guitar really sounded the best in this position:
warm tones and great clarity.
The overall sound of this guitar is very
Gibson/PRS, especially the bridge position,
which reminded me a lot of my old PRS
CE24. The neck position has some of the
same qualities as well, but had less breakup
and better bass response than I ever remember getting out of my PRS. It also worth mentioning that this guitar has no background
noise or unruly feedback even with the gain
cranked, which I expect from a high-quality
instrument. As for playability, SG fans will
really love this guitar for its neck. But fans of
Paul Reed Smith and Les Paul guitars will also
love the Wille. And once again, Anderberg
has improved upon them with a slim, symmetrical double cutaway design that allows
easy access to all the frets, especially with
a neck-thru body. The action is dialed in
perfectly and the rosewood fretboard feels
great. The smooth finish of the neck provides
easy gliding up and down the neck.
I had the opportunity to use the Anderberg
Wille in the studio. I used it mostly for some
ambient clean parts with an EBow, allowing
the resonance of the instrument to provide
the bulk of the tone and sustain. I also used
it for some heavy down-tuned parts and
some harmonic leads. The Wille truly delivered. I actually hadn’t intend to use it so
much, but I kept setting down my bari-Tele
to pick up the Anderberg. And now I don’t
want to give it back.
The Final Mojo
Anderberg currently offers six models, including two basses, and has a six- to eight-week
turnaround time—and he will accommodate
specific hardware requests. I was hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the
Anderberg Wille, and was pretty bummed
out when I had to return it. There is something truly wonderful about the Wille, and
I can safely say I haven’t been this excited
about a guitar since I picked up my first PRS
over a decade ago. Now I just need to save
some pennies up, so I can have Anderberg
build one for me.
you’re looking for a highly ver-
satile rocker that looks, plays
and sounds great.
balls-out is a little too
much rock for you.
Click here to hear sound clips
of the guitar in action
Anderberg Custom Guitars