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The New Rig

Some followers of the blog were asking about when I would post a glamor shot of my new guitar rig — the Dr. Z Maz Senior 38 and the Tom Anderson Guitarworks Droptop. I had some time this week-end to get the rig polished and ready for the camera. Here is one of the shots I took today.

Awesome rig.

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Tom Anderson Guitarworks

The big reveal. I did pick up a new guitar to go along with the new Dr. Z amplifier and speaker cab. A Tom Anderson Guitarworks Drop Top.

Technical Information

  • Model: Drop Top
  • Body Finish: Cajun Red with Binding
  • Body Wood: Flame Maple Top on Alder
  • Neck Wood: Hard Rock Maple, Rosewood Fretboard
  • Neck Finish: Black Headstock, Satin Back
  • Nutwidth: 1 11/16 in
  • Frets: Heavy
  • Back Shape: Even Taper
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage Tremolo
  • Pickguard: No Pickguard
  • Pickups: SF1R SF1 HO2
  • Switching: 5 Way, Splitter, VA Booster, Pull Adds Bridge
  • Strings: .010-.046 Elixir strings (which I promptly replaced with D’Addario 10 – 46)

My son had joined me for the guitar selection rite of passage and I told him that we may or may not find the guitar. That if it was there at the store waiting for me, we would find it. It would call out to me. And if the guitar did not call out to me, we would keep looking. We spent several hours auditioning numerous guitars: Fender, Suhr, Tom Anderson. This one guitar, the one I took home, played like a dream. It called out and I listened. Awesome machine.

I haven’t had a chance to take photos of the new rig but it looks a bit like this one. Main difference is that my headstock is black.

I guess I am now set for another ten years. Hopefully I will still be playing when I’m 64.

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Cosmo Music

Headed into Toronto this evening as I have a series of meetings here tomorrow. After I settled into the hotel, I decided to drop by the new Cosmo Music Superstore in Richmond Hill. I was looking for some George L’s as my Trailer Trash Pedal Board came in yesterday. And I will be rewiring the pedal board over the week-end.

What a store. One of the staff was good enough to walk me through some of the special features of this location. Aside from tempting me with a new Suhr or Tom Anderson, he took me into a special room that models different halls. If you want to hear what your instrument sounds like in a cathedral, this room will model the acoustic space in a pretty compelling way.

I have traveled widely across Canada and the United States and I have been in a number of guitar superstores. Cosmo is certainly one of the best I have seen. Most impressive.

And maybe I might be swayed to a particular model of Suhr. Andrew said he would cut me a great deal on this guitar.

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