I'm not THAT big a gearhead. Until a few months ago, I had a dim awareness of Tom Anderson guitars as allegedly being really good, but don't think I could have told you more. I used to gig loads, but every year finds me, as Spinal Tap would say, having a more selective audience. It's what happens when you start turning grey but only have played original stuff your whole life, I guess. Anyway, it was the old "In Guitar Center to get a cable, came out with a guitar" story. It was hanging way up in a corner and I'd seen it there, at a pretty high price, a couple months earlier. If I thought anything, it was "Oh, that's what a Tom Anderson guitar looks like. A low-key Les Paul Special. Whatevs." Then it happened to be marked down and on a lower hanger. Okay, I'll pick it up. The "feel" was immediately so high-quality. A combination of the low-gloss neck, the fret ends, the balance, the simplicity. And the sound of the PH-1 and PH-3 pickups on mahogany was old. It sounded like it had been played for 50 years, in a good way. Mostly mellow, but a bit of bite from the bridge, and not very high-output. The way the fretboard edges were rolled, the traditional-looking tuners, the wrap bridge all added up to a very vintage-y feel and sound, despite the new-fangled stuff like the neck joint, compound radius, series-parallel switch, Feiten nut, and locking tuners. So, it's been my go-to since. Through weird events, this GC had gotten the inventory of a T A dealer so it was spankin' new at a used price. I don't read a lot about this model but wanted to share that if you like that kind of vibe in a guitar, it's worth checking out.