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Thread: After about 20+ yrs of waiting, working on my 1st Anderson spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertmu View Post
    Went with S Pro Am.

    That surf green is really going to pop with the chocolate maple neck. 3 of my 6 TAGs have the chocolate maple and I love them!!




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    Beautiful guitars! Thanks for sharing. Love that orange/choc maple combo!

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    I love them! I have had about 15 different people that have asked for dibs on the orange Pro Am if I ever sell it. My answer is the same every time...just order your own because mine is going nowhere!!
    Guitars:
    Anderson Drop Top, Short Classic T, Classic S, Bulldog x 2, Pro Am

    Amps:
    Kemper Profiling Amp
    Atomic CLR Wedge
    Henning Bottle Rocket
    Bogner Oversized 2x12

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    Still toying with pickup options. Anyone have any thoughts on rings vs. no rings in terms of the effect on the tone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertmu View Post
    Still toying with pickup options. Anyone have any thoughts on rings vs. no rings in terms of the effect on the tone?
    For me, the tonal effect of rings vs direct mount is so minimal (if anything) that I would just go with what you prefer the look of. There are far greater differences caused by pickup height adjustments, nickel or brass pickup covers, cable capacitance, and of course the model of the pickup itself.

    Others may have more sensitive ears, but the 'stiffness/directness' that people supposedly hear for direct mount is completely inaudible to me. I can hear all sorts of other tonal effects due to some of the things as mentioned above, but direct vs ring mount isn't one of them. Naturally YMMV.

    It's a hard choice, the PQ1 in cream would probably look great without ring, but the black fibre bobbin H series look better with black pickup rings IMO, and I'd go with a cream pickup ring to match the PQ1.

    If you're going for a HF series in the bridge, I wonder if Tom makes them with a plastic cream pickup cover with the little 'A' logo on it. That would look pretty with a matching cream ring

    Black pickups for both might look cool too if you like the black/surf contrast.

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    i think there is a little confusion about what is meant by direct mounted pickups. when we direct mount, no ring, the pickup is still shock mounted, rubber under the pickup and under the screw head.so the sound is insignificantly different than a ring. some used to rigidly mount pickups to the wood, and that would affect the sound more dramatically, and contribute to microphonics. we have not offered that method.

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    Figured I would update with the final pickup specs. Went with PH3 in bridge and PH1 in neck, open face / nickel and cream rings and switch tip. I liked the clips of the PQ3 I had heard a lot and Roy suggested the P1 in the neck to match. I also liked the idea of the H-size in case I ever want to switch it up. I think the nickel/black/cream combo will look good on the surf green. Thanks again for the advice!

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    Itís going be a great guitar!

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    Just updating this thread now that it's built and delivered!

    Here is the guitar itself: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnkSbX-H...d=ujvo280m4qy5

    Here is what I sent to the dealer after I'd had it for a couple weeks...such a great guitar:

    I spent some good time with it this weekend, probably 5 hours or so playing it. It would be difficult to meet my high expectations for this guitar but man, it surpasses all of them. Where to begin...it's super light, the neck is fat like I wanted, the tone is huge - very fat but with enough bite to be heard. The low strings "plong" like a piano and the high strings are clear but not shrill. The pickups are fantastic. They really do sound like regular P90s but with a lot less noise. The neck position is full and fat, the middle position adds some bite, and the bridge is all-out rock and roll. Even the split coil in-between positions are fantastic, especially for rhythm playing. I could play anything with this, up to and including metal. Jeez, lol. It tunes up better than anything I've ever owned. The fit and finish is incredible. The trem works perfectly. On top of all that, it has as much sustain as the set-neck PRS I have that has the most sustain of any guitar I've played. I can't think of a negative.

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    That really looks cool. I was skeptical when I saw your specs a few months back. I dig it.

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    That looks great!

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    Yes really great looking guitar! Play it in good health!!

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    hT-classic, Bulldog PQs, shortDropTop, Bulldog HCs

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    Gorgeous guitar!!! Love the color!!
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    Atomic CLR Wedge
    Henning Bottle Rocket
    Bogner Oversized 2x12

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    I had a Mandoguitar With a very Nice surf colour. I sold it cause i did not get the intonation good and the tension on high E was very high!

    http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/...psuonmvsyj.jpg

    Playing Tom Anderson Drop Top, and a Hollow Short T Classic

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