It is with great love and appreciation that we now find ourselves fondly remembering the life and profound contributions of our good friend Bill Collings of Collings Guitars. Bill, we love you. You have always brought a smile to our faces with your vibrant personality. You will be missed but we know that life has no opposite—for life is eternal—and somewhere in the quiet depth of our hearts we all know it must be so.
To Bill’s family and all those at Collings Guitars—we are with you and support you.
Who's that with the well-appointed Candy Apple Red Raven? None other than Tim Pierce, the legendary session guitarist with way more credits than we could list. He's also an incredible teacher, and here he takes us through his part from Michael Jackson's "Black or White", and talks about the backstory of the song's development.
Sunday, our last day here at the NAMM show. We're all a bit tired, but the days go by quick when you're surrounded by good friends and good guitars...
Speaking of good friends, here's Teddy - making a funny face of guitar delight. He owns Make'n Music in Chicago, IL. He ordered both the Cobra S (left) in the very popular Satin Atlantic Storm, as well as the Drop Top (right) in Cajun Red Reverse Surf.
Many consider Cobra S to be the most formidable Anderson to exist in "S" form. It's Mahogany superstructure and shorter 24 3/4 scale length give it impressive and unparalleled midrange prowess. This one (left) in Satin Atlantic Storm, easily focuses its powerband and demonstrates its versatility through our PH1 pickup at the neck and full voice HC2 humbucker in the bridge position.
The Drop Top (right) is loaded with SC1 neck and middle pickups, and a hot H3 in the bridge. SCs sing with a lush and vibrant, hum-free, vintage vibe that makes easy and sweet work of your single coil duties. H3, our original super screamin' humbucker, sings as a super-powered humbucker but still possesses tremendous amounts of gorgeous soul.
And because we know you wanted a closer look - Cajun Red Reverse Surf. Nice choice Teddy!
That's it for now, but keep checking back in What's New and Guitar Tales. We'll have more from the show to show you later!
It's back to sunny skies outside for our Saturday here at the NAMM show, let's see what we have to show you today...
Here's something on the classic side of things: a Hollow T Classic, in Tobacco Burst. With an Ash body and Ash top, a short-scale Caramel Maple neck along with HF1- and TF3 pickups, it can cover a wide range, and has had quite a few people rethinking what a T guitar can do.
One of those was Will McFarlane (left), who came back for another round of Anderson Guitarworks exploration - we're always glad to see him, and especially to hear his incredible playing. While he was in the booth, he ran into Michael Lent (right), another session and touring guitarist extraordinaire who's plays for Barry Manilow and so many others. Michael was enjoying this gorgeous Drop Top with a Koa top, Rosewood neck, HSH pickup combo and a Floyd Rose locking trem.
Lastly for today, here's a fiery Drop Top Classic in Natural Red Burst. With a maple neck, SC1 and HC3 pickups, it's ready for anything.
It's pouring rain today in typically sunny Anaheim, CA, so come inside the Anderson Guitarworks booth with us, let's see what's going on...
So far this year, Superbird has been one of the ones that everyone wants to plug in and put through its paces - and who wouldn't want to - with it's lightweight but tone-heavy Mahogany body and neck construction, playable short-scale length, versatile PH1 and HC2 humbuckers, and classic T.V. White finish, it both plays and looks the part.
Here's a few of the lucky ones that managed to edge their way in for a Superbird test-flight (left to right): Leah Wellbaum of Slothrust, Will McFarlane of Muscle Shoals fame and so much more, and Zach Person whom you may have seen on American Idol. All agreed that Superbird is the what an offset guitar should, and can, be - and we all agreed these guys can play, do check them out!
And for those that are looking for the newest of the new, check out this stunning Drop Top. With several new tone-wood options: a Caramelized Flame Maple top, both inherently dramatic and refined, paired perfectly with a matching Caramel Maple neck, and a Ziricote fingerboard - a great new option for those looking to step outside the usual realms of Rosewood, but not too far.
We look forward to bringing you more from the show, check back tomorrow! Update: click here for Day Three
Need something heavy for your Halloween playlist? Well, here's Anderson Artist Jason Frankhouser with some screaming lead riffage and downright crushing rhythm tones. Courtesy of his Anderson Guitarworks Seven, and a Fortin Evil Pumpkin amplifier. Scary good!
Time for a throwback of excellence: Dawayne Bailey of Bob Seger and Chicago fame, live at the Budokan Arena in 1993. Playing an early Classic model, he brings his own interpretation of the guitar solo to the famed Budokan in this uniquely stunning performance. A real musician and all-around virtuoso, we're honored to call Dawayne an Anderson Artist, and a friend. See the Dawayne Bailey Fan Page for more.