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Anderson Classic Candy Apple Red #02-18-15N - Used  From Anderson

Timeless body shape from Tom Anderson in candy apple red!

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What We Think

Weight: 7.4 Lbs

Condition: Used, Excellent

Light pickguard scratching

One of the most playable guitars I have ever felt in my life! This amazing instrument speaks with authority and precision, and you barely have to breathe on it to get it to start singing. The pickup and selector system in combination with the sheer perfection of the build makes this a versatile, beautiful and powerful guitar for your pleasure. 

Manufacturer's Description from Anderson

The Classic

took us to an undisclosed, mysterious location high in the Andes (short for Anderson, I think) mountains where the monks are said to gig—and gig with passion.  They will know the answer.

We asked the question again:

 

  Is The Classic the most profound, best playing

  and  best sounding vintage double-cut-away

  electric guitar on Earth?

Silence followed...only the sound of a songbird could be heard in the background...and then the answer came forth with a resounding:

Yes!

.And silence again.

Clearly undisputed, "Yes!" was their answer.

We asked for more detail, please, and got the whole story:

When something remains as an unrealized dream for long enough it becomes a fantasy.  A fantasy is the belief that there is no such thing in the real world. This is a mindset that surrounds the legend of the "vintage guitar." That it is unobtainable.  That you cannot have a vintage instrument that will play like lightning, sing like angels and be reasonably priced.

But when we look deeply, we see that this is a mistaken perception and once perception is corrected, bliss returns.  Bliss is restored to the musical world in the form of: The Classic

The Classic is the vintage guitar of your wildest dreams—and beyond—the one you always knew should exist but you were unable to touch in physical form...until now.

For a pure vintage vibe, an Alder or Swamp Ash body is hand-selected and kiln dried to perfection.

  • Alder: Is the first and most popular choice among players, as an alder body bestows it gifts of full and boosted low-mid frequencies accompanied by predominate upper mid prominence.  It is these qualities that bring big single coil tones effortlessly forward in the mix, when paired with the right amp for you.  Humbuckers enjoy a lower end bump and slightly less all-middle-only tone.
  • Swamp Ash: The open and ethereal, delicate, airy and complex "S" tone.  Soft, soothing open middle lays the groundwork to showcase rich low, lows; highlighted with sparkling and softly sweet, musical highs.

For those players who love this style of guitar but want to step out in a more modern vain, we assist you in concentrating your tonal foundation with body wood of:

  • Basswood: Soft and bountiful midrange makes itself abundant as this is the wood (when done just right, and of course that's how we do it) that defined the core humbucker sound of the 80s in a 25 1/2-inch scale length guitar.

One of the primary assets that makes a dream guitar a dream guitar is the way the neck feels as you wrap around it.  The Classic facilitates its now-legendary, effortless, buttered-lightning playability in a variety of woods and many sizes—so it is a fit of perfection for you.

  • Maple with Rosewood fingerboard
  • Maple
  • Chocolate Maple
  • Rosewood
  • Maple with Pau Ferro fingerboard

Anderson Guitarworks entire pickup line has been conscientiously and meticulously transformed to corroborate a more soulful experience than ever before.  All Anderson pickup models are ready and waiting for application into The Classic so you can outfit yours to handle your favorite tunes—and more.

All of our impressively versatile and simple-as-pie (your favorite flavor, of course) -to-operate switching systems are available for The Classic.

Hello......Hollow Classic

As we stood atop the plateau and gazed out over the Andes region, I playfully called out:

Hellooooooo..........................

 

 

 

 

 

The natural response came back:                                                  

Hellooooooo                                                                                                              Hellooooooo 

                                                                  Hellooooooo

Hellooooooo                                                                                   Hellooooooo

Bouncing off the walls of the surrounding structures

below.

That was fun so I called out again, but accidently misspoke the word "hello," I said:

 

 

Hollow..................................................

 

 

 

And the answer reverberated back:

 

Anderson                                                                                                               Hollow Classic

                                                                  Hollow Classic

 Hollow Classic                                                                                   Anderson 

                                     Hollow Classic

 

That's a little weird.  Isn't this just an echo?  I turned to our "gigging monk" and with a great sense of harmony he elaborated:

As with all hollow Anderson Guitars, Hollow Classic utilizes visually undetectable, sealed chambers—so there is no outwardly discernible difference when visually scrutinizing The Classic in contrast to a Hollow Classic, and no feedback issues—all is well behaved under all applications—very thoughtful.

Hollowing creates a slightly different effect with each Anderson guitar model to which it is applied, as the outside shape and and body wood coincide to create tonal distinction.

Sonically, opting for Hollow Classic opens "S" characteristics in an expanded way—softer attack with extreme "S-style guitar" demeanor—most percussive, plucky, cushy, laidback and quacky "S" ever! 

Why choose hollow?: Perhaps the most obvious reason to strap into a Hollow Classic, as your main classic axe, is weight reduction.  The Classic (solid body), with its svelte solid-body, is not a heavy guitar—in fact it is on the lighter side of vintage instruments, and very nice to hold.  But If an extremely lightweight, beautiful playing instrument with delicate "S" tones is your requirement, Hollow Classic is your new best friend.

Body woods facilitating Hollow Classic's sonic suppleness:

  • Alder Top on Alder Back: Still granting Alder's gift of full and boosted low-mid frequencies accompanied by upper mid prominence—but in a softer, more percussive presentation.
     
  • Swamp Ash Top on Swamp Ash Back: Open, airy mids with extreme "S" pluck & quack, big low, lows and softly sparkling and extremely musical highs—delicate and refined class from this Hollow Classic.
  • Swamp Ash Top on Alder Back: Why not combine the two sources sound above into one magnificent presentation of supported and abundant low mid with softly radiant, musical highs.  This combination seems to satisfy everyone who lays an ear on it.

 

 

Tom Anderson Guitarworks

About Manufacturer

As we have said for the last 28 years (and that's longer than Leo Fender was at Fender), “We are a small American Company dedicated to creating the world's finest feeling, playing and sounding electric guitar—period!” 

 

Also, we love it when our guitars look good—

and they certainly do that—but, without sacrificing any playability or sonic depth.  That's one of the keys: no frills or trendy gismos before tone and flawless function.

Everything has to flow with excellence and grace—all working in “concert” for the whole, bringing forth the best playing experience imaginable.

With great honor and reverence to traditions of the past, we want your new Anderson Guitar to be your best guitar, by far—no comparison.

How it's done:

We can maximize all of these desirable attributes by not making giant hordes of guitars but by making a smaller number and taking the time to do it all just right. 

Each and every guitar is a special individual to us because we are making each and every guitar for a very special individual—you. 

With this process, all details of every guitar gets the attention it, and you, deserve—from start to finish—no exceptions—whether you're Keith Richards or you're not Keith Richards—it's all good. 

Everyone is equally important.

Isn't that they way it should be?

Just a few of the many Anderson assets include:

  • Hand selected body and neck wood—literally every piece.
  • Wood kiln dried to perfection—not only to our specs at the mill but again at the Anderson facility—no rushing here.
  • Wood handled in a real-world environment After the kiln, all our wood spends time in a real-world environment so stability is enhanced and there are no surprises when the guitar is out gigging in diverse conditions—all is well.

Necks: carved to your specifications (one of our 14+ available neck shapes) and then allowed to acclimate to the environment in their new form for a month (at least, no rushing here either) before the precision fingerboard radius is finalized and your choice of Anderson stainless steel frets installed.

     The result is a neck of unparalleled stability and playability
.

Stainless Steel frets:

  • Originally exclusive to Anderson—5 sizes to choose from. 
  • All play like warm butter, smooth and more effortless than any other fret material—for sure. 
  • And because of their slicker surface and enhanced durability, it feels like we do a new fret dress for you every morning. Your vibrato can improve just by having them on your guitar (not kidding about that).
  • Big woody tone is truly maximized as string vibration is more easily conducted directly to the wood—so rich. 
  • There is no downside to these frets, just pure guitar playability and sound through and through—otherwise we wouldn't choose to use them.

Each body and neck are specifically made for one another and then precisely “fit” together.

A–Wedgie neck joint is vastly superior, sonically as well as structurally.

  • This superior bolt–on neck joint also grants greater comfort and easier access to the upper frets—so very nice to play.

(You will have to smash the body to bits to move this neck out of position—certainly not recommended—although we did have one whose girlfriend tried this out in the streets of New York.  Even though the body was in two pieces, the neck and body were still in perfect alignment.  Really makes you love getting A–Wedgie—the Anderson kind, of course.  And because A–Wedgie is a revoltuonary bolt–on design, parts could be replaced and the guitar ended up as good as new.)

Finishes:

Paint is meticulously applied—a proprietary ultraviolet light process that always yields an ultra thin and breathable finish so the instrument's resonance is never impaired but always imparted.

  • All our finishes are as breathable and as resonant (or more so) than the best of the best of the legendary nitro cellous lacquer finishes—without the intrinsic drying problems of lacquer.
     
  • Proof of this can be heard in the vibrance of the instrument.  One strum unplugged tells the whole story—loud, rich, full and ringing.  Nothing rings out like an Anderson.

 

Hardware is hand selected and many parts are Anderson–modified and assembled to insure superior function in every way. There are no compromises here either.  Want some for instances:

Our vintage tremolo bridge is assembled in-house from four different, specially selected components for superior function, tone and feel.All Bigsby bridges are modified and play wonderfully in tune.  You can jump on this like a diving board.Each and every Floyd Rose bridge is individually radius-calibrated to perfectly match neck radius.Tuner buttons are specifically selected to give a vintage look while underneath is a high level tuning machine.A

nderson Advantage: Twin Rear Strap Buttons ensure your guitar will not topple over during a quick break in your playing action, while equally comfortable to strap on with greater adjustment.

 

(pictured left: Cobra Special finished in TV Yellow and loaded with a balanced set of three M–series pickups)

  • Pickups—so many models available that we would have to go back and count to know how many we actually now offer.  All of our pickups are built and wound in our factory using only the finest materials—some exclusive to Anderson alone.  All are tone developed and tested in Anderson guitars for Anderson guitars—anything from real vintage single coils to hum-canceling singles to full humbucks to hum-free Soapbars to our unique M–series pickups—vintage or modern, sweet or aggressive.
  • Switching—the accomplished goal here is to give you simple and familiar control with the greatest versatility possibility—almost every combination, simply at your fingertips, while pure and unaltered tone remains soundly intact. So sweet!
  • Final Assembly—is a work of art within itself.  Components made to their highest level now come together to create a whole greater than the sum of the parts, and function as one smooth and sleek instrument. Every detail of every detail is addressed.  This is where our amazing fretwork is finalized with a fret dress that addresses each and every detail of the fret surface—not just the flat areas.  The most detailed fret job in the industry, and you can easily tell every time you play any Anderson guitar—pure ecstasy of playability.
  • Every aspect of every design, every component used and every model of every guitar is tested, re-tested, played, gigged, tested again, gigged again and felt through our souls, until we are completely satisfied that nothing is left unintended and all aspects are supremely pleasing.  In some cases this process can go on for over a year before any new Anderson instrument or innovation gets to your hands.  But it is so worth it in the end.
     
  • When your Anderson arrives, you can lift it from its case (quick touch up of tuning and maybe truss rod, of course) and right to the stage where Anderson resonance, playability and magic will clearly make itself known to all. And you don't have to think about any of the above-listed attributes (and many more unlisted) because we do that for you, so all you have to do is play.

The process is such a fun one here at Anderson Guitarworks:

We spend countless hours listening, testing, and playing our instruments and our pickups (we really do this, and we like it…a lot).

The process begins with the creation of the most precise and comfortable bodies and necks possible. We accomplish this by choosing only the finest and most beautiful woods from select lumber mills. Our design and manufacturing process utilizes the best of both old and new world craftsmanship. Ground breaking computer-aided technology is used to achieve the most exacting tolerances found in the guitar industry, while the fine-detail woodwork and beautiful finish-sanding are done by the hands of a master.

Specifications

Serial Number: 02-18-15N

Model: Classic

Finish: Candy Apple Red

Body Wood: Alder

Neck Wood: Chocolate Maple

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Scale Length: 25.5"

Natural Satin Headstock

Natural Satin Neck Back

Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Medium Frets

Buzz Feiten Tuning System

Chrome Hardware

Bridge: Vintage Tremolo

Tuners: Locking

Pickguard: Tortoise

Neck Pickup: SC1

Middle Pickup: SC1

Bridge Pickup: HC2

5 Way Add Bridge with Splitter Switching

Hardshell Case