The pleasure of playing short scale (Anderson content)

veus55

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I have been a Fender style player most of my life. I can't bond with a LP style guitar. Most of my guitars are strat style guitars.

I have been reading for a long time about the Tom Anderson Cobras (Super Strat type guitar with a short scale) and decided to pull the trigger on one.


The finish and playability on this guitar is insane!!!
I wish I had played one of these before. I belong to the early 50 crowd and the short scale is a gift to my aching hands.
 

SigXer

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That guitar looks great! How does the short scale affect the tone? Is it warmer / darker than a typical super strat?
 

mxk116

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Just beautiful! And I know it plays as good as it looks. :beer

I acquired my Anderson’s in the mid 1990’s and they are exceptional instruments. Tom has sustained and evolved his instruments constantly but one thing, in addition to the quality and playability, has been constant; the magnificently figured wood! All I can say is wowser.
 

atquinn

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That guitar looks great! How does the short scale affect the tone? Is it warmer / darker than a typical super strat?
My Cobra is noticeably less stratty than my Suhr Standard with the same wood makeup and the exact same pickups. More fundamental in the tone maybe? Humbucker tones are beefier but split tones are comparatively unimpressive/dull. The bridges between the two are different so that might be a factor as well. The Cobra is super comfortable to play. Going from my Suhr Standards to the Cobra doesn't require any adjustment, but the Cobra is noticeably "looser" in comparison.

Austin
 
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ChazMania

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I have an Anderson Short T, it's a beast. Mini hum in the bridge and strat single in the neck, honestly does not sound very Tele like, more like a LP Jr-ish. Great feel and sound but it often catches people off guard thinking it should sound like a Tele.
 

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If I use the same string gauge on my 25.5 and 24.75 guitars, the longer-scale ones feel and sound twangier -- faster attack, quicker decay -- than the more fluid feeling/sounding shorter-scale guitars. If I put 9s on the longer scale ones and 10's on the others, they become more the same. I like them both. Of course, there's always PRS and some others who split the difference. For some people there's a real preference, but for some reason I like using different-feeling guitars, I think because it captures a little more of my attention and feel.
 
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I bought my first Anderson, a Cobra T, a few months ago and I’m hooked. I got to the point where I was using 9’s on my guitars more and more to help with string tension, but with this guitar I can play 10’s comfortably. I liked it so much I ordered a new Cobra T Hollow with some M pickups.
 

veus55

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That guitar looks great! How does the short scale affect the tone? Is it warmer / darker than a typical super strat?
I would say that the tone is warmer. The big difference is the string tension. I play 10's and it is so easy to play the Anderson, no fatigue and easier to play stretched chords.
The overall feel is stratty but the tone closer to an LP.
Also keep in mind that the the wood selection is more LP style with a mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard and maple top on the body. The PU's are close to PAF
 

atquinn

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I would say that the tone is warmer. The big difference is the string tension. I play 10's and it is so easy to play the Anderson, no fatigue and easier to play stretched chords.
The overall feel is stratty but the tone closer to an LP.
Also keep in mind that the the wood selection is more LP style with a mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard and maple top on the body. The PU's are close to PAF
What HC model pickups do you have in your (gorgeous) Cobra S? Mine came with an H1 in the neck and H3 in the bridge. After trying a couple other sets out, I'm back to the H1/H3 combo. They're a change of pace from my other humbucker guitars, but they sound great and what's the point of having different guitars if they all sound the same? lol

Austin
 

fitzo

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That is a beautiful guitar! I love orange-toned finishes. Enjoy!
Added: actually, when one looks at the full-size foto, that's beyond beautiful into incredible. Wow!

I've got a hollow Cobra T and it's a fine guitar. I also ordered a hollow Drop Top Shorty S, maple on basswood, HSH Switcheroo and it quickly became my number one. I've got several other hollow long scale Andersons, but if I get another, it'll be a short scale. It makes my very arthritic left hand happy.
 

veus55

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What HC model pickups do you have in your (gorgeous) Cobra S? Mine came with an H1 in the neck and H3 in the bridge. After trying a couple other sets out, I'm back to the H1/H3 combo. They're a change of pace from my other humbucker guitars, but they sound great and what's the point of having different guitars if they all sound the same? lol

Austin
That is what I got H1/H3
Love the sound!
Dan
 




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