Tom Anderson Drop Top Shorty - Caramel Maple with Hard Shell Case


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Tom Anderson Drop Top Shorty - Caramel Maple with Hard Shell Case

Before the introduction of the magnificent Drop Top in 1990, the number of "S" style guitars that had a maple top that was “dropped” to create a comfortable forearm contour were exactly zero. As a result of this design, we've chosen a body top thickness of 3/16 of an inch, which actually enhances and enrichens the sonic character of the instrument. The result is a guitar that not only plays effortlessly, is extremely comfortable, and sounds amazing but is so darn good looking that if you don't dress well it just may upstage you.

The alder back: Anderson's most popular backing wood, its lower-mid fullness and upper-mid bump give a familiar “S” timbre that supports the lower-end fullness of single coil pickups and humbuckers alike while its upper-mid penetration makes sure other instruments are unable to step into your spot on stage.

Happy Medium neck profile: One of Anderson's most popular necks is a medium depth back shape for the: “not too big and not too small, but just right” neck feel. The taper is a “happy medium” among their other neck shapes. As your hand slides to the upper frets, playing depth increase a desirable "medium" amount.

At the neck:  The HC1 - Loads of neck humbucker saturation, output and smoothness  while still retaining equilibrium for the neck position perfection. The quintessential mate for the medium-hot HC2 in the bridge position.

At the bridge:  The HC2 - Who wouldn’t love a medium-hot output package with all the vintage flavor firmly in place, wound to create a full bouquet of tonalities? Muscular mids with a smattering of lush and soft highlights so it is impressively musical.


All Anderson guitars are equipped with the Buzz Feiten Design Tuning System. The Feiten system is primarily a visually undetectable structural neck change in combination with slightly altered bridge intonation offsets. It allows your guitar to tune more accurately than you have ever experienced before. The most noticeable benefit is that chords sound more in tune with each other.


Known as the A-Wedgie, Anderson's neck joint is a dynamic leap forward in how a body and neck come together to form the whole. The force that binds the neck to its body is an all new neck to body union known as the A-Wedgie neck joint. This exclusive Anderson designed, A-shaped architecture is completely revolutionary to the electric guitar industry. A fully enclosed neck joint (not open on any side but completely surrounded on all sides by body wood) is, technically speaking, a 3-dimensional trapezoidal wedge . It is this 3-dimensional trapezoidal wedge (the A-Wedgie) structure itself that completely locks the body to the neck. Traditional neck bolts are no longer needed to keep the neck from shifting laterally (sideways).


This beauty became an instant favorite for the staff here at Five Star Guitars - an absolute showstopper in aesthetic, comfort and sound alike. But with the level of quality Anderson continues to churn out, we can't say we're suprised. And jeez Louise, just look at the top on this thing! We're starry eyed. Thanks, Tom! 



Guitar Model: Drop Top Shorty
Body Wood: Caramel Flame Maple Top on Alder
Body Finish: Light Tobacco Shaded Edge with Binding, Transparent Brown Back
Finishing Options: Gloss: Beautiful High Gloss Finish
Neck Wood: Maple, Rosewood Fingerboard
Neck Finish: Matching Headstock, Satin Natural Back
Neck Back Shape: Happy Medium
Nut Width: 1 11/16-inch
Frets: Heavy
Hardware Color: Chrome
Bridge: Vintage Tremolo
Pickups: HC1 HC2
Switching: 5-Way for 2 pickups: 3 = Series, Split
Strings: .010-.046 Elixir® Strings
Buzz Feiten Tuning System: Yes