The Shorty features a 24.75” (Gibson) scale length rather than the usual 25.5” (Fender) length. The result is an extremely playable guitar with a fuller tone since the shorter scale length moves the midrange Q frequency lower in the tonal spectrum. It features the versatility and clarity of a Super Strat with some of the warmth of an SG. The playability, innovation and attention to detail, however, reveals the bloodline to be all Anderson. And while Tom Anderson always builds great guitars this is a particularly fine sounding example.
It’s a big sounding guitar with an open articulate tone that’s never tentative or anemic. Chords ring big & bold while single notes have a gooey, juicy quality with effortless sustain. When even moderate gain is introduced gorgeous overtones bloom instantly. The H1 neck pickup provides classic fat humbucking tones but still chimes when split. The HN2+ is a fire-breathing dragon- punchy & muscular with plenty of cut yet still very musical. At 6 pounds 14 ounces this is a notably light guitar making it extremely comfortable to wear for extended periods (which is fortunate since the person who buys this one is not going to want to put it down).
The neck fills the palm nicely but never feels too big. The contoured heel provides easy access to the upper register. The wedge neck pocket provides more contact area between neck & body and literally locks the neck in place. Fretwork is immaculate & the Buzz Feiten tuning system insures that even the tightest chord clusters play in tune all the way up the neck. Fit & finish are absolutely flawless.
- Body Finish – Maui Kazowie
- Body Wood - Swamp Ash
- Neck Wood - Hard Rock Maple with Maple fingerboard
- Neck Finish - Satin Finish
- Nut width - 1 11/16 in
- Scale Length- 24.75"
- Frets - Heavy
- Back Shape - Even Taper +.030"
- Hardware - Chrome
- Bridge - Vintage Tremolo with locking tuners
- Pickguard - Black
- Pickups - H1 HN2+
- Switching - 5 Way, Pull Tone Splits Both Pickups in Position 3
- Strings- 10-46
- Weight- 6 pounds 14 ounces
- Hardshell case