length guitar.

Icon

Vintage guitar of your imagination improved beyond your wildest electric guitar dreams.

Nowhere near a copycat of any kind, Icon lifts you on wings of unprecedented playability, tonality and resonance that are really astounding. Giant vintage tones resound beyond normal expectations and unlimited string bends abound—push ‘em as far as you can push—still ringing out.

So truly satisfying to play!

Yes, Icon is in production and it is magnificent. It is the no compromise vintage guitar.

But Icon does it in a totally iconic way, and with no vintage compromises. Icon has the look but not the limited playability, so all the Anderson attributes are soundly intact with the vintage visual attractions of:

  • Full-sized S-style body silhouette
  • Top Jack
  • Three numbered knobs
  • One rear strap button

So you could say: Icon looks just right and plays just right. And almost every Anderson option is available, as long as it does not alter the time-honored look.

Another interesting aspect of Icon is that many are ordered with Satin Finishes. Anderson has the smoothest Satin finishes in all the colors. But if your preference is a shimmering shine Anderson has all those wonderful Gloss colors as well. What is the one color that you have always imagined yourself holding?

And what is the best part of dreams? It is the moment you awaken to find that reality now exceeds them.

Drop Top Classic

The “S” shape is clearly brought to its apex in the form of Drop Top Classic.

Drop Top Classic offers its eye popping gifts accompanied with the class of a classic pickguard, hence the name Drop Top Classic.

But its name not only denotes a look rooted in tradition but in its intrinsic sound as well. Yes, this classy guarded guitar not only delivers classic good looks but the anatomy of the actual pickguard itself creates a more “Classic” tone, a tone to certainly please a connoisseur of the classics.

Drop Top Classic announces itself with a radiant book-matched flame or quilted maple, koa or walnut top that is actually bent (or “dropped”) over a carefully chosen tone wood body create a smooth and comfortable, swooping forearm contour, and it does it all in keeping with the traditional of pickguard styling.

Since 1991 Drop Top Classic has been the fancy, classic “S” to own. Before this time nothing like it existed. You could say, it was an inspired revelation that started a joyous revolution, of guitars that is.

Drop Top

Drop Top features a beautiful piece of book matched tonewood that is “dropped” over a tonewood body-back.

Before the introduction of the magnificent Drop Top in 1990, the number of “S” style guitars that had a maple top that was “dropped” to create a comfortable forearm contour were exactly zero.

As a result of this design, a body top thickness of 3/16 of an inch is chosen, which actually enhances and enrichens the sonic character of the instrument. The result is a guitar that not only plays effortlessly, is extremely comfortable, and sounds amazing but is so darn good looking that if you don’t dress well it just may upstage you.

Today, along with your choice of flame or quilted maple, walnut or koa top, Drop Top now offers four choices of body backing tone wood to bring the sonic character you desire from your “S” to bear on the bandstand:

Alder back: our most popular backing wood, its lower-mid fullness and upper-mid bump give a familiar “S” timbre that supports the lower-end fullness of single coil pickups and humbuckers alike while its upper-mid penetration makes sure other instruments are unable to step into your spot on stage.

Mahogany back: focused and aggressive mids bring humbuckers roaring to life and offer an overall powerful experience-, a very popular choice.

Swamp Ash back: Deep low-lows and softly sparkling highs with an open, scooped middle make for a breathtakingly musical presentation of subtle nuances. And the added bonus is that the maple top actually presents this quintessential Swamp Ash tone.

Basswood back: The sound of an 80’s vibe humbucker is defined by this body wood, soft (not hard), full flowing focused mids make everything this wood touches bloom with rich, lush, even-balanced midrange tonality.

Pro Am

The one that really started it all for Anderson.

Back in the mid to late 80’s, humbucker pickups and the Floyd Rose locking tremolo bridge found its way into the double cutaway guitars and a whole new style of Rock was launched.

Also in the mid 80’s, a whole new guitar company was launched, Tom Anderson Guitarworks. As Anderson stated in their first magazine ad, “We are a small American company dedicated to creating the world’s finest feeling, playing and sounding electric guitars. Period!”

Well, it was this commitment that led to the Pro Am, the most amazing feeling, playing and sounding guitar to appear on the scene. It changed everything in the guitar world!

T Classic

Guitar Player Magazine said about T Classic, “In our humble estimation, it just doesn’t get any better than this.”

T Classic is:

  • Traditional pickguard trim.
  • Traditional control plate plays host to a 3-Way or 5-Way layout that will deliver so many sounds you will have to add songs to your set list to use them all.
  • Solid or hollow body chambers.

One of these is what you play when you want ripping “T” tones that jump to the forefront of the mix while being supported by rich low-mids.

Top T Classic

The most gorgeous, best sounding, tradition based “T” guitar on Earth, look no further.

These two distinctions are brought together by applying Anderson’s Drop Top driven attributes of:

  • A gorgeous maple or exotic wood top that is swooped (or dropped) over the forearm contour of a tone wood backed body to create comfort, beautiful tone and exquisite playability.
  • Traditional pickguard trim.
  • Traditional control plate plays host to a 3-Way or 5-Way layout that will deliver so many sounds you will have to add songs to your set list to use them all.
  • Solid or hollow body chambers.

Top T

There are quite a few reasons why Top T has such an extreme range:

  • “T” body: when done properly, its overall shape offers a sonic signature that falls in a middle ground between the “S” shape and Bulldog. Broader than S, more snap and pop than Bulldog.
  • Anderson switching allows easy 5-Way or Switcheroo access to an almost uncountable amount of sounds while still utilizing easy-to-operate and familiar control.
  • Exotic wood-topped body adds a bit of dominance to the sonic presentation.
  • Choice of Mahogany or Alder body back will further incline your preferred style, slightly emphasizing mid-focused humbucker tones or wider single coil tones, respectively. A Basswood body back will balance in the middle between the two sounds and Swamp Ash will bequeath open, delicate and airy musicality.
  • Solid or Hollow body chambers gives growl or smooth flowing sounds of the same nature.

Mongrel

Added versatility and improved ergonomics thanks to its angled control layout.

Mongrel is any of the wonderful Anderson “T” models with full and comfortable body contours, crowned with an “S” pickguard.

Usually (but it doesn’t have to be) appointed with some kind of tremolo system, Anderson assembled Vintage Trem or Floyd Rose bridge.

All together this makes one superbly cool, familiar and yet totally unique guitar that possesses some attributes never before accessible in one instrument.

A perfect combination, a real Mongrel.

Drop Mongrel

Added versatility and improved ergonomics thanks to its angled control layout.

Drop Mongrel is any of the wonderful Anderson “T” models with full and comfortable body contours, crowned with an “S” pickguard – with the addition of an exotic tone-wood top of your choice!

Usually (but it doesn’t have to be) appointed with some kind of tremolo system, Anderson assembled Vintage Trem or Floyd Rose bridge.

All together this makes one superbly cool, familiar and yet totally unique guitar that possesses some attributes never before accessible in one instrument.

Cobra T

Cobra T will play it all, cross over and through all styles of music, with graceful fluidity.

From the moment Cobra T first appeared on the scene in 1992, its popularity has been utterly overwhelming. Everyone who touches one, seems to want one, and rightly so. But why?

Cobra T is one of the only guitars on Earth (maybe the only one) that is a perfect blend between the formidable sonic muscle of a short scale guitar and the musicality of a long scale guitar. And the only way to get this wonderful blend is aboard a Cobra T (or Cobra S).

  • Cobra T is a short scale guitar. A shorter, 24 3/4-inch scale length means less string tension, fatter mids, and greater ease of bending and reaching.
  • Additionally, Cobra T derives much of its muscle and focused, aggressive midrange by virtue of a mahogany foundation. The Cobra body is attentively hand-selected, pure mahogany, crowned by an exotic wood top, usually beautiful, figured maple.
  • Cobra T’s neck is a sleek and fast mahogany back, embraced by a premiere rosewood fingerboard.

But Cobra T has a bite that will predominate through any mix, on stage or in the studio, giving more life and dimension to every musical passage, an aspect that is usually difficult for most short-scale, mahogany guitars to achieve. Its geometry grants this gift, with its flat neck to body alignment and string through the body bridge choices, saddle tension is increased and clarity is exalted.

Cobra S

This is Cobra…with a sculpted S-shape body…yes, still a guitar that will peerlessly command the show.

Cobra S took its rightful place alongside the renown Cobra, to add the same Cobra crush to the “S” body style. Taking over the (musical) world with an “S” just got a lot easier.

  • Short Scale – 24 3/4-inch strings length. Focused mids, easier reaching and bending.
  • Mahogany Construction: a powerful mahogany foundation of body and neck backs up all Cobra S has to say with midrange muscle.
  • Sleek and svelte, non pickguard “S” delineation.
  • Twin humbuckers – other Anderson pickup options available as well.
  • Simple and versatile switching to access all viable sounds available.
  • Bridge – fully functional vintage-type tremolo or fixed bridge, both with string-through-the-body design for increased saddle tension, offering low-end vibrancy and a bit of a bite, tonally speaking.

Cobra T Special

A classic looker and a very fat, powerful and concentrated mid-range tone.

In guitar jargon the word “special” denotes an all mahogany body, so yes, you guessed it, Cobra T Special is a Cobra that features an all mahogany body (no maple top on the body).  It speaks with a huge, rich mid focused voice.

As with Cobras of all varieties, feature a 24 3/4-inch scale length and mahogany based construction to further accentuate its mid focus might.

Cobra T Special can be equipped as you desire, with any of our humbucking pickups or our wonderful soapbar style pickups.

The shorter 24 3/4-inch string-length in combination with its all mahogany body means that when you include the aforementioned pickups, you have the most beautiful sounding and structurally stable guitar of this type found anywhere.

Cobra S Special

In an all out playing situations, Cobra S Special hangs onto you like a well refined Anderson “S” should.

The unique attributes that make the Cobra S Special so special are:

  • Svelte Anderson S style body.
  • Shorter 24 3/4-inch scale length.
  • An all mahogany body is the matrix for focused and prevailing midrange tones that run the show. All mahogany body means fat and full with smooth definition.

Laid into this foundation, any of our full sized humbuckers will sing with an authoritative voice and split down (single coil like tone) to an unparalleled parallel tone as well.

Load PQ series coils into this very special Cobra S Special and the soapbar pickup world is yours so clean up.

And if that was not enough to make you never stop smiling while you play, imagine all of the aforementioned sonic advantages performing peerlessly, in tune, with all overtones resonating in sympathetic consensus, harmoniously lush chord voices. This means unprecedented musical sweetness.

Angel

24 frets of super-fast playability.

Angel is:

  • Gorgeous exotic wood-topped body.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playability.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

Think of Angel as a Drop Top with a full two-octave range. But that is just the beginning. Completely designed and aligned from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities. Gorgeously reshaped and balanced body allows extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways and longer horns.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Angel is endowed with the best playing guitar necks—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in a medley of back shapes. Easy to fly.

The absence of pickup rings contributes to Angel’s more modern, clean lines but also serves a higher purpose of elevated performance. No pickup ring styling enables the neck pickup to nestle nearer the 24th harmonic for the richest “24” neck tone obtainable. Lush.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way, 3-Way or Switcheroo switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Angel Player

The “Player” was initially envisioned for the working guitar player who’s practical focus is all about the best tone and handling possible. But, of course, Angel Player has also become a favorite for its refined 24-fret vintage persona.

Angel Player is an Angel boasting an all Tone-wood body with fully-elevated performance capabilities and time-honored, traditional look.  But that is merely the beginning.  Angel Player was completely designed and refined from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities.  We gorgeously created and shaped its body lines to allow extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways and longer horns, as we simultaneously optimized balance to comfortably hang with you all night long.

  • 24 frets of super-fast playability.
  • Hand-selected all Tone-wood body.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playing feel.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Angel is endowed with the best playing guitar necks—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in a medley of our Even-Taper back shapes.  Feel the freedom.

The absence of pickup rings not only contributes to Angel Player’s cleaner and more modern lines but simultaneously serves the higher purpose of maximizing sonic character.  No pickup ring styling enables the neck pickup to nestle nearer the 24th harmonic for the richest “24” neck tone obtainable.  Lush.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way, 3-Way or Switcheroo switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Guardian Angel

Think of Guardian Angel as a Drop Top Classic with a full two-octave range.  But that is just the beginning.  Completely designed and aligned from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities.  Gorgeously reshaped and balanced body allows extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways and longer horns.

  • 24 frets of super-fast playability.
  • Gorgeous exotic wood-topped body.
  • Pickguard styling.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playability.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Guardian Angel is endowed with the best playing guitar necks to be found anywhere—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in an array of our Even-Taper back shapes. Unparalleled performances.

Guardian Angel’s pickguard is specifically cut as to nuzzle its neck pickup nearest the 24th harmonic, for the richest “24” neck tone obtainable. You may like to call it, 24-fret neck-pickup magic.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Guardian Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way, or 3-Way switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Guardian Angel Player

Guardian Angel Player is 24 frets of unrivaled Anderson excellence characterized by its refined classic Pickguard atop a hand-selected, all Tone-wood body.

Guardian Angel Player is an Angel powered by an all Tone-wood body and stylized with classic Pickguard appointments.  Its full two-octave superstructure was forged from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities.  We beautifully crafted its exquisite body physique to easily allow extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways, while the longer horns balance the Angel frame to perfection.  Super comfortable.

  • 24 frets of super-fast playability.
  • Hand-selected all Tone-wood body.
  • Pickguard styling.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playability.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Guardian Angel Player is endowed with the best playing guitar necks to be found anywhere—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in an array of our Even-Taper back shapes. So good!

Created as classic go-to guitar for the working “player” who prefers the merits of 24 frets, Guardian Angel Player’s prowess has made it coveted by everyone seeking incomparable performance and classic good looks in one phenomenal instrument.

Not just classic good looks, Guardian Angel Player’s pickguard is specifically cut to align its neck pickup to the point nearest the 24th harmonic.  The richest neck tone a 24 fret guitar could ever exude is an easy endeavor for Guardian Angel Player.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Guardian Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way or 3-Way switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Raven Classic

The offset styled guitar designed from the outset to play exquisitely well.

Your most profound offset style guitar dreams have become a reality. Now you can step on stage with the avant garde look of an offset and have the Anderson assurance that you are strapped into a unique instrument that will perform peerlessly in your hands.

  • Balanced, lightweight and stable, a joy to strap on and play all night long.
  • Not over-sized or undersized but a body of just right proportions. it immediately feels like your old, best friend, that is full of brand new excitement and experiences.
  • A solid foundation supports unparalleled tone and resonance, where every sonic nuance rings out with alacrity.

The reliable intonation and tuning stability makes Raven a joy to play with any and every style of music. No worries, just plug and play with wild abandon.

Raven Superbird

Flat out guitar horsepower.

Built in a very particular way and on a very particular platform to maximize and project midrange performance. With svelte and chiseled good looks, now known as Raven Superbird.

  • Scale Length: 24 3/4-inch
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Pickups: All Anderson Pickup options available
  • Switching: Anderson All-Access 3-Way Switching

Power your way through everything with alternative style and musical grace. Thanks to its Anderson musical heritage, this bird can sing, as well as crush.

Bobcat

A carved maple top is the crowning glory that defines the beauty of Bobcat. Swift playability and ridiculously rich, musical midrange muscle make it the single-cut guitar that can do it all. More styles, more sounds in more ways.

Bobcat is an Anderson guitar through and through, and as such every outrageous Anderson attribute is soundly intact and at your beck and call:

Smooth and fast, Bobcat’s buttery playability is just effortless to play and bend, for as far as you would like to push it.

Unbelievably resonant, Bobcat rings seemingly forever, even unplugged. One chord and you will know how big, how vibrant, how full and how in tune a guitar can actually be.

Unique 3-on-a-side headstock with nearly straight string pull renders unparalleled tuning ease and stability while offering a much stronger neck to headstock union.

Encircling the entire back circumference of the body is a smooth, soft cut radius for next to body comfort. It is fantastic to hold Bobcat close.

Hand selected, kiln dried mahogany means Bobcat’s overall weight is less than you’d expect from this style of instrument. Just so nice to strap on and play all night long.

Uniquely styled lower horn takes its styling cue from our Raven model. Rounded, shortened and deeper cut, it splays slightly outward to noticeably grant easier access to the highest regions of the fretboard and balances Bobcat’s center of gravity nicely when sitting to play.  No sliding off the leg for Bobcat, just sit, plant it and play, comfortably.

Countersunk bridge, tailpiece and pickup rings look so, so, so cool and provide a more natural angle for the picking hand and wrist to contact the string plane, makes picking a more effortless motion.

8 hum-free sounds from a simple and traditional 3-way selector and your choice of a two or three knob setup. With Push/Pull pots to cut power for each pickup individually. The addition of an optional VA Boost will multiply the available tonal palette to 16.

Lightweight Tune-o-matic style bridge is standard and wonderful to play, but so is the optional vintage tremolo style bridge if you so desire.

Just a moment is all that will be needed to open your mind and heart, and once you hear how resonant and feel how easily Bobcat plays you will utterly lose your mind, in a good way!

Bobcat Special

Of course Anderson had to make the Bobcat… Special.

Bobcat Special embodies all the same superb playability and performance attributes of the regular Bobcat: fast playability and powerful musical midrange muscle done in a Special way.

An all mahogany slab (not carved top) body

Smooth and fast. Buttery playability, just effortless to play and bend, for as far as you would like to push it.

Yes, with one strum you will know the reason for Anderson select mahogany as the Special vibrantly demonstrates its resonant midrange mastery.

Rounded front and back body edges for extreme playing comfort

When you hang out with Raven you pick up a few things and as such Bobcat Special’s uniquely styled lower horn takes its cue from the Raven Superbird. Rounded, shortened and deeper cut, it splays slightly outward to noticeably grant easier access to the highest regions of the fretboard and balances the Special’s center of gravity nicely when sitting to play.

Unique 3-on-a-side headstock with nearly straight string pull renders unparalleled tuning ease and stability while offering a much stronger neck to headstock union.

Your choice of twin PQ pickups, with or without pickguard styling or dual humbucker pickups without a pickguard.

3–Way tradition and your choice of a two or three knob control layout brings 8 easy sounds under your command.

Lightweight wrap-around style bridge is standard, wonderful to play and rest your hand, and lends to Bobcat Special’s big tone.

Giant all mahogany tone and Anderson resonance flow in concordance with unique style to create Bobcat Special. A very special guitar, from a very special company, done in a very special way.

Crowdster

Live music acoustic guitar tones at their best, with no compromises.

Anyone who has wanted to bring the full and rich sound and timbre of an Acoustic Guitar to the stage knows it is filled with the pitfalls of troublesome feedback and compromised tonality. Sound hole plugs and re-EQing in order to bring it somewhat under control is only a stopgap solution that diminishes lush characteristics and has frustrated many an acoustic guitar player over the years.

The unequivocal answer is here: Not only does a Crowdster play with free flowing non resistance, but you can set your acoustic amp or PA system to project all the tonalities a rich Acoustic Guitar should have and play all night long. Giant, lush, thundering bottom and definitive highs with plenty of midrange support.  And, when the energy of the evening increases and volume levels push up, you can easily match that by competently keeping up with whatever the bass and drums decide to do, while your bountiful acoustic guitar tones remain firmly unaltered.

Crowdster Plus

Plus adds the ability to supplement gorgeous acoustic sound via its specially designed bridge electric guitar pickup.

Same amazing guitar as the regular Crowdster, plus the addition of an Anderson electric guitar pickup made especially for Crowdster. So you can blend in or select impressive supplemental electric guitar sounds to augment Crowdster’s already substantial acoustic voice. Very versatile and very cool! And again, just like the original Crowdster, there is nothing like it anywhere.

Why? Well one reason is its CMA, Crowdster Plus’ electric guitar pickup. CMA has been specifically designed to bring wildly impressive electric guitar tones to Crowdster. Everyone knows that part of an acoustic guitar’s distinctive timbre is due to the use of bronze strings, not electric guitar strings. CMA is an electric guitar pickup designed from the ground up to listen for the nuances bronze strings have to offer and balance output into an impressive electric guitar offering.

And if that wasn’t enough to make you (and everyone listening) completely love your live sounds, there is now: Crowdster Plus N!

You may now choose to position your single superlative electric guitar pickup into the neck position, instead of the bridge position, for warmer, smoother and more sultry tones, if that is your desire.  From smooth jazz to fat rock rhythm and more, “N” is your pathway.

Crowdster Plus 2

Even more versatility, adding a specially designed neck pickup to the regular Plus. Selectable electric guitar pickups that will bring it all to any arena.

The ultimate live music Acoustic Guitar (the Crowdster and Crowdster Plus) has now taken a quantum leap forward with the introduction of the Crowdster Plus 2.

The addition of a socially balanced and specially designed neck pickup unlocks almost unlimited potential and versatility, as any acoustic or electric guitar requisition now opens before you with ease, making Crowdster Plus 2 the most powerful Crowdster ever, and perhaps the most powerful and versatile guitar in your arsenal.

Crowdster Plus 2 features the same wonderfully lush and uncompromised live music acoustic abilities as the Crowdster Acoustic, expanded to utter magnificence by 2 electric guitar pickups that are specifically tuned to listen to the voice of bronze strings.

So all your acoustic guitar attributes remain firmly embedded while a large variety of ripping electric tones are now at your command.

Crowdster Player

Pure uncompromised Crowdster performance with no frills and no worries.

Crowdster Player is the standard Crowdster with the working player in mind, a full functioning Crowdster at a price anyone can afford. Featuring an AAA grade maple top, chambered Alder back, with several finishes to choose from.

The S Family

The Classic

Is the Classic the most profound, best playing and best sounding vintage double cut-away electric guitar on Earth?

Clearly undisputed, “Yes!” is the answer. The whole story:

When something remains as an unrealized dream for long enough it becomes a fantasy. A fantasy is the belief that there is no such thing in the real world. This is a mindset that surrounds the legend of the “vintage guitar.” That it is unobtainable. That you cannot have a vintage instrument that will play like lightning, sing like angels and be reasonably priced.

But when looked deeply, this is a mistaken perception and once perception is corrected, bliss returns. Bliss is restored to the musical world in the form of: The Classic.

The Classic is the vintage guitar of your wildest dreams, and beyond, the one you always knew should exist but you were unable to touch in physical form, until now.

Alder: Is the first and most popular choice among players, as an alder body bestows it gifts of full and boosted low-mid frequencies accompanied by predominate upper mid prominence. It is these qualities that bring big single coil tones effortlessly forward in the mix, when paired with the right amp for you. Humbuckers enjoy a lower end bump and slightly less all-middle-only tone.

Swamp Ash: The open and ethereal, delicate, airy and complex “S” tone.  Soft, soothing open middle lays the groundwork to showcase rich low, lows; highlighted with sparkling and softly sweet, musical highs.

Basswood: Soft and bountiful midrange makes itself abundant as this is the wood that defined the core humbucker sound of the 80s in a 25 1/2-inch scale length guitar.

Icon

Vintage guitar of your imagination improved beyond your wildest electric guitar dreams.

Nowhere near a copycat of any kind, Icon lifts you on wings of unprecedented playability, tonality and resonance that are really astounding. Giant vintage tones resound beyond normal expectations and unlimited string bends abound—push ‘em as far as you can push—still ringing out.

So truly satisfying to play!

Yes, Icon is in production and it is magnificent. It is the no compromise vintage guitar.

But Icon does it in a totally iconic way, and with no vintage compromises. Icon has the look but not the limited playability, so all the Anderson attributes are soundly intact with the vintage visual attractions of:

  • Full-sized S-style body silhouette
  • Top Jack
  • Three numbered knobs
  • One rear strap button

So you could say: Icon looks just right and plays just right. And almost every Anderson option is available, as long as it does not alter the time-honored look.

Another interesting aspect of Icon is that many are ordered with Satin Finishes. Anderson has the smoothest Satin finishes in all the colors. But if your preference is a shimmering shine Anderson has all those wonderful Gloss colors as well. What is the one color that you have always imagined yourself holding?

And what is the best part of dreams? It is the moment you awaken to find that reality now exceeds them.

Drop Top Classic

The “S” shape is clearly brought to its apex in the form of Drop Top Classic.

Drop Top Classic offers its eye popping gifts accompanied with the class of a classic pickguard, hence the name Drop Top Classic.

But its name not only denotes a look rooted in tradition but in its intrinsic sound as well. Yes, this classy guarded guitar not only delivers classic good looks but the anatomy of the actual pickguard itself creates a more “Classic” tone, a tone to certainly please a connoisseur of the classics.

Drop Top Classic announces itself with a radiant book-matched flame or quilted maple, koa or walnut top that is actually bent (or “dropped”) over a carefully chosen tone wood body create a smooth and comfortable, swooping forearm contour, and it does it all in keeping with the traditional of pickguard styling.

Since 1991 Drop Top Classic has been the fancy, classic “S” to own. Before this time nothing like it existed. You could say, it was an inspired revelation that started a joyous revolution, of guitars that is.

Drop Top

Drop Top features a beautiful piece of book matched tonewood that is “dropped” over a tonewood body-back.

Before the introduction of the magnificent Drop Top in 1990, the number of “S” style guitars that had a maple top that was “dropped” to create a comfortable forearm contour were exactly zero.

As a result of this design, a body top thickness of 3/16 of an inch is chosen, which actually enhances and enrichens the sonic character of the instrument. The result is a guitar that not only plays effortlessly, is extremely comfortable, and sounds amazing but is so darn good looking that if you don’t dress well it just may upstage you.

Today, along with your choice of flame or quilted maple, walnut or koa top, Drop Top now offers four choices of body backing tone wood to bring the sonic character you desire from your “S” to bear on the bandstand:

Alder back: our most popular backing wood, its lower-mid fullness and upper-mid bump give a familiar “S” timbre that supports the lower-end fullness of single coil pickups and humbuckers alike while its upper-mid penetration makes sure other instruments are unable to step into your spot on stage.

Mahogany back: focused and aggressive mids bring humbuckers roaring to life and offer an overall powerful experience-, a very popular choice.

Swamp Ash back: Deep low-lows and softly sparkling highs with an open, scooped middle make for a breathtakingly musical presentation of subtle nuances. And the added bonus is that the maple top actually presents this quintessential Swamp Ash tone.

Basswood back: The sound of an 80’s vibe humbucker is defined by this body wood, soft (not hard), full flowing focused mids make everything this wood touches bloom with rich, lush, even-balanced midrange tonality.

Pro Am

The one that really started it all for Anderson.

Back in the mid to late 80’s, humbucker pickups and the Floyd Rose locking tremolo bridge found its way into the double cutaway guitars and a whole new style of Rock was launched.

Also in the mid 80’s, a whole new guitar company was launched, Tom Anderson Guitarworks. As Anderson stated in their first magazine ad, “We are a small American company dedicated to creating the world’s finest feeling, playing and sounding electric guitars. Period!”

Well, it was this commitment that led to the Pro Am, the most amazing feeling, playing and sounding guitar to appear on the scene. It changed everything in the guitar world!

The T Family

T Classic

Guitar Player Magazine said about T Classic, “In our humble estimation, it just doesn’t get any better than this.”

T Classic is:

  • Traditional pickguard trim.
  • Traditional control plate plays host to a 3-Way or 5-Way layout that will deliver so many sounds you will have to add songs to your set list to use them all.
  • Solid or hollow body chambers.

One of these is what you play when you want ripping “T” tones that jump to the forefront of the mix while being supported by rich low-mids.

Top T Classic

The most gorgeous, best sounding, tradition based “T” guitar on Earth, look no further.

These two distinctions are brought together by applying Anderson’s Drop Top driven attributes of:

  • A gorgeous maple or exotic wood top that is swooped (or dropped) over the forearm contour of a tone wood backed body to create comfort, beautiful tone and exquisite playability.
  • Traditional pickguard trim.
  • Traditional control plate plays host to a 3-Way or 5-Way layout that will deliver so many sounds you will have to add songs to your set list to use them all.
  • Solid or hollow body chambers.

Top T

There are quite a few reasons why Top T has such an extreme range:

  • “T” body: when done properly, its overall shape offers a sonic signature that falls in a middle ground between the “S” shape and Bulldog. Broader than S, more snap and pop than Bulldog.
  • Anderson switching allows easy 5-Way or Switcheroo access to an almost uncountable amount of sounds while still utilizing easy-to-operate and familiar control.
  • Exotic wood-topped body adds a bit of dominance to the sonic presentation.
  • Choice of Mahogany or Alder body back will further incline your preferred style, slightly emphasizing mid-focused humbucker tones or wider single coil tones, respectively. A Basswood body back will balance in the middle between the two sounds and Swamp Ash will bequeath open, delicate and airy musicality.
  • Solid or Hollow body chambers gives growl or smooth flowing sounds of the same nature.

Mongrel

Added versatility and improved ergonomics thanks to its angled control layout.

Mongrel is any of the wonderful Anderson “T” models with full and comfortable body contours, crowned with an “S” pickguard.

Usually (but it doesn’t have to be) appointed with some kind of tremolo system, Anderson assembled Vintage Trem or Floyd Rose bridge.

All together this makes one superbly cool, familiar and yet totally unique guitar that possesses some attributes never before accessible in one instrument.

A perfect combination, a real Mongrel.

Drop Mongrel

Added versatility and improved ergonomics thanks to its angled control layout.

Drop Mongrel is any of the wonderful Anderson “T” models with full and comfortable body contours, crowned with an “S” pickguard – with the addition of an exotic tone-wood top of your choice!

Usually (but it doesn’t have to be) appointed with some kind of tremolo system, Anderson assembled Vintage Trem or Floyd Rose bridge.

All together this makes one superbly cool, familiar and yet totally unique guitar that possesses some attributes never before accessible in one instrument.

Cobra

Cobra T

Cobra T will play it all, cross over and through all styles of music, with graceful fluidity.

From the moment Cobra T first appeared on the scene in 1992, its popularity has been utterly overwhelming. Everyone who touches one, seems to want one, and rightly so. But why?

Cobra T is one of the only guitars on Earth (maybe the only one) that is a perfect blend between the formidable sonic muscle of a short scale guitar and the musicality of a long scale guitar. And the only way to get this wonderful blend is aboard a Cobra T (or Cobra S).

  • Cobra T is a short scale guitar. A shorter, 24 3/4-inch scale length means less string tension, fatter mids, and greater ease of bending and reaching.
  • Additionally, Cobra T derives much of its muscle and focused, aggressive midrange by virtue of a mahogany foundation. The Cobra body is attentively hand-selected, pure mahogany, crowned by an exotic wood top, usually beautiful, figured maple.
  • Cobra T’s neck is a sleek and fast mahogany back, embraced by a premiere rosewood fingerboard.

But Cobra T has a bite that will predominate through any mix, on stage or in the studio, giving more life and dimension to every musical passage, an aspect that is usually difficult for most short-scale, mahogany guitars to achieve. Its geometry grants this gift, with its flat neck to body alignment and string through the body bridge choices, saddle tension is increased and clarity is exalted.

Cobra S

This is Cobra…with a sculpted S-shape body…yes, still a guitar that will peerlessly command the show.

Cobra S took its rightful place alongside the renown Cobra, to add the same Cobra crush to the “S” body style. Taking over the (musical) world with an “S” just got a lot easier.

  • Short Scale – 24 3/4-inch strings length. Focused mids, easier reaching and bending.
  • Mahogany Construction: a powerful mahogany foundation of body and neck backs up all Cobra S has to say with midrange muscle.
  • Sleek and svelte, non pickguard “S” delineation.
  • Twin humbuckers – other Anderson pickup options available as well.
  • Simple and versatile switching to access all viable sounds available.
  • Bridge – fully functional vintage-type tremolo or fixed bridge, both with string-through-the-body design for increased saddle tension, offering low-end vibrancy and a bit of a bite, tonally speaking.

Cobra T Special

A classic looker and a very fat, powerful and concentrated mid-range tone.

In guitar jargon the word “special” denotes an all mahogany body, so yes, you guessed it, Cobra T Special is a Cobra that features an all mahogany body (no maple top on the body).  It speaks with a huge, rich mid focused voice.

As with Cobras of all varieties, feature a 24 3/4-inch scale length and mahogany based construction to further accentuate its mid focus might.

Cobra T Special can be equipped as you desire, with any of our humbucking pickups or our wonderful soapbar style pickups.

The shorter 24 3/4-inch string-length in combination with its all mahogany body means that when you include the aforementioned pickups, you have the most beautiful sounding and structurally stable guitar of this type found anywhere.

Cobra S Special

In an all out playing situations, Cobra S Special hangs onto you like a well refined Anderson “S” should.

The unique attributes that make the Cobra S Special so special are:

  • Svelte Anderson S style body.
  • Shorter 24 3/4-inch scale length.
  • An all mahogany body is the matrix for focused and prevailing midrange tones that run the show. All mahogany body means fat and full with smooth definition.

Laid into this foundation, any of our full sized humbuckers will sing with an authoritative voice and split down (single coil like tone) to an unparalleled parallel tone as well.

Load PQ series coils into this very special Cobra S Special and the soapbar pickup world is yours so clean up.

And if that was not enough to make you never stop smiling while you play, imagine all of the aforementioned sonic advantages performing peerlessly, in tune, with all overtones resonating in sympathetic consensus, harmoniously lush chord voices. This means unprecedented musical sweetness.

Angel

Angel

24 frets of super-fast playability.

Angel is:

  • Gorgeous exotic wood-topped body.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playability.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

Think of Angel as a Drop Top with a full two-octave range. But that is just the beginning. Completely designed and aligned from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities. Gorgeously reshaped and balanced body allows extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways and longer horns.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Angel is endowed with the best playing guitar necks—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in a medley of back shapes. Easy to fly.

The absence of pickup rings contributes to Angel’s more modern, clean lines but also serves a higher purpose of elevated performance. No pickup ring styling enables the neck pickup to nestle nearer the 24th harmonic for the richest “24” neck tone obtainable. Lush.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way, 3-Way or Switcheroo switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Angel Player

The “Player” was initially envisioned for the working guitar player who’s practical focus is all about the best tone and handling possible. But, of course, Angel Player has also become a favorite for its refined 24-fret vintage persona.

Angel Player is an Angel boasting an all Tone-wood body with fully-elevated performance capabilities and time-honored, traditional look.  But that is merely the beginning.  Angel Player was completely designed and refined from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities.  We gorgeously created and shaped its body lines to allow extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways and longer horns, as we simultaneously optimized balance to comfortably hang with you all night long.

  • 24 frets of super-fast playability.
  • Hand-selected all Tone-wood body.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playing feel.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Angel is endowed with the best playing guitar necks—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in a medley of our Even-Taper back shapes.  Feel the freedom.

The absence of pickup rings not only contributes to Angel Player’s cleaner and more modern lines but simultaneously serves the higher purpose of maximizing sonic character.  No pickup ring styling enables the neck pickup to nestle nearer the 24th harmonic for the richest “24” neck tone obtainable.  Lush.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way, 3-Way or Switcheroo switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Guardian Angel

Think of Guardian Angel as a Drop Top Classic with a full two-octave range.  But that is just the beginning.  Completely designed and aligned from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities.  Gorgeously reshaped and balanced body allows extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways and longer horns.

  • 24 frets of super-fast playability.
  • Gorgeous exotic wood-topped body.
  • Pickguard styling.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playability.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Guardian Angel is endowed with the best playing guitar necks to be found anywhere—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in an array of our Even-Taper back shapes. Unparalleled performances.

Guardian Angel’s pickguard is specifically cut as to nuzzle its neck pickup nearest the 24th harmonic, for the richest “24” neck tone obtainable. You may like to call it, 24-fret neck-pickup magic.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Guardian Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way, or 3-Way switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Guardian Angel Player

Guardian Angel Player is 24 frets of unrivaled Anderson excellence characterized by its refined classic Pickguard atop a hand-selected, all Tone-wood body.

Guardian Angel Player is an Angel powered by an all Tone-wood body and stylized with classic Pickguard appointments.  Its full two-octave superstructure was forged from the ground up to be a 24 fret “angel” of a guitar with unparalleled abilities.  We beautifully crafted its exquisite body physique to easily allow extended access to the upper frets, via the deeper cut-aways, while the longer horns balance the Angel frame to perfection.  Super comfortable.

  • 24 frets of super-fast playability.
  • Hand-selected all Tone-wood body.
  • Pickguard styling.
  • Unique Angel body silhouette for easy access to the upper-most frets and beautifully balanced playability.
  • Comfortably sculpted front and back contours.

As with all Anderson Guitars, Guardian Angel Player is endowed with the best playing guitar necks to be found anywhere—Anderson’s legendary, super-fast and ultra-easy playability in an array of our Even-Taper back shapes. So good!

Created as classic go-to guitar for the working “player” who prefers the merits of 24 frets, Guardian Angel Player’s prowess has made it coveted by everyone seeking incomparable performance and classic good looks in one phenomenal instrument.

Not just classic good looks, Guardian Angel Player’s pickguard is specifically cut to align its neck pickup to the point nearest the 24th harmonic.  The richest neck tone a 24 fret guitar could ever exude is an easy endeavor for Guardian Angel Player.

All Anderson pickups and pickup layouts are available for Guardian Angel so you can outfit as you prefer and access all your favorite electric guitar tones—and much more—via our familiar and intuitive, multi-dimensional, 5-Way or 3-Way switching setups, which easily brings all sounds you could ever imagine under your command.

Raven

Raven Classic

The offset styled guitar designed from the outset to play exquisitely well.

Your most profound offset style guitar dreams have become a reality. Now you can step on stage with the avant garde look of an offset and have the Anderson assurance that you are strapped into a unique instrument that will perform peerlessly in your hands.

  • Balanced, lightweight and stable, a joy to strap on and play all night long.
  • Not over-sized or undersized but a body of just right proportions. it immediately feels like your old, best friend, that is full of brand new excitement and experiences.
  • A solid foundation supports unparalleled tone and resonance, where every sonic nuance rings out with alacrity.

The reliable intonation and tuning stability makes Raven a joy to play with any and every style of music. No worries, just plug and play with wild abandon.

Raven Superbird

Flat out guitar horsepower.

Built in a very particular way and on a very particular platform to maximize and project midrange performance. With svelte and chiseled good looks, now known as Raven Superbird.

  • Scale Length: 24 3/4-inch
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Pickups: All Anderson Pickup options available
  • Switching: Anderson All-Access 3-Way Switching

Power your way through everything with alternative style and musical grace. Thanks to its Anderson musical heritage, this bird can sing, as well as crush.

Bobcat

Bobcat

A carved maple top is the crowning glory that defines the beauty of Bobcat. Swift playability and ridiculously rich, musical midrange muscle make it the single-cut guitar that can do it all. More styles, more sounds in more ways.

Bobcat is an Anderson guitar through and through, and as such every outrageous Anderson attribute is soundly intact and at your beck and call:

Smooth and fast, Bobcat’s buttery playability is just effortless to play and bend, for as far as you would like to push it.

Unbelievably resonant, Bobcat rings seemingly forever, even unplugged. One chord and you will know how big, how vibrant, how full and how in tune a guitar can actually be.

Unique 3-on-a-side headstock with nearly straight string pull renders unparalleled tuning ease and stability while offering a much stronger neck to headstock union.

Encircling the entire back circumference of the body is a smooth, soft cut radius for next to body comfort. It is fantastic to hold Bobcat close.

Hand selected, kiln dried mahogany means Bobcat’s overall weight is less than you’d expect from this style of instrument. Just so nice to strap on and play all night long.

Uniquely styled lower horn takes its styling cue from our Raven model. Rounded, shortened and deeper cut, it splays slightly outward to noticeably grant easier access to the highest regions of the fretboard and balances Bobcat’s center of gravity nicely when sitting to play.  No sliding off the leg for Bobcat, just sit, plant it and play, comfortably.

Countersunk bridge, tailpiece and pickup rings look so, so, so cool and provide a more natural angle for the picking hand and wrist to contact the string plane, makes picking a more effortless motion.

8 hum-free sounds from a simple and traditional 3-way selector and your choice of a two or three knob setup. With Push/Pull pots to cut power for each pickup individually. The addition of an optional VA Boost will multiply the available tonal palette to 16.

Lightweight Tune-o-matic style bridge is standard and wonderful to play, but so is the optional vintage tremolo style bridge if you so desire.

Just a moment is all that will be needed to open your mind and heart, and once you hear how resonant and feel how easily Bobcat plays you will utterly lose your mind, in a good way!

Bobcat Special

Of course Anderson had to make the Bobcat… Special.

Bobcat Special embodies all the same superb playability and performance attributes of the regular Bobcat: fast playability and powerful musical midrange muscle done in a Special way.

An all mahogany slab (not carved top) body

Smooth and fast. Buttery playability, just effortless to play and bend, for as far as you would like to push it.

Yes, with one strum you will know the reason for Anderson select mahogany as the Special vibrantly demonstrates its resonant midrange mastery.

Rounded front and back body edges for extreme playing comfort

When you hang out with Raven you pick up a few things and as such Bobcat Special’s uniquely styled lower horn takes its cue from the Raven Superbird. Rounded, shortened and deeper cut, it splays slightly outward to noticeably grant easier access to the highest regions of the fretboard and balances the Special’s center of gravity nicely when sitting to play.

Unique 3-on-a-side headstock with nearly straight string pull renders unparalleled tuning ease and stability while offering a much stronger neck to headstock union.

Your choice of twin PQ pickups, with or without pickguard styling or dual humbucker pickups without a pickguard.

3–Way tradition and your choice of a two or three knob control layout brings 8 easy sounds under your command.

Lightweight wrap-around style bridge is standard, wonderful to play and rest your hand, and lends to Bobcat Special’s big tone.

Giant all mahogany tone and Anderson resonance flow in concordance with unique style to create Bobcat Special. A very special guitar, from a very special company, done in a very special way.

Crowdster

Crowdster

Live music acoustic guitar tones at their best, with no compromises.

Anyone who has wanted to bring the full and rich sound and timbre of an Acoustic Guitar to the stage knows it is filled with the pitfalls of troublesome feedback and compromised tonality. Sound hole plugs and re-EQing in order to bring it somewhat under control is only a stopgap solution that diminishes lush characteristics and has frustrated many an acoustic guitar player over the years.

The unequivocal answer is here: Not only does a Crowdster play with free flowing non resistance, but you can set your acoustic amp or PA system to project all the tonalities a rich Acoustic Guitar should have and play all night long. Giant, lush, thundering bottom and definitive highs with plenty of midrange support.  And, when the energy of the evening increases and volume levels push up, you can easily match that by competently keeping up with whatever the bass and drums decide to do, while your bountiful acoustic guitar tones remain firmly unaltered.

Crowdster Plus

Plus adds the ability to supplement gorgeous acoustic sound via its specially designed bridge electric guitar pickup.

Same amazing guitar as the regular Crowdster, plus the addition of an Anderson electric guitar pickup made especially for Crowdster. So you can blend in or select impressive supplemental electric guitar sounds to augment Crowdster’s already substantial acoustic voice. Very versatile and very cool! And again, just like the original Crowdster, there is nothing like it anywhere.

Why? Well one reason is its CMA, Crowdster Plus’ electric guitar pickup. CMA has been specifically designed to bring wildly impressive electric guitar tones to Crowdster. Everyone knows that part of an acoustic guitar’s distinctive timbre is due to the use of bronze strings, not electric guitar strings. CMA is an electric guitar pickup designed from the ground up to listen for the nuances bronze strings have to offer and balance output into an impressive electric guitar offering.

And if that wasn’t enough to make you (and everyone listening) completely love your live sounds, there is now: Crowdster Plus N!

You may now choose to position your single superlative electric guitar pickup into the neck position, instead of the bridge position, for warmer, smoother and more sultry tones, if that is your desire.  From smooth jazz to fat rock rhythm and more, “N” is your pathway.

Crowdster Plus 2

Even more versatility, adding a specially designed neck pickup to the regular Plus. Selectable electric guitar pickups that will bring it all to any arena.

The ultimate live music Acoustic Guitar (the Crowdster and Crowdster Plus) has now taken a quantum leap forward with the introduction of the Crowdster Plus 2.

The addition of a socially balanced and specially designed neck pickup unlocks almost unlimited potential and versatility, as any acoustic or electric guitar requisition now opens before you with ease, making Crowdster Plus 2 the most powerful Crowdster ever, and perhaps the most powerful and versatile guitar in your arsenal.

Crowdster Plus 2 features the same wonderfully lush and uncompromised live music acoustic abilities as the Crowdster Acoustic, expanded to utter magnificence by 2 electric guitar pickups that are specifically tuned to listen to the voice of bronze strings.

So all your acoustic guitar attributes remain firmly embedded while a large variety of ripping electric tones are now at your command.

Crowdster Player

Pure uncompromised Crowdster performance with no frills and no worries.

Crowdster Player is the standard Crowdster with the working player in mind, a full functioning Crowdster at a price anyone can afford. Featuring an AAA grade maple top, chambered Alder back, with several finishes to choose from.

OPTIONS

Single Coil

VA Series

The sweetest true vintage, staggered magnet, S-size single coil pickups ever created. Wound to be full bodied and lush, without a hint of that cloudy, over-wound sound. Highs are unbelievably sweet and soft, always soothing and never harsh.

  • VA 7: Anderson’s most popular vintage series pickups. The VA7’s slightly reduced pole piece stagger welcomes a fuller bottom end, with less potential for string rattle.
  • VA 7R: Reverse wound VA7 for hum-cancelling configurations.
  • VA 7+: Hotter output for balanced neck to bridge transitions.
SF Series

The most musical S-size single coil, hum-cancelling pickups. Everyone loves the SF, a real breakthrough. Even richer than real vintage coils, with equal effervescence highlighted by sweet, soft and lush highs. Pairs well with our humbuckers in the SSH configuration.

  • SF 1: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-cancelling. Great for neck and middle applications.
  • SF 2: Hot single coil sound, hum-cancelling. Great for hotter neck and middle applications.
  • SF 1R: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-cancelling. Reverse wound.
  • SF 2R: Hot single coil sound, hum cancelling. Reverse wound.
SC Series

The same ultra musical sound as the SF-Series pickups—the most musical S size single coil, hum-canceling, pickups ever heard—a real breakthrough—even richer than real vintage coils with equal effervescence, highlighted by sweet, soft and lush highs
but… SCs are sheltered under the cover of coffee dipped, black or white covers.

  • SC 1-: True vintage level, single coil sound, hum-canceling (great for neck and middle application).
  • SC 1: Slightly more than vintage level, single coil sound, humcanceling (great for neck and middle application).
  • SC 2: Hot single coil-sound, hum-canceling (great for hotter neck and middle application or for bridge with SC1- in neck & middle).
  • SC 3: Hotter single coil-sound, hum-canceling (bridge application to balance w SC1s).
SA Series

Longtime standard for hum-canceling, S-size single coils, SAs speak with a dynamic voice characterized by full bodied low mids & clear, dynamic high.

  • SA 1: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-canceling (great for neck and middle application).
  • SA 1R: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-canceling, reverse wound.
  • SA 2: Hot single coil-sound, hum-canceling (great for hotter neck and middle application).
  • SA 2R: Hot single coil-sound, hum-canceling, reverse wound.
  • SA 2+: Hotter single coil-sound, hum-canceling (bridge application to balance w SA1s).
  • SA 2+R:  Hotter single coil-sound, hum-canceling, reverse wound.

Humbucker

H Series

The time honored Anderson humbucker series. A complete line of broadband (full frequency response) humbuckers, characterized by ample amounts of lows and highs while still having plenty of midrange power, never squashed or narrow but always big, full and robust. Due to their construction, these pickups also split amazingly well.

  • H 1-: The perfect neck pickup to balance with the H2+ or H2 at the bridge, full, throaty neck humbucker tones that are never bloated, open, clear and rich, splits really well.
  • H 1: Same as the H1- above but with a little more output and fullness for additional oomph. Perfect balance for an H3 bridge pickup or those that want more neck fullness.
  • H 1+: Same layout as the H1- and H1 but with even a little more mids and lows for bigger neck tones. Occasionally this pickup can even find its way into the bridge position.
  • H 2: Medium hot and nicely balanced for mid power supported by clarity and thump.
  • H 2+: Perhaps our most popular bridge humbucker. Not too hot, not too cold but just right with a big low end. Full mids without giving up all the highs and lows.
  • H 3: Thicker, fuller and hotter than the H2+, this is where musical legato begins. Makes the picking hand feel completely fluid while still presenting more than just midrange-only tone.
  • H 3+: A step up from the H3 with a touch more gain and low end power.
HC Series

Within the sanctuary of a sleek and smooth cover beats the heart of a vintage lion. Mild to medium to hot output, HCs sing with a wonderful vintage flavored voice, depicted by focused midrange energy and enlightened by extremely musical upper-mids and seasoned with sweet, soft and soothing highs.

  • HC 1-: A succulent and sweet and clear neck humbucker—throaty and full neck humbucker tones we all love without being overly bloated. A nice match with the vintage-level HC1+ in the bridge position.
  • HC 1: More neck humbucker saturation, output and smoothness than HC1- while still retaining equilibrium for the neck position perfection. The quintessential mate for the medium-hot HC2 in the bridge position.
  • HC 1+: Vintage level output and signature, with a voice of mid-centered perfection, surrounded by soft, articulate upper-mids and highs.
  • HC 2: Who wouldn’t love a medium-hot output package with all the vintage flavor firmly in place, wound to create a full bouquet of tonalities. Muscular mids with a smattering of lush and soft highlights so it is impressively musical, with never a hint of that “oops, I accidentally sat on a duck,” tone. Beautiful from all tonal angles.
  • HC 3: The HC Series solution to hot output, with vintage character still nicely intact. Just pushes the front of the amp a touch more or when a bit more musical muscle is needed.
  • HC 3+:  Surprisingly musical and sweet but will roar when required. You will be very pleased, getting classic rock to shred tones.
HF Series

Mild to medium to hot output, HFs sing with a wonderful vintage-flavored voice, depicted by focused midrange energy and enlightened by extremely musical upper-mids and seasoned with sweet, soft and soothing highs.

  • HF 1-: A humbucker that can still deliver flash when a moment of single coil covering is necessary—while still retaining the ability to create throaty and full neck humbucker tones—just no bloat. A very nice match with the vintage-level HF1+ in the bridge position.
  • HF 1: To match and swap stories with the HF2 in the bridge position, this is the pickup. Not too hot and not too cold but just the perfect balance for throaty neck humbucker tones that can speak expressively.
  • HF 1+: Vintage-level output and signature, with a voice of mid-centered, sweet perfection, surrounded by soft, articulate upper-mids and highs.
  • HF 2: Rivaling the H2+ as out most popular foil for bridge position humbucker assignments, this sweet pickup offers medium-hot output with firmly established vintage roots—muscular mids with an easy overlay of lush and soft highlights—super musical for your listening and playing pleasure.
  • HF 3: Extra saturation with creamy and more forceful output while still staying true to the vintage roots that the HF2 lays out.
  • HF 3+:  Even a touch more sock than HF3 and yet still able to go from classic to extreme—never loosing the musical majesty. You can cover almost any style with this pickup locked and loaded.
HN Series

For bridge application, another time-honored Anderson humbucker series—medium-hot to hot output, focused-field (mid-concentrated frequency response) bridge pickups for an experience of more mid-muscle without sounding “pinched”—still full bodied and surprisingly musical, even at higher power levels.

  • HN 2+: Medium-hot output (somewhere around our H2+) but with a bit more mid tones for easier saturation of sound.
  • HN 3: Musically hot output levels—HN3 utilizes H3 power levels and trades highs and lows for a bit more mid muscle.
  • HN 3+: Take the next step up from the HN3 with a bit more gain and smooth saturation—while still remaining very harmonically rich.

T Size

TV Series

T-size, true vintage, single coils—and beyond—full bodied with just the right amount of nice round and articulate highs.

  • TV 1: T-style neck position covered (chrome or gold) vintage single coil, full bodied and never dulled or muted by the cover.
  • TV 2: T-style bridge position, vintage output—wound for richness with plenty of sweet, beautiful highs, never harsh (reverse wound for hum-canceling combinations w TV1 and VAs).
  • TV 3: T-style, most popular bridge position, hotter for commanding but true single coil tones (reverse wound for hum-canceling combinations w TV1 and VAs).
TF Series

Are these the best T-size single coil, hum-canceling, pickups ever heard? In a word: Yes, yes they are. You will give up nothing to get rich, full bodied tonalities accentuated by sweet, soft and lush highs that are always perfectly smooth and clear.

  • TF 1: Neck position, vintage level, rich and softly clear hum-canceling single coil sound.
  • TF 2: Bridge position, vintage level, hum-canceling single coil sound.
  • TF 3: Most popular hum-canceling bridge position, hotter, richer single coil tones—very sweet.
TD Series

T-size, single coil, hum-canceling, dynamic and full bodied with clear, upfront highs— favorite of those who want their highs to step into the forefront while still supported by ample amounts of low-mids.

  • TD 1-: Neck position, vintage level, single coil sound hum-canceling.
  • TD 3: Bridge position, hot single coilsound, hum-canceling, reverse wound for splitting option.
  • TD 3+: Most popular, hotter single coilsound, hum-canceling, reverse wound for splitting option.
TM Series

M-series pickup mounted on a T-style bridge baseplate for huge, single coil-like, M-Series pickup attributes in TBridge application. (Note: pickup not mountable in ashtray-style bridge.) Angled alignment deliverers equal highs as traditional single but with bigger and more muscular mids (hum canceling, of course).

  • TM 2: Bridge position, balances with M1 in neck position for bigger T-tones everywhere.
  • TM 3: Hotter bridge position, for a little more saturation when T-style dominance is required.

More Creations

HO Series

Anderson’s original vintage-flavored humbucker series—a mix of traditional Anderson and traditional vintage in one pickup—a focused field (midconcentrated frequency response) with vintage and hot vintage level output.

  • HO 1-: This is the neck pickup for this series, humbucker tones with Anderson clarity and concentrated mids. Coordinates nicely with HO1+, HO2 and H2 in the bridge position.
  • HO 1+: Vintage level output for bridge position application—clarity and focus in one package. Also good as neck humbucker with HO2, when thick and throaty is required.
  • HO 2: Medium-hot output offers itself with clarity and mid-focus in this vintage pickups on steroids.
M Series

Reminiscent of a minihumbucker look, closer inspection reveals Ms are like nothing else—sound is unequaled, huge single coil tone (think SRV without tuning down or changing to bigger strings). Ms trade thin, effervescent shimmer for single coil might. If you have been on the search for a fatter single coil tone, without having to resort the tighter focus of a humbucker, this is your magnificent answer (hum canceling, of course).

  • M 1-: Huge and fat, hum-free single coil tone for neck and middle positions.
  • M 2: For balanced bridge application with M1 in neck and middle.
  • M 3: Hotter bridge position, for a little more saturation when you almost want a humbucker—but not quite.
PQ Series

The clean look of a traditional Soapbar-style pickup and the clean sound of no 60-cycle hum. The “Q” stands for quiet!

What do Soapbar-style pickups sound like? The longstanding benefit of a Soapbar-style pickup is that they produce a sound that lives between the weaker F-type, single coil and the fat focus of a humbucker, giving you a sound nothing else can quite achieve. So, think of the wide bandwidth that a single coil pickup delivers—low, lows and stringy, musical highs. Now tame those highs ever so slightly so there is no “shattering glass” timbre, just clear string clarity. Add big, booming lows and give it enough midrange girth to not be wimpy in any situation—but not so much that it is mid-only like a traditional humbucker. Not weak but not overly hot—big enough to be dirty when pushed through your favorite amp and pristine when backed off—without 60-cycle hum! How cool is that? You have the much-loved Soapbar tone at your fingertips.

What’s the big deal? This coveted iconic musical “P” tone has not ever been achievable in a hum-canceling version—UNTIL NOW! Thanks to the Anderson PQ R&D department—real players jamming away until all hours of the night to bring P-performance under your control.

Technically Speaking? How about precision polepiece alignment—means string and polepiece engage in maximum communication. Also, the height adjustment screws have been moved slightly outward for easier and intricate angling and height adjustment.

  • PQ 1-:  For slightly more open, clarity in the neck position, the PQ1- is it.
  • PQ 1: Vintage level Soapbar for neck application, wonderful, rich and full, but not too bloated—and with no hum.
  • PQ 2: Vintage output bridge, full, rich, and gorgeously, hum-free.
  • PQ 3: With tradition still intact, the PQ3 gives more oomph per pick attack, for an elevated level of performance. Rippin’ made easy— and quiet.
PH Series

The tone of a traditional Soapbar-style pickup made to fit humbucker guitars. And quiet too: no 60-cycle hum.

What do Soapbar-style pickups sound like? The longstanding benefit of a Soapbar-style pickup is that they produce a sound that lives between the weaker F-type, single coil and the fat focus of a humbucker, giving you a sound nothing else can quite achieve. So, think of the wide bandwidth that a single coil pickup delivers—low, lows and stringy, musical highs. Now tame those highs ever so slightly so there is no “shattering glass” timbre, just clear string clarity. Add big, booming lows and give it enough midrange girth to not be wimpy in any situation—but not so much that it is mid-only like a traditional humbucker. Not weak but not overly hot—big enough to be dirty when pushed through your favorite amp and pristine when backed off—without 60-cycle hum! How cool is that? You have the much-loved Soapbar tone at your fingertips.

What’s the big deal? This coveted iconic musical “P” tone has not ever been achievable in a hum-canceling version—UNTIL NOW! Thanks to the Anderson PQ R&D department—real players jamming away until all hours of the night to bring P-performance under your control.

Technically Speaking? How about precision polepiece alignment—means string and polepiece engage in maximum communication.

  • PH 1-: For slightly more open, clarity in the neck position, the PH1- is it.
  • PH 1: Vintage level for neck application, wonderful, rich and full, but not too bloated—and with no hum.
  • PH 2: Vintage output bridge, full, rich, and gorgeously, hum-free.
  • PH 3: With tradition still intact, the PH3 gives more oomph per pick attack, for an elevated level of performance. It’s rippin’ made easy— and quiet.

Neck Profiles

Scale Length S Family T Family Cobra Angel Raven Bobcat Crowdster
Traditional: 25 1/2-inch
Short: 24 3/4-inch

Even Taper
A sleek and fast silhouette with not a lot of depth change from the nut to the 12th fret. As your hand slides to the upper frets, playing feel and depth remain relatively the same. The regular Even Taper is a slim and fast neck to play. If you prefer the feel of a bigger (deeper) neck back shape, the Even Taper silhouette can be increased in depth by +.030, +.050, +.070 or +.100 inch. And if you want slimmer, check out the -.020 inch Even Taper.

  • Even-Taper: .810 at the first fret to .870 at the 12th
  • +.030 Even-Taper: .840 at the first fret to .900 at the 12th
  • +.050 Even-Taper: .860 at the first fret to .920 at the 12th
  • +.070 Even-Taper: .880 at the first fret to .940 at the 12th
  • +.100 Even-Taper: .910 at the first fret to .970 at the 12th
  • -.020 Even-Taper: .790 at the first fret to .850 at the 12th

Happy Medium
Medium depth back shape for the: “not too big and not too small but just right” neck feel. As your hand slides to the upper frets, playing depth increase a desirable “medium” amount. The regular Happy Medium is a slim/medium feeling neck. If you prefer the feel of a bigger (deeper) neck back shape, the Happy Medium silhouette can be increased in depth by +.030 or +.050-inch.

  • Happy Medium: .825 at the 1st fret to .915 at the 12th
  • +.030 Happy Medium: .855-inch at the first fret to .945 at the 12th fret
  • +.050 Happy Medium: .875-inch at the first fret to .965 at the 12th fret

60’s Vibe
The defining character of the 60’s Vibe neck is an increase in depth as your hand moves from 1st to 12 fret. With an early 60’s style taper, it is considered a medium-depth neck at the first few frets and becomes a substantial neck when you grab a handful in the upper regions of the fretboard.

  • 60’s Vibe: .835-inch at the first fret to .960 at the 12th fret
  • +.020 60’s Vibe: .855-inch at the first fret to .980 at the 12th fret*
  • -.020 60’s Vibe: (affectionately known as 62 Pete) :.815-inch at the first fret to .940 at the 12th fret

50’s V
Characterized by its 50’s-style “V” back shape. If you like “V necks” you will love these. As your hand slides to the upper frets, playing feel and depth remain relatively the same–but V’ed.

  • Small 50’s V: .860-inch at the first fret to .920-inch at the 12th
  • Large 50’s V: .910-inch at the first fret to .970-inch at the 12th

Acoustic Bronze
The Crowdster neck, a sleek, slim/medium-depth neck for a wonderful Acoustic Guitar feel that plays like warm butter–even on the higher frets.

  • Acoustic Bronze: .820 at the 1st fret to .890 at the 12th

Choosing A Neck

Fingerboard Radius

Fingerboard radius is the actual arch (or curve) of the fret-board surface. This slight curve creates a comfortable playing area while also providing a “space” for string bending. Fingerboard radius is an essential property that facilitates effortless play-ability, when balanced just right. All Anderson fingerboards have a radius of 12 to 14 inch, a very slight conical radius–an imperceptible change from nut to the high resister. Anderson has found this radius to be the “magic number,” the best of all worlds, allowing for a comfortable fret-board arch while offering legendary Anderson silky smooth playability and unlimited string bending with low action height, really nice.

Stainless Steel Frets

Why Stainless Steel Frets?

The playing difference of Stainless Steel frets is astronomically good.  It is always slick, fast and easy every time you take it out of the case.

The result of the stainless steel fret that Anderson uses is silky smooth string bends and liquid smooth vibrato. To play them is to feel like your technique and touch have improved.

Sonically they are so similar to nickel-silver frets that they seem no discernible difference in tone.  But when listening super-carefully in a controlled environment where a change in fret material is the only variable present, some players have noted that Stainless Steel frets can sound a bit more stout and full than the nickel-silver frets they replaced—as if a bit more string sound is transmitted deeper into the wood.

Your experience will certainly be elevated with every ounce of wonderful tone at your fingertips.

Alder

Dating back to the late 1950’s, this is the wood found in more 3 single coil, double cut-away, 25 1/2″ scale length guitars than any other. Due to its wide spread popularity it produces a very familiar tone, a “vintage tone.” Its sound is primarily a thicker, midrange tone. It is very full in the low midrange yet produces enough upper midrange to be clear and articulate.

Alder Top on Hollow Alder Back

This combination certainly produces a big sound. Again, it has very similar tonal characteristics to the solid alder body which is a strong, full low midrange with enough upper mids to be clear and articulate but with added harmonic content. For the Hollow T Classic style guitars, it produces a full, strong, thick yet articulate sound giving up just the smallest amount of mid focus. With the double cutaway body style the band width is more spread out than the solid version and it does not possess quite as much mid focus or articulation. There is also a bit of highs added, not usually characteristic with this wood. Alder is medium tan in color with little to no pronounced grain pattern. It seems to look best with opaque colors or a select few transparent colors, such as Transparent Forest Green, 6120 Orange, 3 Color Burst, Tobacco Burst, Transparent Red, Transparent Amber, Transparent Cherry and Transparent Blue.


Basswood

This wood gained popularity in the 80s and for a time was probably the most used wood for locking tremolo guitars. It is very light weight and produces a fairly even and full mid-range response throughout the entire band width.

Many people feel it is extremely well matched with humbucking pickups because it produces a lot of the same frequencies that humbuckers easily reproduce. This is not to say that single coil tones aren’t great as well.

Toward the end of the late 80s, a few other species of woods were mistakenly thought to be basswood and this seemed to lead to a decline in basswood’s popularity. However, true basswood does produce a very pleasing midrange tone and is the only type of basswood used here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks. Its natural color is light blonde to of white with little to no discernible grain. For this reason, an opaque paint color is usually chosen for a solid basswood body.


Koa Top on Basswood

Koa is a beautiful Hawaiian wood that is deep reddish brown or golden orangish brown in color with a flame grain pattern. There are two finish choices that show off the wood’s natural color, Tobacco Shaded Edge and Cherry Shaded Edge. Koa’s influence on the sound of the backing wood is similar to that of maple but its contribution to the overall sound is not as soft and delicate. It has a harder, more focused upper-mid crispness. This wood is especially amazing sounding on Hollow Drop Top guitars.

Koa Top on Mahogany

The Koa gives a beautiful, rich, clarity to the guitar’s sound. Because of this clarity Anderson recommends its use with hollow chambered guitars. It makes these guitars sound so clear and full that it almost has a solid body character to the sound but with the rich fullness of hollow chambers.


Mahogany

Mahogany is a wood that became popular primarily being used on 24 3/4″ scale length guitars since the 1950’s. Its tone is thick and concentrated with a forceful mid range. Medium brown in color with a red or orange hue, this mid to mid-heavy weight wood has a mild grain pattern that looks great with many transparent finishes.


Maple Top on Alder

This combination produces a bit less middle in its frequency response than does Maple Top with Basswood Back. It can sound similar to Ash but without the complexity in overtones.

Maple Top on Mahogany

The only body wood combination offered on the Cobra guitar models. The Cobra is a 24 3/4″ scale length guitar. With this format, the tone is a thick, powerful mid range sound with plenty of clarity, but with no stabbing high or low lows. All Drop Top models offer as an option, the Mahogany/Maple body wood combination in a 25 1/2″ scale length. The sound of that format is a hard, clear, concentrated mid range that is a bit more spread out over the tonal spectrum than the Cobra. This is a very popular instrument with harder edged players and those seeking a bit more of a modern tone. Due to Mahogany’s natural reddish brown color, this mid to mid-heavy weight wood combination looks fantastic with darker and earth tone transparent colors.

Maple Top on Basswood

This is by far the most popular body wood combination for all the Drop Top models. Basswood/Maple produces a very rich, full sound with great low, middle and high end. Its timbre is a bit more of a fundamental tone with fewer overtones than the more traditional body woods. It is extremely popular for many styles of music because of the wide tonal spectrum that it produces. This combination is rather light in weight and looks beautiful with almost all transparent colors.

Maple Top on Hollow Basswood

The sonic character of this combination is similar to that of its solid body counterpart in that it creates a very full rich sound with great low, middle and high end. The hollow body does produce richer and more abundant overtones which give this combination a whole new character – perhaps moving closer to the traditional wood tones without losing its own personality. It is very light weight and looks great with almost all transparent colors.


Swamp Ash

The other, so called vintage wood, also began its usage in single coil, 25 1/2″ scale length guitars during the early 50’s. It has a rather scooped out midrange tone with a robust low, low end and beautifully musical sparkling highs. The type of ash we use is Swamp Ash. It is lighter in weight and more porous, producing a timbre that is usually richer and less harsh than regular heavy ash. Its color is light blonde, highlighted by a darker brown elongated grain pattern. This wood looks extremely good with many transparent colors.

Swamp Ash Top on Hollow Alder Back

Would you be surprised if this combination sort of produces the sonic characteristics of both Ash and Alder? What it really has is the tighter bottom and fuller low mids of alder without losing some of those beautiful sparkling highs inherent in ash. Of course the weight is very light but the color selection is a bit more limited, than the ash/ash combination, only because the backing wood can look darker than the top wood with lighter transparent shades.

Swamp Ash Top on Hollow Ash Back

This Swamp Ash combination has very similar sound characteristics to that of the solid Swamp Ash body. The differences include greater harmonic content with softer but still pronounced sparkling highs, rich low lows and a slightly softer pick (midrange) attack. This configuration is very light weight, light blonde in color and highlighted by a darker brown elongated grain pattern. Most transparent colors look great on this wood.

What is the difference between Series, Parallel & Split?

The sonic differences between series, parallel and split sounds also vary between vertically stacked pickups (single coil size) and side by side pickups (traditional humbucker).

On a stacked pickup, series and parallel are both hum-free sounds with series being the louder and fuller of the two. The series sound replicates the sound of a single coil but without the hum. The split sound is a true single coil with all the wonderful tones we expect and the hum that goes with them. This sound is also the loudest of the three sounds. This is because the two coils of the pickup are not hearing the string equally due to their stacked configuration. Parallel is a cleaner, lower-output, hum-canceling single coil tone.

With a side by side humbucking pickup both coils are hearing the string equally. The series sound is the traditional strong, mid-focused humbucker tone. It is louder than both the split and parallel sounds. The split is a true single coil and the parallel produces a weaker humbucker tone.


Add-Bridge Push/Pull Switch

Let’s call position 1 the neck position. Positions 1-4 of the 5-Way switch operate traditionally and the master-split toggle switch can be used on any of these settings to get either series or split out of each pickup.

Position 5 is full-power bridge humbucker all the time. This feature allows for soloing with one flick to position 5, no matter which other tone setting are in use. We affectionately call this feature the “Blower Switch.” On the B5 set-up the “Blower Switch” is the 5th position of the 5-Way.

The push/pull of the tone control allows for the addition of the bridge pickup to positions 1 & 2 only. This gives the added pickup combinations of neck + bridge to position 1 and neck + middle + bridge pickups for position 2. The add-bridge switch only functions on positions 1 & 2 so there are no redundant switching positions.

To sum up:
Position 1: Neck Pickup (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 1 alt: (with push/pull in up position) Neck + Bridge Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 2: Neck + Middle Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 2 alt: (with push/pull switch in up position) Neck + Middle + Bridge Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 3: Middle Pickup (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 4: Middle + Bridge Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 5: Bridge Pickup (series always)


Switcheroo

How it works:

With the blower switch in the off position, each pickup switch flipped downward turns on the pickup wired in series.
When each pickup switch is flipped upward, you get either split or parallel depending on which function you have assigned to the upward position of each pickup switch.

To assign function:

On the front of the guitar turn the blower switch off (up) and the pickup switches up. Turn your guitar over and remove the control cover on the lower back. This will reveal three micro switches. Flip switches up to assign split; down for parallel.

What is Series/Parallel or Series/Split? How do they sound?

Series/Parallel or or Series/Split refer to the internal wiring of a pickup. Each humbucking pickup is actually made of two coils of wire. When you shut one off you have split, or a single coil. Series links the two coils together creating one long single path. Parallel connects the two coils as two separate single paths. Series and parallel are both hum canceling.

“Side by Side” humbuckings in series sound powerful, full and rich–the traditional sound of these pickups. Parallel sounds thinner and brighter, and split replicates a single coil sound.

“Over Under” humbuckings produce a rich single coil type sound when wired in series. Parallel is thin, bright and clear. Split is an even richer, full bodied single coil sound.

The 4-switch system on our guitars is quick, simple and extremely versatile:

Pickup Switches: Each pickup switch has an off and on switch. Off is the middle pickup position. Flipping the switch down turns on the pickup wired in series. Flipping the switch up turns on the pickup wired in either parallel or split. (The parallel or split function is assignable–see above).

Blower Switch: The blower switch flipped up to the off position, allows the pickup switches to function as described above. Flipped down to the on position, the three pickup switches are bypassed and the bridge pickup is turned on full power (series).

Example: For a great rhythm sound you decide to have the neck and middle pickups on split. When it’s time for a powerful sounding solo, you simply hit the blower switch and play the solo with the bridge humbucker full power (series). When the solo is over, merely flip the blower switch off and you return to your multi-pickup rhythm sound.


VA Boost

VA Booster is a no-battery powered color change for the pickups to which it is applied, approximately 4db on single coil-style pickups and split humbuckers.  The boost’s effect is less apparent on full-power humbucker pickups but lends a nice saturation and smoothness.

It is as if, with the flick of an unobtrusive mini-toggle switch (see photo), we rewind your pickups for a little more saturation and oomph while still retaining the same overall character, very nice.

Clicking the booster transitions the pickups to the next level, as though we put the “next hotter” set of pickups into your guitar.

Note: VA Boost is subtle sweetness and saturation. It is not like a foot pedal embedded in your guitar. We find foot pedal level boost better applied and adjusted on the floor in front of your amp. The combination of VA Boost and your favorite pedal can be a magic one.

Fixed Bridge

 

Sunken Locking Tremolo with Locking Nut

Tremolo Bridge

 

Locking Tuner

Recessed Floating Tremolo – Locking Saddles

 

Split-shaft Tuner

List of Finishes

Paint jobs are done using a revolutionary ultraviolet light curing process that was pioneered at Anderson Guitarworks. This allows the instrument’s full tonal potential to be unimpeded while still showing off with show stopping beauty.

  • Paint is meticulously applied: a proprietary ultraviolet light process that always yields an ultra thin and breathable finish so the instrument’s resonance is never impaired but always imparted.
  • All finishes are as breathable and resonant as the best of the legendary nitro cellous lacquer finishes, without the intrinsic drying problems of lacquer.
  • Proof of this can be heard in the vibrance of the instrument. One strum unplugged tells the whole story: loud, rich, full and ringing. Nothing rings out like an Anderson Guitar, plugged or unplugged.

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Pickups

Single Coil

VA Series

The sweetest true vintage, staggered magnet, S-size single coil pickups ever created. Wound to be full bodied and lush, without a hint of that cloudy, over-wound sound. Highs are unbelievably sweet and soft, always soothing and never harsh.

  • VA 7: Anderson’s most popular vintage series pickups. The VA7’s slightly reduced pole piece stagger welcomes a fuller bottom end, with less potential for string rattle.
  • VA 7R: Reverse wound VA7 for hum-cancelling configurations.
  • VA 7+: Hotter output for balanced neck to bridge transitions.
SF Series

The most musical S-size single coil, hum-cancelling pickups. Everyone loves the SF, a real breakthrough. Even richer than real vintage coils, with equal effervescence highlighted by sweet, soft and lush highs. Pairs well with our humbuckers in the SSH configuration.

  • SF 1: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-cancelling. Great for neck and middle applications.
  • SF 2: Hot single coil sound, hum-cancelling. Great for hotter neck and middle applications.
  • SF 1R: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-cancelling. Reverse wound.
  • SF 2R: Hot single coil sound, hum cancelling. Reverse wound.
SC Series

The same ultra musical sound as the SF-Series pickups—the most musical S size single coil, hum-canceling, pickups ever heard—a real breakthrough—even richer than real vintage coils with equal effervescence, highlighted by sweet, soft and lush highs
but… SCs are sheltered under the cover of coffee dipped, black or white covers.

  • SC 1-: True vintage level, single coil sound, hum-canceling (great for neck and middle application).
  • SC 1: Slightly more than vintage level, single coil sound, humcanceling (great for neck and middle application).
  • SC 2: Hot single coil-sound, hum-canceling (great for hotter neck and middle application or for bridge with SC1- in neck & middle).
  • SC 3: Hotter single coil-sound, hum-canceling (bridge application to balance w SC1s).
SA Series

Longtime standard for hum-canceling, S-size single coils, SAs speak with a dynamic voice characterized by full bodied low mids & clear, dynamic high.

  • SA 1: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-canceling (great for neck and middle application).
  • SA 1R: Vintage level, single coil sound, hum-canceling, reverse wound.
  • SA 2: Hot single coil-sound, hum-canceling (great for hotter neck and middle application).
  • SA 2R: Hot single coil-sound, hum-canceling, reverse wound.
  • SA 2+: Hotter single coil-sound, hum-canceling (bridge application to balance w SA1s).
  • SA 2+R:  Hotter single coil-sound, hum-canceling, reverse wound.

Humbucker

H Series

The time honored Anderson humbucker series. A complete line of broadband (full frequency response) humbuckers, characterized by ample amounts of lows and highs while still having plenty of midrange power, never squashed or narrow but always big, full and robust. Due to their construction, these pickups also split amazingly well.

  • H 1-: The perfect neck pickup to balance with the H2+ or H2 at the bridge, full, throaty neck humbucker tones that are never bloated, open, clear and rich, splits really well.
  • H 1: Same as the H1- above but with a little more output and fullness for additional oomph. Perfect balance for an H3 bridge pickup or those that want more neck fullness.
  • H 1+: Same layout as the H1- and H1 but with even a little more mids and lows for bigger neck tones. Occasionally this pickup can even find its way into the bridge position.
  • H 2: Medium hot and nicely balanced for mid power supported by clarity and thump.
  • H 2+: Perhaps our most popular bridge humbucker. Not too hot, not too cold but just right with a big low end. Full mids without giving up all the highs and lows.
  • H 3: Thicker, fuller and hotter than the H2+, this is where musical legato begins. Makes the picking hand feel completely fluid while still presenting more than just midrange-only tone.
  • H 3+: A step up from the H3 with a touch more gain and low end power.
HC Series

Within the sanctuary of a sleek and smooth cover beats the heart of a vintage lion. Mild to medium to hot output, HCs sing with a wonderful vintage flavored voice, depicted by focused midrange energy and enlightened by extremely musical upper-mids and seasoned with sweet, soft and soothing highs.

  • HC 1-: A succulent and sweet and clear neck humbucker—throaty and full neck humbucker tones we all love without being overly bloated. A nice match with the vintage-level HC1+ in the bridge position.
  • HC 1: More neck humbucker saturation, output and smoothness than HC1- while still retaining equilibrium for the neck position perfection. The quintessential mate for the medium-hot HC2 in the bridge position.
  • HC 1+: Vintage level output and signature, with a voice of mid-centered perfection, surrounded by soft, articulate upper-mids and highs.
  • HC 2: Who wouldn’t love a medium-hot output package with all the vintage flavor firmly in place, wound to create a full bouquet of tonalities. Muscular mids with a smattering of lush and soft highlights so it is impressively musical, with never a hint of that “oops, I accidentally sat on a duck,” tone. Beautiful from all tonal angles.
  • HC 3: The HC Series solution to hot output, with vintage character still nicely intact. Just pushes the front of the amp a touch more or when a bit more musical muscle is needed.
  • HC 3+:  Surprisingly musical and sweet but will roar when required. You will be very pleased, getting classic rock to shred tones.
HF Series

Mild to medium to hot output, HFs sing with a wonderful vintage-flavored voice, depicted by focused midrange energy and enlightened by extremely musical upper-mids and seasoned with sweet, soft and soothing highs.

  • HF 1-: A humbucker that can still deliver flash when a moment of single coil covering is necessary—while still retaining the ability to create throaty and full neck humbucker tones—just no bloat. A very nice match with the vintage-level HF1+ in the bridge position.
  • HF 1: To match and swap stories with the HF2 in the bridge position, this is the pickup. Not too hot and not too cold but just the perfect balance for throaty neck humbucker tones that can speak expressively.
  • HF 1+: Vintage-level output and signature, with a voice of mid-centered, sweet perfection, surrounded by soft, articulate upper-mids and highs.
  • HF 2: Rivaling the H2+ as out most popular foil for bridge position humbucker assignments, this sweet pickup offers medium-hot output with firmly established vintage roots—muscular mids with an easy overlay of lush and soft highlights—super musical for your listening and playing pleasure.
  • HF 3: Extra saturation with creamy and more forceful output while still staying true to the vintage roots that the HF2 lays out.
  • HF 3+:  Even a touch more sock than HF3 and yet still able to go from classic to extreme—never loosing the musical majesty. You can cover almost any style with this pickup locked and loaded.
HN Series

For bridge application, another time-honored Anderson humbucker series—medium-hot to hot output, focused-field (mid-concentrated frequency response) bridge pickups for an experience of more mid-muscle without sounding “pinched”—still full bodied and surprisingly musical, even at higher power levels.

  • HN 2+: Medium-hot output (somewhere around our H2+) but with a bit more mid tones for easier saturation of sound.
  • HN 3: Musically hot output levels—HN3 utilizes H3 power levels and trades highs and lows for a bit more mid muscle.
  • HN 3+: Take the next step up from the HN3 with a bit more gain and smooth saturation—while still remaining very harmonically rich.

T Size

TV Series

T-size, true vintage, single coils—and beyond—full bodied with just the right amount of nice round and articulate highs.

  • TV 1: T-style neck position covered (chrome or gold) vintage single coil, full bodied and never dulled or muted by the cover.
  • TV 2: T-style bridge position, vintage output—wound for richness with plenty of sweet, beautiful highs, never harsh (reverse wound for hum-canceling combinations w TV1 and VAs).
  • TV 3: T-style, most popular bridge position, hotter for commanding but true single coil tones (reverse wound for hum-canceling combinations w TV1 and VAs).
TF Series

Are these the best T-size single coil, hum-canceling, pickups ever heard? In a word: Yes, yes they are. You will give up nothing to get rich, full bodied tonalities accentuated by sweet, soft and lush highs that are always perfectly smooth and clear.

  • TF 1: Neck position, vintage level, rich and softly clear hum-canceling single coil sound.
  • TF 2: Bridge position, vintage level, hum-canceling single coil sound.
  • TF 3: Most popular hum-canceling bridge position, hotter, richer single coil tones—very sweet.
TD Series

T-size, single coil, hum-canceling, dynamic and full bodied with clear, upfront highs— favorite of those who want their highs to step into the forefront while still supported by ample amounts of low-mids.

  • TD 1-: Neck position, vintage level, single coil sound hum-canceling.
  • TD 3: Bridge position, hot single coilsound, hum-canceling, reverse wound for splitting option.
  • TD 3+: Most popular, hotter single coilsound, hum-canceling, reverse wound for splitting option.
TM Series

M-series pickup mounted on a T-style bridge baseplate for huge, single coil-like, M-Series pickup attributes in TBridge application. (Note: pickup not mountable in ashtray-style bridge.) Angled alignment deliverers equal highs as traditional single but with bigger and more muscular mids (hum canceling, of course).

  • TM 2: Bridge position, balances with M1 in neck position for bigger T-tones everywhere.
  • TM 3: Hotter bridge position, for a little more saturation when T-style dominance is required.

More Creations

HO Series

Anderson’s original vintage-flavored humbucker series—a mix of traditional Anderson and traditional vintage in one pickup—a focused field (midconcentrated frequency response) with vintage and hot vintage level output.

  • HO 1-: This is the neck pickup for this series, humbucker tones with Anderson clarity and concentrated mids. Coordinates nicely with HO1+, HO2 and H2 in the bridge position.
  • HO 1+: Vintage level output for bridge position application—clarity and focus in one package. Also good as neck humbucker with HO2, when thick and throaty is required.
  • HO 2: Medium-hot output offers itself with clarity and mid-focus in this vintage pickups on steroids.
M Series

Reminiscent of a minihumbucker look, closer inspection reveals Ms are like nothing else—sound is unequaled, huge single coil tone (think SRV without tuning down or changing to bigger strings). Ms trade thin, effervescent shimmer for single coil might. If you have been on the search for a fatter single coil tone, without having to resort the tighter focus of a humbucker, this is your magnificent answer (hum canceling, of course).

  • M 1-: Huge and fat, hum-free single coil tone for neck and middle positions.
  • M 2: For balanced bridge application with M1 in neck and middle.
  • M 3: Hotter bridge position, for a little more saturation when you almost want a humbucker—but not quite.
PQ Series

The clean look of a traditional Soapbar-style pickup and the clean sound of no 60-cycle hum. The “Q” stands for quiet!

What do Soapbar-style pickups sound like? The longstanding benefit of a Soapbar-style pickup is that they produce a sound that lives between the weaker F-type, single coil and the fat focus of a humbucker, giving you a sound nothing else can quite achieve. So, think of the wide bandwidth that a single coil pickup delivers—low, lows and stringy, musical highs. Now tame those highs ever so slightly so there is no “shattering glass” timbre, just clear string clarity. Add big, booming lows and give it enough midrange girth to not be wimpy in any situation—but not so much that it is mid-only like a traditional humbucker. Not weak but not overly hot—big enough to be dirty when pushed through your favorite amp and pristine when backed off—without 60-cycle hum! How cool is that? You have the much-loved Soapbar tone at your fingertips.

What’s the big deal? This coveted iconic musical “P” tone has not ever been achievable in a hum-canceling version—UNTIL NOW! Thanks to the Anderson PQ R&D department—real players jamming away until all hours of the night to bring P-performance under your control.

Technically Speaking? How about precision polepiece alignment—means string and polepiece engage in maximum communication. Also, the height adjustment screws have been moved slightly outward for easier and intricate angling and height adjustment.

  • PQ 1-:  For slightly more open, clarity in the neck position, the PQ1- is it.
  • PQ 1: Vintage level Soapbar for neck application, wonderful, rich and full, but not too bloated—and with no hum.
  • PQ 2: Vintage output bridge, full, rich, and gorgeously, hum-free.
  • PQ 3: With tradition still intact, the PQ3 gives more oomph per pick attack, for an elevated level of performance. Rippin’ made easy— and quiet.
PH Series

The tone of a traditional Soapbar-style pickup made to fit humbucker guitars. And quiet too: no 60-cycle hum.

What do Soapbar-style pickups sound like? The longstanding benefit of a Soapbar-style pickup is that they produce a sound that lives between the weaker F-type, single coil and the fat focus of a humbucker, giving you a sound nothing else can quite achieve. So, think of the wide bandwidth that a single coil pickup delivers—low, lows and stringy, musical highs. Now tame those highs ever so slightly so there is no “shattering glass” timbre, just clear string clarity. Add big, booming lows and give it enough midrange girth to not be wimpy in any situation—but not so much that it is mid-only like a traditional humbucker. Not weak but not overly hot—big enough to be dirty when pushed through your favorite amp and pristine when backed off—without 60-cycle hum! How cool is that? You have the much-loved Soapbar tone at your fingertips.

What’s the big deal? This coveted iconic musical “P” tone has not ever been achievable in a hum-canceling version—UNTIL NOW! Thanks to the Anderson PQ R&D department—real players jamming away until all hours of the night to bring P-performance under your control.

Technically Speaking? How about precision polepiece alignment—means string and polepiece engage in maximum communication.

  • PH 1-: For slightly more open, clarity in the neck position, the PH1- is it.
  • PH 1: Vintage level for neck application, wonderful, rich and full, but not too bloated—and with no hum.
  • PH 2: Vintage output bridge, full, rich, and gorgeously, hum-free.
  • PH 3: With tradition still intact, the PH3 gives more oomph per pick attack, for an elevated level of performance. It’s rippin’ made easy— and quiet.
Necks

Neck Profiles

Scale Length S Family T Family Cobra Angel Raven Bobcat Crowdster
Traditional: 25 1/2-inch
Short: 24 3/4-inch

Even Taper
A sleek and fast silhouette with not a lot of depth change from the nut to the 12th fret. As your hand slides to the upper frets, playing feel and depth remain relatively the same. The regular Even Taper is a slim and fast neck to play. If you prefer the feel of a bigger (deeper) neck back shape, the Even Taper silhouette can be increased in depth by +.030, +.050, +.070 or +.100 inch. And if you want slimmer, check out the -.020 inch Even Taper.

  • Even-Taper: .810 at the first fret to .870 at the 12th
  • +.030 Even-Taper: .840 at the first fret to .900 at the 12th
  • +.050 Even-Taper: .860 at the first fret to .920 at the 12th
  • +.070 Even-Taper: .880 at the first fret to .940 at the 12th
  • +.100 Even-Taper: .910 at the first fret to .970 at the 12th
  • -.020 Even-Taper: .790 at the first fret to .850 at the 12th

Happy Medium
Medium depth back shape for the: “not too big and not too small but just right” neck feel. As your hand slides to the upper frets, playing depth increase a desirable “medium” amount. The regular Happy Medium is a slim/medium feeling neck. If you prefer the feel of a bigger (deeper) neck back shape, the Happy Medium silhouette can be increased in depth by +.030 or +.050-inch.

  • Happy Medium: .825 at the 1st fret to .915 at the 12th
  • +.030 Happy Medium: .855-inch at the first fret to .945 at the 12th fret
  • +.050 Happy Medium: .875-inch at the first fret to .965 at the 12th fret

60’s Vibe
The defining character of the 60’s Vibe neck is an increase in depth as your hand moves from 1st to 12 fret. With an early 60’s style taper, it is considered a medium-depth neck at the first few frets and becomes a substantial neck when you grab a handful in the upper regions of the fretboard.

  • 60’s Vibe: .835-inch at the first fret to .960 at the 12th fret
  • +.020 60’s Vibe: .855-inch at the first fret to .980 at the 12th fret*
  • -.020 60’s Vibe: (affectionately known as 62 Pete) :.815-inch at the first fret to .940 at the 12th fret

50’s V
Characterized by its 50’s-style “V” back shape. If you like “V necks” you will love these. As your hand slides to the upper frets, playing feel and depth remain relatively the same–but V’ed.

  • Small 50’s V: .860-inch at the first fret to .920-inch at the 12th
  • Large 50’s V: .910-inch at the first fret to .970-inch at the 12th

Acoustic Bronze
The Crowdster neck, a sleek, slim/medium-depth neck for a wonderful Acoustic Guitar feel that plays like warm butter–even on the higher frets.

  • Acoustic Bronze: .820 at the 1st fret to .890 at the 12th

Choosing A Neck

Fingerboard Radius

Fingerboard radius is the actual arch (or curve) of the fret-board surface. This slight curve creates a comfortable playing area while also providing a “space” for string bending. Fingerboard radius is an essential property that facilitates effortless play-ability, when balanced just right. All Anderson fingerboards have a radius of 12 to 14 inch, a very slight conical radius–an imperceptible change from nut to the high resister. Anderson has found this radius to be the “magic number,” the best of all worlds, allowing for a comfortable fret-board arch while offering legendary Anderson silky smooth playability and unlimited string bending with low action height, really nice.

Stainless Steel Frets

Why Stainless Steel Frets?

The playing difference of Stainless Steel frets is astronomically good.  It is always slick, fast and easy every time you take it out of the case.

The result of the stainless steel fret that Anderson uses is silky smooth string bends and liquid smooth vibrato. To play them is to feel like your technique and touch have improved.

Sonically they are so similar to nickel-silver frets that they seem no discernible difference in tone.  But when listening super-carefully in a controlled environment where a change in fret material is the only variable present, some players have noted that Stainless Steel frets can sound a bit more stout and full than the nickel-silver frets they replaced—as if a bit more string sound is transmitted deeper into the wood.

Your experience will certainly be elevated with every ounce of wonderful tone at your fingertips.

Tone Woods

Alder

Dating back to the late 1950’s, this is the wood found in more 3 single coil, double cut-away, 25 1/2″ scale length guitars than any other. Due to its wide spread popularity it produces a very familiar tone, a “vintage tone.” Its sound is primarily a thicker, midrange tone. It is very full in the low midrange yet produces enough upper midrange to be clear and articulate.

Alder Top on Hollow Alder Back

This combination certainly produces a big sound. Again, it has very similar tonal characteristics to the solid alder body which is a strong, full low midrange with enough upper mids to be clear and articulate but with added harmonic content. For the Hollow T Classic style guitars, it produces a full, strong, thick yet articulate sound giving up just the smallest amount of mid focus. With the double cutaway body style the band width is more spread out than the solid version and it does not possess quite as much mid focus or articulation. There is also a bit of highs added, not usually characteristic with this wood. Alder is medium tan in color with little to no pronounced grain pattern. It seems to look best with opaque colors or a select few transparent colors, such as Transparent Forest Green, 6120 Orange, 3 Color Burst, Tobacco Burst, Transparent Red, Transparent Amber, Transparent Cherry and Transparent Blue.


Basswood

This wood gained popularity in the 80s and for a time was probably the most used wood for locking tremolo guitars. It is very light weight and produces a fairly even and full mid-range response throughout the entire band width.

Many people feel it is extremely well matched with humbucking pickups because it produces a lot of the same frequencies that humbuckers easily reproduce. This is not to say that single coil tones aren’t great as well.

Toward the end of the late 80s, a few other species of woods were mistakenly thought to be basswood and this seemed to lead to a decline in basswood’s popularity. However, true basswood does produce a very pleasing midrange tone and is the only type of basswood used here at Tom Anderson Guitarworks. Its natural color is light blonde to of white with little to no discernible grain. For this reason, an opaque paint color is usually chosen for a solid basswood body.


Koa Top on Basswood

Koa is a beautiful Hawaiian wood that is deep reddish brown or golden orangish brown in color with a flame grain pattern. There are two finish choices that show off the wood’s natural color, Tobacco Shaded Edge and Cherry Shaded Edge. Koa’s influence on the sound of the backing wood is similar to that of maple but its contribution to the overall sound is not as soft and delicate. It has a harder, more focused upper-mid crispness. This wood is especially amazing sounding on Hollow Drop Top guitars.

Koa Top on Mahogany

The Koa gives a beautiful, rich, clarity to the guitar’s sound. Because of this clarity Anderson recommends its use with hollow chambered guitars. It makes these guitars sound so clear and full that it almost has a solid body character to the sound but with the rich fullness of hollow chambers.


Mahogany

Mahogany is a wood that became popular primarily being used on 24 3/4″ scale length guitars since the 1950’s. Its tone is thick and concentrated with a forceful mid range. Medium brown in color with a red or orange hue, this mid to mid-heavy weight wood has a mild grain pattern that looks great with many transparent finishes.


Maple Top on Alder

This combination produces a bit less middle in its frequency response than does Maple Top with Basswood Back. It can sound similar to Ash but without the complexity in overtones.

Maple Top on Mahogany

The only body wood combination offered on the Cobra guitar models. The Cobra is a 24 3/4″ scale length guitar. With this format, the tone is a thick, powerful mid range sound with plenty of clarity, but with no stabbing high or low lows. All Drop Top models offer as an option, the Mahogany/Maple body wood combination in a 25 1/2″ scale length. The sound of that format is a hard, clear, concentrated mid range that is a bit more spread out over the tonal spectrum than the Cobra. This is a very popular instrument with harder edged players and those seeking a bit more of a modern tone. Due to Mahogany’s natural reddish brown color, this mid to mid-heavy weight wood combination looks fantastic with darker and earth tone transparent colors.

Maple Top on Basswood

This is by far the most popular body wood combination for all the Drop Top models. Basswood/Maple produces a very rich, full sound with great low, middle and high end. Its timbre is a bit more of a fundamental tone with fewer overtones than the more traditional body woods. It is extremely popular for many styles of music because of the wide tonal spectrum that it produces. This combination is rather light in weight and looks beautiful with almost all transparent colors.

Maple Top on Hollow Basswood

The sonic character of this combination is similar to that of its solid body counterpart in that it creates a very full rich sound with great low, middle and high end. The hollow body does produce richer and more abundant overtones which give this combination a whole new character – perhaps moving closer to the traditional wood tones without losing its own personality. It is very light weight and looks great with almost all transparent colors.


Swamp Ash

The other, so called vintage wood, also began its usage in single coil, 25 1/2″ scale length guitars during the early 50’s. It has a rather scooped out midrange tone with a robust low, low end and beautifully musical sparkling highs. The type of ash we use is Swamp Ash. It is lighter in weight and more porous, producing a timbre that is usually richer and less harsh than regular heavy ash. Its color is light blonde, highlighted by a darker brown elongated grain pattern. This wood looks extremely good with many transparent colors.

Swamp Ash Top on Hollow Alder Back

Would you be surprised if this combination sort of produces the sonic characteristics of both Ash and Alder? What it really has is the tighter bottom and fuller low mids of alder without losing some of those beautiful sparkling highs inherent in ash. Of course the weight is very light but the color selection is a bit more limited, than the ash/ash combination, only because the backing wood can look darker than the top wood with lighter transparent shades.

Swamp Ash Top on Hollow Ash Back

This Swamp Ash combination has very similar sound characteristics to that of the solid Swamp Ash body. The differences include greater harmonic content with softer but still pronounced sparkling highs, rich low lows and a slightly softer pick (midrange) attack. This configuration is very light weight, light blonde in color and highlighted by a darker brown elongated grain pattern. Most transparent colors look great on this wood.

Electronics

What is the difference between Series, Parallel & Split?

The sonic differences between series, parallel and split sounds also vary between vertically stacked pickups (single coil size) and side by side pickups (traditional humbucker).

On a stacked pickup, series and parallel are both hum-free sounds with series being the louder and fuller of the two. The series sound replicates the sound of a single coil but without the hum. The split sound is a true single coil with all the wonderful tones we expect and the hum that goes with them. This sound is also the loudest of the three sounds. This is because the two coils of the pickup are not hearing the string equally due to their stacked configuration. Parallel is a cleaner, lower-output, hum-canceling single coil tone.

With a side by side humbucking pickup both coils are hearing the string equally. The series sound is the traditional strong, mid-focused humbucker tone. It is louder than both the split and parallel sounds. The split is a true single coil and the parallel produces a weaker humbucker tone.


Add-Bridge Push/Pull Switch

Let’s call position 1 the neck position. Positions 1-4 of the 5-Way switch operate traditionally and the master-split toggle switch can be used on any of these settings to get either series or split out of each pickup.

Position 5 is full-power bridge humbucker all the time. This feature allows for soloing with one flick to position 5, no matter which other tone setting are in use. We affectionately call this feature the “Blower Switch.” On the B5 set-up the “Blower Switch” is the 5th position of the 5-Way.

The push/pull of the tone control allows for the addition of the bridge pickup to positions 1 & 2 only. This gives the added pickup combinations of neck + bridge to position 1 and neck + middle + bridge pickups for position 2. The add-bridge switch only functions on positions 1 & 2 so there are no redundant switching positions.

To sum up:
Position 1: Neck Pickup (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 1 alt: (with push/pull in up position) Neck + Bridge Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 2: Neck + Middle Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 2 alt: (with push/pull switch in up position) Neck + Middle + Bridge Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 3: Middle Pickup (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 4: Middle + Bridge Pickups (series or split with toggle selection)
Position 5: Bridge Pickup (series always)


Switcheroo

How it works:

With the blower switch in the off position, each pickup switch flipped downward turns on the pickup wired in series.
When each pickup switch is flipped upward, you get either split or parallel depending on which function you have assigned to the upward position of each pickup switch.

To assign function:

On the front of the guitar turn the blower switch off (up) and the pickup switches up. Turn your guitar over and remove the control cover on the lower back. This will reveal three micro switches. Flip switches up to assign split; down for parallel.

What is Series/Parallel or Series/Split? How do they sound?

Series/Parallel or or Series/Split refer to the internal wiring of a pickup. Each humbucking pickup is actually made of two coils of wire. When you shut one off you have split, or a single coil. Series links the two coils together creating one long single path. Parallel connects the two coils as two separate single paths. Series and parallel are both hum canceling.

“Side by Side” humbuckings in series sound powerful, full and rich–the traditional sound of these pickups. Parallel sounds thinner and brighter, and split replicates a single coil sound.

“Over Under” humbuckings produce a rich single coil type sound when wired in series. Parallel is thin, bright and clear. Split is an even richer, full bodied single coil sound.

The 4-switch system on our guitars is quick, simple and extremely versatile:

Pickup Switches: Each pickup switch has an off and on switch. Off is the middle pickup position. Flipping the switch down turns on the pickup wired in series. Flipping the switch up turns on the pickup wired in either parallel or split. (The parallel or split function is assignable–see above).

Blower Switch: The blower switch flipped up to the off position, allows the pickup switches to function as described above. Flipped down to the on position, the three pickup switches are bypassed and the bridge pickup is turned on full power (series).

Example: For a great rhythm sound you decide to have the neck and middle pickups on split. When it’s time for a powerful sounding solo, you simply hit the blower switch and play the solo with the bridge humbucker full power (series). When the solo is over, merely flip the blower switch off and you return to your multi-pickup rhythm sound.


VA Boost

VA Booster is a no-battery powered color change for the pickups to which it is applied, approximately 4db on single coil-style pickups and split humbuckers.  The boost’s effect is less apparent on full-power humbucker pickups but lends a nice saturation and smoothness.

It is as if, with the flick of an unobtrusive mini-toggle switch (see photo), we rewind your pickups for a little more saturation and oomph while still retaining the same overall character, very nice.

Clicking the booster transitions the pickups to the next level, as though we put the “next hotter” set of pickups into your guitar.

Note: VA Boost is subtle sweetness and saturation. It is not like a foot pedal embedded in your guitar. We find foot pedal level boost better applied and adjusted on the floor in front of your amp. The combination of VA Boost and your favorite pedal can be a magic one.

Hardware

Fixed Bridge

 

Sunken Locking Tremolo with Locking Nut

Tremolo Bridge

 

Locking Tuner

Recessed Floating Tremolo – Locking Saddles

 

Split-shaft Tuner
Finish

List of Finishes

Paint jobs are done using a revolutionary ultraviolet light curing process that was pioneered at Anderson Guitarworks. This allows the instrument’s full tonal potential to be unimpeded while still showing off with show stopping beauty.

  • Paint is meticulously applied: a proprietary ultraviolet light process that always yields an ultra thin and breathable finish so the instrument’s resonance is never impaired but always imparted.
  • All finishes are as breathable and resonant as the best of the legendary nitro cellous lacquer finishes, without the intrinsic drying problems of lacquer.
  • Proof of this can be heard in the vibrance of the instrument. One strum unplugged tells the whole story: loud, rich, full and ringing. Nothing rings out like an Anderson Guitar, plugged or unplugged.

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