Andersons are addictive

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  1. shadco

    shadco Member

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    Order went in today for my 2nd TAG, a basic simple Classic this time.

    • MODEL: Classic
    • FINISH: White—with assorted vintage flecks
    • BODY BACK COLOR: same
    • BODYWOOD: Alder
    • NECKWOOD: Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
    • HEADSTOCK FINISH: Vintage Tint Satin
    • NECKBACK FINISH: Vintage Tint Satin
    • NECK BACKSHAPE: 62 Roundback
    • NUTWIDTH: 1 11//16-inch
    • FRETS: Heavy
    • BRIDGE: Vintage Tremolo
    • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
    • PICKGUARD: Tortoise
    • PICKUP RINGS or COVERS: Coffee Dipped
    • NECK PICKUP: VA12
    • MIDDLE PICKUP: VA12R
    • BRIDGE PICKUP: VA23
    • SWITCHING: 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push Pull & VA Booster—for 14 sounds
    • STRING GAUGE: .010-.046
     
  2. Glowing Tubes

    Glowing Tubes Gold Supporting Member

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    assorted vintage flecks? Are those different sounding than non-vintage flecks? LOL

    Congratulations! Definately will want to see pics when you get that killer guitar! Love the 62RB neck shape.
     
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  4. GaryMcT

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    I want an Anderson Classic badly, but I'm waiting to see if the Suhr aftermarket noiseless thang works well with those. I might have to get a Suhr instead of it doesn't. I really like the idea of the VA12 and VA23's coil tap feature.
     
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    Hey Gary,
    Love the finish on your DTC! The VA12' - 3s are a great option for even more useful sounds.
    My Andy's were never that noisy to begin with though...
     
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    Could you explain the 'VA booster' option? Intriguing.
     
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    Basically a switch activates additional windings on the pickups, giving it a darker, fuller sound. :hiP
     
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    Cool. Is it an active boost...battery powered?
     
  9. SteveK

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    Passive. I picked up a Classic from Jack Gretz the Friday before New Year's Eve, and gigged it New Year's Eve along with a Thorn. I was looking for an excellent + Strat, and dang if this doesn't do the trick. The VA12 and VA23 pups and switching are great! Plus the fact that the neck adjustment has been relocated to the headstock, really made it a must buy.:BEER
     
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    I guess it's a good thing I didn't make the 3 hour schlep up there on friday like I was tempted to. WHich one did you snag?
     
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    If I ever get an Anderson Classic, I'm going to go for the VA boost as well. For those interested, here are more details

    TA used to have 3 versions of their VA Strat single coils:

    VA1 - vintage Strat
    VA2 - overwound vintage Strat (hotter for the bridge position)
    VA3 - wound like their Tele bridge pickup but in a Strat sized coil

    Anderson's typical VA set-up would be a VA1-VA1R-VA2, so you had both the hotter bridge pickup and the reverse-wound middle pickup so you had hum cancelling in positions 2 & 4.

    Then they came up with the VA12 - wound like a VA2 but with a tap at the VA1 winding point. Anderson sometimes uses these in the bridge position with an auto-tap so that both pickups have the same output in the bridge/middle position.

    Then they came up with the VA23 - same concept, wound like a VA3 but with a tap at the VA2 winding point.

    The VA Booster is set so you get the pickups tapped (VA1-VA1R-VA2) in one position, which is their typical "Vintage Strat" set-up, or you get the pickups full-out (VA2-VA2R-VA3) for a really hot Strat set-up.
     
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    Tom builds a great guitar and this looks like it will be a nice one. I love my Hollow Drop Top Classic.
     
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    Does it automatically use the VA2 side of the middle VA12 and VA23 when in the middle/bridge position?

    I really want one of their classics with these pickups. . they sound really great. I'm holding out to see how well the Suhr aftermarket noiseless solution works with these pickups. . . if it doesn't work, I may get a Suhr instead.
     
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    I snagged the Firemist Gold Classic with rosewood board...wonderful "Strat" :D

    The ONLY thing keeping me from getting one sooner was the fact that the neck adjustment was located at the body instead of the headstock.

    REALLY glad that TAG changed that little detail :jo :D
     
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    That sounds great, Steve.
    You should be well armed with that Andy Classic & your Thorns.
     
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    why not just get a suhr instead? Anderson's are great guitars but Suhr will give you anything anderson offers plus the silent coils, plek, and more choices. Suhr offers all the advantages of Anderson (custom colors, fieten tuning, SS frets) but with far more options in hardware, body contours, and neck shapes/radius.
    I like anderson classics, but I never understood why they are so tight with options-you get one fret material, one body shape (for strat types), one non-locking trem choice, one knob type, one jack type, nut material,etc.
     
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    If the choices available from Anderson happen to line up with what you want how is going to another builder advantagous?
     
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    Both Suhr and Anderson are of great quality. There are differences and depending on what your looking for one will be more apealing than another.

    I do wish Anderson would open up to more options but it's his company and that's his choice. Tom's guitars are (for me) the best put together guitars I've ever played. That's not taking anything away from Suhr, who's guitars have tone that I love the most. Its really a win win situation with those two.

    I have a feeling the production model Suhr guitars are going to be a great.:BOUNCE

    Richard
     
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    Anderson's are great guitars.....................

    I own 4 of them. :D


    What's happenning AG !!??? :D
     
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    Because he wants the Silent Coil system, as he clearly stated. Anderson does not offer that. He can order all the same specs as the anderson on the Suhr, plus the silent coil system. That is the advantage.
    The silent system aftermarket version won't work as well as the version installed on suhrs, because it will be on the backplate.
     

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