Rusty Anderson Launches Guitar With A Beverly Hills Bash

(Gibson) The customized version of the 1959 ES-335 Rusty Anderson bought in 2002 and uses to perform in the Paul McCartney band made its debut at an exclusive launch party at the Gibson Beverly Hills Showroom.

"The main reason I chose this guitar to customize is because it maintains its tone at any level which is important when playing large stadiums to hundreds of thousands of fans," said Rusty, who played the instrument with his band, Rusty Anderson Afternoon for an exclusive group of friends, fans and celebrities.

Another reason selected this model was its light weight. According to Rusty, the center block is made of the lightest wood available. "That was a big deal to me," he explained. "It sounds better if you have a lighter center block because it makes the guitar resonate more. You want them to hear every note. It's also not as heavy to hold. We play four-hour gigs and a heavier guitar can give you shoulder damage."

In addition to working as Paul McCartney's touring lead guitarist since 2001, Anderson has worked with a number of well-known artists. You can hear his signature riffs on the recordings of Elton John, Joe Cocker, The Bangles, Neil Diamond, the Wallflowers, Sinéad O'Connor, Ricky Martin, Willie Nelson and dozens of others.

Still, it is his association with McCartney that has brought Anderson the most attention. "We've been together longer than the Beatles were together," he noted. As for what the band is called, Rusty said, "we lovingly call it 'Things,'" which sounds like homage to McCartney's previous band, Wings.

Today, when Rusty isn't touring with McCartney, he's working on original material. His single, "Effortless," went to number one on Sirius Radio, and was well received when he sang it at the launch party Thursday night.

"The experience of connecting with an audience with your own music is amazing, and very important to me," said Rusty. "I also love working with Paul, but it is a little tricky trying to do all of it, especially since I now have a two-year old daughter. You constantly have to pick priorities." Read more and check out photos here.

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