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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pacojastorius, Mar 11, 2006.
anyone ever try or know anything about the Tom Anderson jazz basses
Tom Anderson made some nice stuff, in late 70's and 80's.
This was before, Sadowski, lull, lakland ect.
High end fender style.
did he use warmoth like sadowsky in the 80s? did he make them by hand and were they expensive custom jobs?
Why don't you just ask him ? The people at Anderson are very pleasant and helpful. Email.
interesting, Tom says that he never built these basses and that it was probably his european dist. that put together Anderson parts.
thats a real shame, unless it was put together by someone that new what they were doing, but who's to know??maybe its held together with paper clips?
also Anderson says that he never gave anyone permission to put the Anderson logo on the headstock as he didnt build any basses.
so this bass is about as good as a Wamouth. Although i also found out doing a search here that Victor Baileys Pensa Suhr bass was built using parts from Tom Anderson (the body and the neck) so it comes down to who actually put it together, maybe we will never know!
I have heard rumors that Anderson does the bodies of one of the high end Jazz basses. A company that certainly DOES NOT use Warmouth. I won't say which one. But I have never seen any Anderson Basses myself in the states. For the record both Mike Lull and Roger Sadowsky have stated clearly they do not use Warmouth.
Anderson used to build necks and bodies for a particular high end builder but they haven't done that in quite a while - there is more demand for their guitars than they can produce. I've been after them for years to build a bass. But in terms of quality, Alleva~Coppolo does for basses what they do for guitars in my opinion.
In the late '70s/early '80s, Tom was a big name at Schecter, which made killer strat and tele bodies, necks, pickups, and hardware. The guitars were generally assembled by about a dozen "Schecter Shops", like Rudy's (as in Rudy Pensa - John Suhr was the luthier there, and built a lot of them), Wilcutt's (who built a lot of "exotic" Schecters, eg, solid figured maple/koa/padauk/etc bodies, Braz RW necks), Strings & Things in Memphis, and Valley Arts (before Samick bought them) until '83 or so, when Schecter moved to TX and started building their guitars entirely by themselves.
Tom then set up his own shop and started supplying bodies and necks to what became pretty major high-end names like Pensa-Suhr (Mark Knopfler's first Pensa-Suhr is a TA body and neck - John Suhr hand carved the top, though) and Valley Arts (where Don Grosh had come on board as production manager). He started working on pickups, as well, and around '88, he started building on his own instruments.
Tom never made any complete basses, but he definitely made bodies and necks for, in his own words, "other prominent builders." He also sold parts to Moon in Japan for a while, who assembled them and labeled at least some of them as Tom Anderson Guitarworks for their domestic market. He says he stopped doing bass stuff in '90.
Well, I know for a fact Tom does not make bodies for Sadowsky.
the strange thing is that i just went and looked at the Ateiler Z site and on the Richard Bona Sig model they use Warmouth necks! http://www.atelierz.co.jp/macchinorbspecial1.html
so are these Tom Andersons floating around Moon basses?
Some of them are. Tom has hinted on the TA Forum that others might not be made from TA parts, though he didn't know for sure if Moon labeled any of their non-TA basses with the TA logo.
I have a Tom Anderson Jazz bass neck that I put on a warmouth pbass body with EMGs Gold guard ,black nitro with matching headstock
A bit off topic, and I hope the thread is not dead, but what about Moon/Warmoth kind of stuffs?