Having now owned and played a Tom Anderson Guitarworks Crowdster Player for about a month, I can't say enough good about this guitar. Just picking one up for the first time is an experience. You feel the quality and attention to detail in the craftsmanship by merely holding it. Looking closer, you'll immediately realize the wood choices are excellent. A slightly figured, wood bound maple top and hollow chambered alder body show the fit and finish to be flawless. The selection of smart details on the surprisingly light weight Crowdster like mid-notched super-smooth tone controls, superior Buzz Feiten tuners, LR Baggs Piezo pickup and higher end case brings immediate confidence to the player. Initially playing it "unplugged," this guitar resonates in your hands with anticipation of a great amplified sound. Then plug it in...it's truly impressive!
I never expected so much sound to come out of this guitar! Pure, clear, clean, resonate and inspiring... this guitar must be played to be fully appreciated. Seeing them on stage, I never knew their impressive value until I played one for myself. As a frequent gigging musician, I find myself turning to this guitar more and more. For live, amplified acoustic sound (without fear of feedback) this guitar continues to impress me. People are often curious about it on stage and several have come afterwards asking about it. "Unique," "beautiful" and "amazing sound" are frequent comments I hear.
The shorter (24 3/4") scale requires a moment of familiarity to what essentially looks and feels like an electric guitar. But this slight adjustment affords the player exceptional ease of play. A 1.73" nut and small frets make for effortless roaming all over the rosewood fingerboard of the maple natural satin finish neck. Paired with a tunable DI and a good acoustic amp or going straight to board, you will be pleased. The Crowdster clearly surpasses similarly styled guitars...hands down. Play one and hear for yourself. You will be impressed.