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We're impressed. Between the dark sunburst Adirondack Spruce top, the Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and the 12-fret neck, it's hard to tell which is more attractive. Of course when you put all three together, the result is more gorgeous than any one element--this 2004 Santa Cruz 12-Fret D sings like a throaty angel from another world.
Fingerstyle or with flatpicks, the voice is rich and expressive, but amazingly balanced for a Slope Dreadnought. The bass response is clean and well-defined, and doesn't dominate; great for fingerpicked vocal accompaniment or lead work where you're incorporated big chord voicings. This Slope D was originally commissioned by Chris Hillman himself, who requested a custom soft V neck carve and the sexily smoked sunburst. Every last detail, right down to the Grained Ivoroid bindings and Zigzag backstrip, is executed in fine style.
We're impressed. Between the dark sunburst Adirondack Spruce top, the Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and the 12-fret neck, it's hard to tell which is more attractive. Of course when you ...read full descriptionArtists who play instruments by this builder: Joan Baez, Dickey Betts, Norman Blake, Bob Brozman, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, Don Chapman, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, David Crosby, Steve Earle, Glen Frey, Bill Frisell, Colin Hay, Janis Ian, Dave Matthews, Brian May, Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy
"This is why I love Slope Shoulder Dreads: a little smoother in the trebles, a smidge rounder in the bass. The 12-fret neck places the bridge such that the Adirondack top is better activated, so there's extra warmth to fill in the voice. A hard one to put down." - Paul Heumiller
"I love this guitar. It's reminiscent of the earliest Martin dreadnoughts with a bit of a vintage Gibson vibe thrown in for good measure. It responds well to strumming, flatpicking, and fingerpicking, and is a perfect all-around guitar. The Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides is some of the best I've seen. Very tempting. " - Al Petteway