All mahogany Cobra

RSRD

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Anyone ever seen or heard one? It sounds like my dream come true! I thought they only came with a maple or koa top.


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RSRD

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Mr H, Nice andersons! Thats a cool looking tabacco top. The one at mass st. looks pretty damn cool though I dont know much about the fishman. A bit pricey too, but still sweeet.

~t
 

shallbe

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Originally posted by Mr.Hanky
Not only seen and heard, but I own one, with P-90's. It is called a Cobra Special.

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I have that exact same guitar, in the TV yellow color, but mine has a small black pickguard as well. The stock pickups were good, but I put a pair of HD VP90's in there and...........that guitar can do anything. I love it, and the SS frets are just wonderful.

I also have a great 3-P90 maple-topped Cobra that I put the HD pickups in. I sent it to Anderson to have it refretted with SS, and the guitar is a monster--------I would take it over any Strat or any Tele I've played, anyday. Very versatile, very playable.
 

sylvanshine

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Only way to get an all mahogany Cobra is the Cobra Special. Other wise, you could get an all mahogany Pro Am, but that is a different scale length.
 

Mr.Hanky

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Originally posted by sylvanshine
Only way to get an all mahogany Cobra is the Cobra Special. Other wise, you could get an all mahogany Pro Am, but that is a different scale length.
I'm sure you could order one with HB's, that wouldn't be a problem. Or break out the dremel tool!!
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Originally posted by Mr.Hanky
Not only seen and heard, but I own one, with P-90's. It is called a Cobra Special.
I had a Cobra Special for awhile. Probably the single most comfortable and playable electric guitar I've owned over the years (out of over two dozen).

I was amazed at how *different* the Cobra Special sounded in comparison to my PRS McSoap Std., both unplugged and at full bore. The specs are very similar -- solid mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood board, fixed bridge, P90s, short-ish scale length. The key differences are bolt on vs. glued in neck, 6-in-line vs. 3+3 tuners, headstock angle, strings through body vs. wrap around tailpiece, and just 1/4" in scale length.

The Anderson was much more polite and even sounding than the PRS. It could jangle kind of like a muscular Tele, but wouldn't deliver the big midrange thrust that I get from the McSoap. I wanted to love that Cobra Special, because its physical aspects suited me like no guitar before or since. Just an ergonomic masterpiece with top shelf craftsmanship, IMO.

I never tried a pickup upgrade, because unplugged I wasn't hearing the frequencies I wanted out of the guitar. YMMV and be more like shallbe's experience, so happy hunting. Anderson makes some of the best semi-custom axes in the world.

BTW, Pro Am is nothing like the Cobra Special. Besides the different scale length, the PA only comes with a maple neck vs. the Cobra line's mahogany-only spec. [Except for some rosewood neck Cobras that I've heard about.]

- DB
 

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I agree about the acoustic properties of the Cobra Special. It is a little jangly, which I like. The pickup swap added a bit of everything good-----more output yet more clarity. I found the TA pickups a little congested, and actually not delivering what I was hearing acoustically. Plus, the Harmonic Design pickups sound every bit as good dirty as clean, and have less noise.

Ergonomically, the guitar is so easy to play and weighs less than many hollow T's. It does not have the midrange thrust of my 54 Goldtop, but no P-90 guitar I have does. I've found most PRS guitars to be very full of mids as well.
 

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Originally posted by OldSchool
Nice Cobra on the left! Wanna trade for a Baker B1? :dude
Possibly, send me some info.

That one is a hollow cobra and to tell the truth I have been thinking of selling it. I have too many mahogany 25 1/2 scale guitars, 2LP's, 2 cobra's.
My new R7 is really floating my boat these days.

I really want a 175 of some kind of archtop.
 

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Originally posted by malabarmusic
I wanted to love that Cobra Special, because its physical aspects suited me like no guitar before or since. Just an ergonomic masterpiece with top shelf craftsmanship, IMO.

I never tried a pickup upgrade, because unplugged I wasn't hearing the frequencies I wanted out of the guitar.
- DB
My experience with Cobras exactly. I love Andersons for their
ergonomics and playablility, but have a devil of a time getting
the kind of tone/response I want out of a mahogany-bodied guitar from them.

A Hollow Cobra finally did it. Even then I went thru multiple
pickup changes. Finally settled on a pair of P-90's in a
humbucker housing made by Wolfetone (model HP-90).
Now it has everything in place.

Anderson is not very 'custom' at all. I tried to order a custom
Cobra Special. The only change from stock I wanted was a
second volume knob. They refused to build it that way.
Stock volume and tone arrangement only. I declined to
order. Heatley got my business instead.
 

thegame

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Originally posted by malabarmusic
I had a Cobra Special for awhile. Probably the single most comfortable and playable electric guitar I've owned over the years (out of over two dozen).

- DB
I think Tom Andersons are THE most comfortable guitars to play, but for my style the tone is just not there. IMO they're too polite sounding. Not raw at all.
 

OldSchool

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Originally posted by smilefan
Anderson is not very 'custom' at all. I tried to order a custom
Cobra Special. The only change from stock I wanted was a
second volume knob. They refused to build it that way.
Stock volume and tone arrangement only. I declined to
order. Heatley got my business instead.


I personally Love Andersons ..............but you are right . They don't bend much. I'd love an anderson tele but they refuse to put on a traditional Tele bridge. So you have to either deal with it, or move on. I respect him for his conviction..........but I guess buissness is good when you can turn away customers.........
 




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