In this fun video edition of Guitar Tales we are going to let the Angel do most of the talking—in the hands of Jason Kui.
Audio, video and still photos all shot in the Anderson Guitarworks Studio.
Fun fact is that it was actually guitar player extraordinaire, Sean Ashe, who recorded and shot the video while we crawled along the floor throughout the performance, like stealthy special forces operatives, shooting the stills.
Jason simply plugged his Angel straight into the the face of a Mesa/Boogie JP 2-C and launched into his original composition, Morning Breeze.
For full specs of Jason’s Angel, check out Guitar Tales.
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.
Check out more from Tim, and his Anderson guitars, on his Youtube channel and his website.
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.
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.
Check back tomorrow for more from the show! Update: click here for Day Four
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
We're here at the NAMM Show, which we've been attending for 33 years, catching up with friends and showing off some guitars...
Here's the official debut of Bobcat (in Satin Atlantic Storm, and Satin Deep Tobacco Fade) and a Drop Top refined with Koa Top and finished in Honey Shaded Edge.
If you're at the show, stop by and say hi, booth 1782 in Hall E. Or watch this space for more in the coming days! Update: click here for Day Two
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.
A couple of our favorite vintage-inspired Anderson Pickupworks pickup models are currently featured in the October 2016 issue of one of our favorite magazines, Vintage Guitar.
"So You Say You Want a Revolution: The VG Guide to Single Coil Pickups" explores 42 of "the most modern examples" of the single coil pickup. Check out Vintage Guitar in print or online for the full feature.
And, if you're ready to experience the best pickups in the world, check out our Pickups Shop!