With over 20 years of experience in the craft, Ian started his professional career in the early '90s with noted builder and restoration expert Scott Lentz. He then went on to work for Taylor Guitars where he worked in just about every department, specializing in the art of CNC machining. His experience with Scott Lentz, the historic instruments that came through his shop, and his work at Taylor guitars inevitably led to the Standard Special model guitar.

We are thrilled to be able to offer this rare, gently used Ian Anderson Standard Special (total Bonamassa vibes too, no?). Ian's guitars feel like the best 1950's Gibsons, only housed in the more balanced, and comfortable, Telecaster shape. Don't let the shape fool you though - this is a Les Paul Special style guitar through and through.

Fans of large neck profiles will absolutely love Ian's neck carve (it's the quintessential '59 LP shape). The tones? Huge. Ian winds his own pickups and the result is quite possibly the most open, clear, and fat Les Paul-esq tones you're going to encounter this side of a vintage LP (even then, vintage LP's aren't always great). Seated playing is a joy as the Tele shape offers something all LP's lack - balance. The playing feel is super slinky, not stiff in the slightest...Tons of sustain on tap...Can you tell we love this one?

How does this stack up to, say, a Historic Gibson? No comparison. Don't get us wrong, the Gibson Custom Shop turns out some fantastic guitars...but...this is in another league. Flawless build quality, exceptional materials, tones, feel and playability. The attention to detail is just markedly higher (which makes perfect sense - one man shop vs production).

Condition: Excellent save for a few minor indentations scattered around the body (near the input jack, etc...). There's one chip in the finish by the nut, bass side (no impact on playing or stability, purely cosmetic). On first glance, the guitar looks mint. It's only after giving it a thorough once-over will you notice any of the above.

A great opportunity to grab a guitar from a highly lauded builder without having to endure a really long wait period. Priced with original hardshell case.

The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

Ian Anderson
Original Hard
5 Year Member
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
2:03 AM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

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We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.