I have often said that the best guitar in the world does not exist – We all have different opinions as to what constitutes the perfect feel, shape, tone etc etc, so much so, that even if we could blend all our chosen attributes into one wonderful guitar, I dare say it would not work out as planned – However if we had to define perfection, based on attention to detail, build quality, as well as the grade of ingredients that are utilised, then Tom Anderson would surely sit amongst the hierarchy of boutique guitar builders – As against having to re-invent the wheel, the Anderson approach is take the essence of a classic guitar, strip it down, re-build to a higher tolerance, then include a few customised options to enrich the playing performance – With all of that in mind, then let me introduce you to a used, 2005, Tom Anderson T Classic that is finished in tobacco burst
Condition wise this is a very clean guitar without acquiring the ‘as new’ or mint condition tag’ – First viewing will reveal little in the way of playing wear, so closer scrutiny is required to pick up on a few slight surface grazes or nicks – Nothing nasty, so more subtle signs of use – Frets are fine – The original case is fine – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10’s, along with a fluid easy action, so all ready to go
Spec and features are as follows :-
- weighs 7lbs and 11oz
- select alder body
- Tobacco burst finish
- Hard rock maple neck/fingerboard
- 1 11/16 nut width
- Jumbo frets
- Even taper/wide C neck profile – starts at .830″ at the top nut end and fattens out at .880″ around the 12th fret
- Satin ‘played in’ feel
- Anderson bridge assembly
- Non locking tuners with ‘Kluson’ style slotted string posts
- Buzz Feiten tuning
- Mint green scratchplate
- Anderson M1 and TM2 pick-ups
- Set-up with 10’s – Includes deluxe Anderson hard shell case
Playing performance – slick and effortless is probably the easy way to describe the feel of the Classic T – 10’s feel so slinky that maybe a few brave players will try a set of 11’s, for a stiffer feel – I can adjust the set-up as required – Fluid licks and fancy chords are so easy to play on this neck, whilst the Buzz Feiten tuning ensures excellent intonation, so even those complex jazz chords sound in tune around the 12th fret – The thin satin finish on the neck/fingerboard ensures it instantly feels played in from day one, so none of that sticky feel that can often be found on shiny gloss finished necks – Add a set of chunky/jumbo frets and those moody blues bends are so easy to handle – The top nut width is a touch wider than a conventional Tele, by 1/16″, so more akin to the nut width favoured by Gibson – The neck profile is known as an even taper, which is more akin to a Fender modern C profile with an extra ounce of meat on it, so not fat or thin – The key point is that it almost plays itself
Tone wise – Played unplugged the Classic T is very lively, yet sometimes a Tele can sound a touch thin on the ground – Not in this instance, thanks to a pair of custom wound Anderson M1 and TM2 pick-ups – They still provide you with that Tele influenced tone but with more depth and body – Furthermore they are hum free – The M1 still possesses clear sparkling highs, but the tone is huge, fat and smooth effectively giving you that single coil tone in a bigger package, without sounding like a humbucker – The TM2 in the bridge position delivers a similar principle in that it retains the balls, bite and twang of a classic Tele bridge pick-up, but now with more muscle – Effectively it is like using thicker strings to get the bigger tone, so just think of that classic 50’s tone with some extra oooomph in there – To buy a similar spec’d package today from Anderson would leave you with a price tag far closer to £3000 – Taking into account the condition of this Classic T, then £1675 buys you a highly spec’d boutique guitar, that delivers a professional grade playing performance
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