April 11, 2016

 
 
 
A long time ago, in a guitar galaxy far, far away…
 
We have written Guitar of the Week—every week—for the last 17+ years—sharing, guitars, stories and inspiration with you—really fun. 
But as technology shifted, it became harder and harder to post to the old site regularly—as if the Emperor’s forces required us to navigate around the death star.  So we continued to post—but more infrequently—not every week.
But now…there is a new Anderson website.  
And a new place—just like the old—only better.  We call this new section of the new Anderson site: Guitar Tales—and we will frequently share guitar stories (tales) that have more…more of everything…things that you will not normally find anywhere else—just like the old Guitar of the Week—only better—and new. 
Welcome…yes, you are Welcome to Guitar Tales—and the new Anderson Guitarworks website. 
We wanted to create a space where we could all come together again…to see and talk of things, like guitars—and music and the spirit that drives us to express ourselves through music.  Hey, that is why we do it in the first place—to reach to a deeper place inside ourselves and then outward to touch others.  It happens on an artistic level.  It happens because you must.
Guitars?  Yes.
By now you may know of Angel—the Anderson Angel—a gorgeous guitar defined by its “show-stopping” maple, koa or walnut top and its exclusive…24 fret format.  Yes, 24 frets that soar…to the heavens (I had to say it. You know that.)  
As Angel appeared, it was love at first sight, sound and touch.  
But soon the “pickguard people” began to proclaim, “What about us?  Pickguards! Can there be an Angel with a pickguard?  We need a pickguard-styled guitar that can go all the way…to touch high, high E.”
Should we argue?  No need for Guardian Angel is here.
All the Angel attributes substantially in place—fantastic and legendary Anderson playability, giant, robust sound from all frequencies of the guitar tonal spectrum and darn good looking. Yep, everything—elevated Anderson performance, 24 fret reach and classic pickguard styling.
This one is the first production Guardian Angel and is now at The Guitar Sanctuary in the Dallas Texas, area where it resides with a one-of-a-kind, matching Mesa/Boogie rig—a new Mark Five: 35 head with an Anderson-finished front panel to match the Guardian.  You really need to see this exclusive pair.
Paint hue is also new: Natural Orange to Dark Orange Burst.  The Guitar Sanctuary opted to have this color with our smooth, smooth satin top coat (instead of gloss).  Oh so nice to touch as its softer satin sheen highlights the visual “pop.”
Pickguard Players be pleased...Guardian Angel has arrived.
Fun Notable Notes: 
  • The amazing Artist playing this Guardian Angel is: Théo Hoarau—an Anderson Artist.  Give him a Googling and you will get to see more of his inspiring playing.  Very well worth it.
  • This particular Guardian Angel was special-ordered without front fret dots on the neck. Regularly you would see normal Anderson fret markers—with the addition of the double dots denoting arrival at the 24th fret.
 
GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:
  • MODEL: – Guardian Angel
  • SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch—24 fret
  • BODY WOOD: – Personalized Select Flame Maple Top with Mahogany Back
  • FINISH: – Satin Natural Orange to Dark Orange Burst with Binding
  • BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Natural
  • NECK WOOD: – Caramel Maple (special order – without Front Dots)
  • HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Satin
  • NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin
  • NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper
  • NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
  • FRETS: – Jumbo—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
  • BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
  • TUNING GEAR: – Locking
  • HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
  • NECK PICKUP: – SC1 w Coffee Dipped Cover
  • MIDDLE PICKUP: – SC1 w Coffee Dipped Cover
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: –H2+
  • PICKGUARD: – Pearl White
  • SWITCHING: – Custom: 5-Way, Add-Bridge with Splitter – No Auto Split in 4
  • SWITCH TIP: Black
  • STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
  • DESTINATION/LOCATION: – The Guitar Sanctuary, McKinney, Texas
  • 01-12-16A