August 26, 2019


We Accidentally Mess Them Up…On Purpose

It is all part of a master plan of excellence. Every aspect of an Anderson Guitar always has to be exquisite—even the messing up part. 

This distinct, and now desired look would have originated 60 + years ago. All those years ago it would have happened something like this:

1. Guitar Body is painted a (transparent) Sunburst. 

2. A “boo boo” is made and the guitar does not look good enough to sell. 

3. Rather than repaint the body, they just painted over the Sunburst with a solid color.

4. Know one even knows, until…

5. The top paint is worn through—either by playing it a lot or by dinging it. 

Then, the underlying Sunburst begins to reappear and a whole new and unique look is born that has now caught the attention and fancy of many guitar players.  

Today at Anderson Guitarworks, we wanted to be able to offer this cool and fun look to you in a profound way. We call our process: In-Distress Level 3–Double Decker.

Editor’s Note: In-Distress finishes can be had in one of three (plus) levels.  Like this:

In-Distress Level 1: Aged and Checking Paint

In-Distress Level 2: Aged and Checking Paint and some Rub-Through

In-Distress Level 3: More Extreme Aging and Checking Paint and Rub-Through

And of course, we always precisely control every aspect of the build process, keeping excellence and performance at the forefront and soundly intact—with no compromises whatsoever. Just the cool look with ridiculously awesome Anderson performance excellence, ready to come out and play.