I’ve been dreaming of getting a Tom Anderson guitar ever since I first starting using Tom’s pickups in the late 80s, and that dream has finally come true.  I found it in the For Sale section on the Fractal Audio Forum and had to make an offer.  It had specs so close to what I was looking at in a custom guitar that I just had to have it.  I couldn’t be happier with the quality of workmanship in this guitar.  It plays like buttah and sounds even better than I ever imagined.  It just has a clarity and liveliness that I’ve never quite experienced in any of my other axes.

The general specs are:

  • Maple top on basswood body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard 1 11/16 at the nut, Tom Anderson Even Taper profile
  • Compound fingerboard radius 12-14″
  • Buzz Feiten Tuning System
  • Pickups
    • HN3+ Bridge
    • SF1 Middle
    • H1+ Neck
  • Coil Split toggle and Push-pull to activate bridge pickup on in any combo
  • Sunken Floyd Rose bridge
  • Jumbo frets

I played it for hours last night and can’t believe how good it sounds, especially considering it still has the original Elixir strings that it shipped with 2 years ago.  The original owner had several Anderson guitars and just hardly played it.  Still, I’ll probably swap the strings out in a week or two and see how it plays and sounds with fresh steel.

And speaking of sounds, I did a little recording last night. So far it’s just the basic layout of a new song I’m working on, but I’m happy with the results.  No vocals yet on this, but here is the debut of Mr. Anderson:

Sure, it is a fairly heavy rockin’ tune, but with the coil tap and switching system, this guitar is pretty versatile, and I’ll be using it to cover quite a bit of ground, from clean to bluesy stuff all the way to the most headbanging stuff I can play.

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