My Tom Anderson Hollow-T is my main electric guitar and I just love it. It’s just fantastic! It’s the perfect guitar for a band- or studio situation since it’s very versatile with many sound possibilities. And it sounds more ”fender” than a Fender guitar! However, I had to wait for a long time (12 years!) before it came into my hands.
Way back in 1988, I went to a well-known music store in my hometown in order to try a couple of custom made boutique guitars. I tried several guitars and they were good – but not good enough to match the high price tag. Almost all of these guitars were designed in a typical Fender Stratocaster-style, which I liked (and still like) very much. Apart from all the Stratocaster-style guitars there was one natural-coloured Telecaster-style guitar that I hadn’t tried yet. That guitar was a Tom Anderson Hollow-T. At that time I didn’t like the Fender Telecaster or Telecaster-style guitars in general. Furthermore, I didn’t like the look of this particular guitar in the shop. So, despite my distaste for the look of this Hollow-T I decided to give it a try anyway. It was amazing! The guitar was perfectly balanced and the action was magnificent. “What a fantastic guitar”, I remember that I thought. “This guitar is really worth all the money it costs”, I said to myself.
After many days of thinking to and fro I decided not to buy this fantastic guitar. I couldn’t afford it! It was too risky for my social situation at that time. “But one day in the future, when I have the money, I’m going to have such a guitar”, I told myself.
Five years later, in 1993, I had a lot of jobs as a musician and my economy was pretty good. Now, it was time for a good custom made guitar – a Tom Anderson Hollow-T. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any Tom Anderson guitars at all in my hometown or in the rest of Sweden. When I called the Swedish agency for Tom Anderson guitars, they told me that they only got two guitars every sixth months to Sweden and those guitars were usually pre-booked. On top of this problem, the guitars were very expensive because of the high dollar currency at that time. In addition, I didn’t like the idea of choosing between only one or two guitars – especially when they were so expensive. “What if I get a guitar that I don’t like?”, I asked myself. Instead, I bought another very good guitar and decided to wait for my Tom Anderson until some day I would go to the U.S.A.
The years went by and I was happy with all my guitars and all my other instruments too. I worked hard in my studio and produced a lot of corporate music but also my own albums. In the year 2000 I was awarded “World Medal” for best music & lyrics together with lyricist Pierre Breidensjö in “The New York Film Festival”. This prize was for a campaign song to the car Volvo S80. It was time to go to the U.S.A. and New York to get the prize that I’d been awarded.
I was so happy for this prize and to go to New York that I really wanted to treat myself with something extra … ”I’m going to buy myself a Tom Anderson Hollow-T in New York”, was the first idea that came up in my mind – of course!
A couple of days after the prize ceremony I rented a car and drove to the Guitar Center in East Brunswick, New Jersey. I had called them the day before and they told me that there were sixteen Tom Anderson guitars in the shop. Sixteen Tom Anderson guitars! Wow! This was heaven for me! When in the shop, I spent about four hours trying out all sixteen guitars. And naturally I tried them unplugged and acoustic in order to hear the basic tone quality of the guitars. They were all good but two appealed to me more than the others: one Hollow-T tobacco brown and one Hollow-T sunburst. To me, the sunburst one sounded brighter than the tobacco brown, which was the mellower one. I liked both but thought that the bright one would be more useful for me in the studio (or in an orchestra situation). However, I wasn’t sure if there were any tone differences between the guitars. Maybe I thought the tobacco one was mellower because of its colour. I wasn’t sure about it.
I asked the salesman if he could listen and tell me what he heard when I played the instruments. He listened and told me that both sounds very good (of course he was the salesman) and that the sunburst is a little bit brighter in its tone. I was right and immediately decided to buy my excellent Tom Anderson Hollow-T sunburst built in August 1996. So there I finally got my beloved guitar in my hands after 12 (!) long years of waiting.