But first…the origin story of Bobcat must include an Anderson Artist: His name is Michael Hines, an unequivocal Anderson Artist for many years now. He is the band leader and main guitar player for Corey Smith and had been relying on an Anderson T-Classic as his main axe. Life, gigging and recording was good, very good...
Until one day at a pool-party jam session, when Michael found himself accidentally submerged and at the bottom of the pool with his amp and T-Classic still in hand.
Thankfully it was the quick thinking of all the caring, and really thirsty, party guests, sucking simultaneously through their party straws, that almost instantly drained the ginger ale-filled pool to reveal a happy Michael—still jammin' away. The gig continued virtually uninterrupted from the bottom of the pool. Everyone had a good time.
But the aftereffects were another matter entirely. Following this profound pool-party performance Michael was a changed man. It was the ginger ale NDE, that led him to a clearer realization that there is even more to life—and he knew he wanted to live it to the fullest from this day forward.
How to best do that now became the question and quest of his life. As with all profound questions, the answer will always come when asked with true sincerity:
Yes, along with great compassion, a new Anderson Guitar—but something different that will bring another dimension of sound to Michael's playing—and yet still offer super versatility and wonderful Anderson playability (of course, that is a given for each and every one of our instruments).
So, with Michael's new and bold lease on life, he called us and made his wishes known: a unique single-cut style guitar, please—like an Atom...or maybe even a Crowdster silhouette but in pure electric guitar form and function.
We raised our eyebrows, engaged level 6 encryption on the phone line and spoke:
"Michael...we are working on a new, Top Secret guitar model at this very moment, code named: Robert. It will be called Bobcat."
Bobcat was consciously and carefully created for guitar players who want a uniquely-styled, single-cut guitar that will romp with wild abandon—no holds barred. Sleek and fast playability, Bobcat basks in unbounded string bending, flowing with grace and ease, ridiculously vibrant, full-bodied resonance and astoundingly in-tune performances (which makes a guitar sound even bigger and more robust). With Anderson-select Mahogany, Bobcat is never heavy to hold and ah…so nice, nice nice to play…and so very “Anderson”—in every way!
Imagine if Bob were assigned to take charge of all your “single-cut” guitar duties…and then…you step out on stage with Bobcat strapped on, ready to come out and play…prepare to reap the rewards…
But what does Mike have to say about Bob (cat) now that they are out performing professionally together?
Mike: Right out of the gate, from the second I opened the case, Bobcat’s playability and intonation were unbelievably good—unbelievable, yes, except…I expected it to be that way because my T-Classic is the same. The ease of Bobcat’s play is amazing, amazing. I cannot say enough about this.
Mike: The humbuckers are powerful and sound really awesome but even the “split sounds” are quiet and have great tone. Powerful, beautiful and chime when needed—so versatile.
Editors Switching Note: 8 sounds out of a simple 3-Way—familiar and easy.
Mike: The recessed hardware and pickup rings add a really cool look as well, plus making it so natural for your right hand to feel comfortable. Beautiful to look at and to play.
Mike: Since I got this Bobcat I have taken it home with me every night and on the bus every time we go out. Everyone in the band is making bets as to when I will actually put it in the guitar vault instead of bringing it on the bus. Ha.
Mike: Also, very well balanced on the lap. Didn’t even have to strap it on to play sitting down—which we do a lot in the studio.
Mike: I have played ‘em all and nothing is close to Bobcat.
MODEL: – Bobcat
SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
BODY WOOD: – Carved Flame Maple Top on Mahogany Back
FINISH: Transparent Black with Binding
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – Matching
NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching Gloss
NECK BACK FINISH: – Matching Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – Happy Medium
NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
FRETS: – Low Rise—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
BRIDGE: – Tune-o-matic with Stop Tailpiece
TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
NECK PICKUP: – HC1 with Nickel Cover
BRIDGE PICKUP: – HC2 with Nickel Cover
SWITCHING: – 3-Way Big Toggle, with Push/Pushes—for 8 sounds
KNOB COLOR: – Black
PU RINGS / SWITCH TIP: Cream
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating