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Richard Hoover began building guitars and carved-top mandolins in 1972. By 1976 his focus was on the modern steel string guitar. The task of becoming a master at all aspects of guitar making is a lifelong pursuit, and Richard has patiently refined his craftsmanship and knowledge as his company has grown. It was and is Richard’s intent to translate his skills and sensitivities as an individual builder to an exceptional team of craftspeople, each of whom could become an expert in their specialty. Richard’s style of allowing his craftspeople to interpret his vision has propelled Santa Cruz Guitar Company to the forefront of modern guitar making.Each Santa Cruz guitar receives an extraordinary amount of individual attention due to our “bench style” of building, which necessitates that each worker not only perform his own specialty, but also review the work of those who have completed stages before him. Over half of all the instruments that we build are custom orders, reflecting to a high degree the personality and unique playing needs of the buyer. Every guitar top is graduated and tuned by hand to attain maximum resonance and sustain, ensuring a high level of consistency of sound within each standard model line as well as the ability for custom voicing. The balance, tone, volume, and response of a Santa Cruz guitar are established before the guitar is strung. By limiting the number of instruments built, we can practice a style of lutherie born from a genuine love of the guitar, as opposed to a production line approach that might favor greater numbers at the expense of our attention to detail.We believe that our approach ensures that every Santa Cruz guitar is exceptional. Our intent is to create a uniquely sophisticated instrument that will inspire and challenge its owner throughout a lifetime.
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2020 Santa Cruz 1934 OMG, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
The Santa Cruz 1934 OMG combines old world specs with modern design and playability. The results are fantastic on this 2020 build. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with old growth Adirondack Spruce top, extensive Abalone 42-style top trim, and a Flamed Mahogany neck with their low profile carve. The heelcap is a custom number with Brazilian Rosewood and an Abalone heart inlay. Gotoh tuners add a touch of modernity, ditto for the L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup, and this beauty comes wrapped up in a custom splatter paint job Calton flight case.
Other keywords: lutherie, scgc, fingerstyle, brazilain, adriondack, 335$17,510 Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2002 Santa Cruz VJ, Mahogany/Spruce
Get ready for the most intonated Santa Cruz you’ve ever seen. This 2002 Vintage Jumbo VJ model has been upfitted with a True Temper fingerboard by the fine folks at Texas Guitars, making this Santa Cruz perfect for the pitch perfectionist out there who needs their flattop to be spot on, every time. The VJ body is their take on the classic slope shoulder dreadnought design, here executed with Mahogany body and Spruce top, dark sunburst, and Ivoroid bindings. Throw in a Fishman Matrix pickup system, and you’re ready for juuuust about anything on this True Temper Santa Cruz VJ.
Here’s an additional video of Billy Presnell playing this Santa Cruz VJ: https://youtu.be/dPai2jKQdFg
Other keywords: 3661, lutherie, richard hoover, dreadnaught, true tempered, pich perfect, flat top$5,150 Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce, Maple - FlameAdd to Compare
2012 Santa Cruz 1934D, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
The Santa Cruz 1934D: modern playability, prewar power and presence. This premium model mirrors the original herringbone dreadnought with Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce, hide glue construction throughout, and Ivoroid bindings and Waverly tuners. Herringbone trim pairs up with a dalmatian pickguard plus enlarged soundhole.
The voice is rich, rich, rich—with great clarity and definition to make that richness ring out in full technicolor glory.
Check out this additional demo with three-time National Flatpicking Champion Allen Shadd!: https://youtu.be/ORrBlz4-QHM
Here’s an additional demo with local flatpick powerhouse Will Saylor: https://youtu.be/ERkDnB9zP3I.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, 6520, bluegrass, dreadnought, brazilain, allen shadd, flatpickingSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.25 in Nut Width 1.719 in String Spacing 2.19 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2019 Santa Cruz 1934D, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
Richard Hoover and co at the Santa Cruz Guitar Company are here to bring about the prewar ideal in modern times with this their 1934D model. This beauty is designed to recreate the classic herringbone dread with Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce, hide glue construction throughout, and Ivoroid bindings to boot. Herringbone trim package throughout, Dalmatian pickguard, and an enlarged soundhole. Waverly tuners round it all out. The voice is very balanced, well rounded and mixes up great for strumming, with an even balance and response for just about everything else.
Here’s an additional demo with flatpick firestorm Will Saylor: https://youtu.be/qoROq3S9Ew4.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, 7310, bluegrass, dreadnought, brazilain, allen shadd, flatpickingSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.25 in Nut Width 1.688 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2008 Santa Cruz Tony Rice Pro, Brazilian Rosewood/European Spruce
Take a great dreadnought and add time, and you get a power player like this 2008 Santa Cruz Tony Rice Pro. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with European Spruce top and enlarged soundhole, 25.25″ scale, herringbone appointments, and a slender neck plus 1 11/16″ nut width. The voice is quick and crisp, mixes up great across the registers, and has heads of headroom. This particular SCGC TR Professional was customized with Adirondack Spruce bracing and hide glue construction, plus nickel Waverly tuners. This guitar was originally spec’d out with a Brazilian Rosewood set from then production manager Dan Roberts, and the top is french polished. This beauty came about no longer after Tony’s personal guitar was built in 2007.
Other keywords: richard hoover, dreadnaught, bluegrass, 5577rp, brazilainSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.25 in Nut Width 1.688 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - European, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2013 Santa Cruz 00~Skye, Cocobolo/Adirondack Spruce
We love it when a small bodied instrument packs a big bodied sound. Enter: our 2013 Santa Cruz 00~Skye. Great headroom for a pick, plus clear note separation for fingerstyle, makes for a very versatile instrument. Cocobolo back and sides and Adirondack Spruce top: warmth and power. These guitars have a wider fingerboard with a 1 13/16″ nut, short 24.9″ scale setup, herringbone trim, and slotted headstock. Eric Skye did well to collaborate with Richard Hoover on this signature line.
Other keywords: richard hoover, signature guitar, 663, fingerstyle, jazzSOLD Read more
Scale Length 24.9 in Nut Width 1.813 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - CocoboloAdd to Compare
2019 Santa Cruz Vintage Southerner, Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce
Santa Cruz’s Vintage Southerner is quick, lively, and oh so fun to play. Richard Hoover and co take inspiration from the Gibson J-45, the Epiphone Texan, as well as their own VA model, for this slope shoulder powerhouse. Mahogany back and sides are here upgraded with Adirondack Spruce on top and hide glue construction, plus Adirondack brace stock. A tasty sunburst, rectangular bridge, and Ivoroid bindings make for a classic aesthetic. The setup is easy on the hands with a 24 3/4” scale and 1 11/16” nut, plus this one has had a strap button installed at the heel so you can strap up into it and maintain good posture. This SCGC VS comes to us from 2019 and is in excellent playing shape, ready for more action.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, bluegrass, ameritage, scgc, dreadnaught, allen shadd, 7547SOLD Read more
Scale Length 24.75 in Nut Width 1.688 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), MahoganyAdd to Compare
2011 Santa Cruz F, Brazilian Rosewood/Bearclaw Italian Spruce
Cream of the crop, with sweet froth on top and a caramel center—our 2011 Santa Cruz F is a delight for hands, eyes, and ears. We love the balance between bass and treble registers, and the lively, energetic quality that comes out under a flatpick; and the unwound strings cut quickly and smoothly through the mix. The bass register is warm and present, but plays nicely with the mids and top end, making it a powerful fingerstyle guitar (we tested it in DADGAD and C9, purely for science. It’s wide awake and very expressive down there). On the tonewoods front, we’ve got the tip top of the top shelf here: 90-year-old Bearclaw Italian Spruce on top, old growth Brazilian Rosewood back and sides (harvested in 1930; their oldest and best). All bound in Flamed Koa with gold Gotoh Delta tuners to set it off. Adirondack braced top, hide glue construction throughout.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, ameritage, scgc, 1125, richard hoover, fingerpickingSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Italian, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2016 Santa Cruz D/PW, Indian Rosewood/German Spruce
Built in 2016, and it’s woken up handsomely in the intervening years—this Santa Cruz D/PW Prewar is a great example of Richard Hoover’s team’s prowess at bringing prewar dreadnought details to a modern build. Indian Rosewood back and sides pair up with German Spruce on top for a bit more smoothness and warmth in the voice (especially in the trebles, sweet and round). Grained Ivoroid bindings, Santa Cruz’s open back tuners in nickel, and herringbone top trim for a classic reimagining of the D-28s of years gone by.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, 7076, bluegrass, ameritage, scgc, dreadnaught, allen shadd, eirSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.688 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - German, Rosewood - IndianAdd to Compare
2011 Santa Cruz D, Indian Rosewood/Carpathian Spruce
Clean energy under the hood with this gorgeous 2011 Santa Cruz D. Quick and powerful voice with a balanced response sensitive enough for fingerpicking and also packing plenty of headroom for more aggressive flatpicking attacks. Straight lace Indian Rosewood back and sides plus Carpathian Spruce top, Ivoroid bindings, and a half satin neck plus 1 11/16” nut for a fast experience for the left hand.
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Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.68 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Spruce - Carpathian, Rosewood - IndianAdd to Compare
2018 Santa Cruz 000, Walnut/Moonspruce
Such a treat, playing this expressive and energetic 000 from Santa Cruz. 12 frets to the body with Moonspruce on top and Walnut back and sides, plus a slick setup that feels great for just about anything, straight fingerstyle, hybrid picking, strumming and flatpicking too. Solid dynamic range across the registers, with a quick response that makes fiddle tunes ring out well indeed. This beauty was built in 2018, but already has a wide awake and engaging voice—snag this ticket to ride and hold on!
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, 5514, bluegrass, ameritage, richard hoover, scgcSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Moonspruce, WalnutAdd to Compare
2019 Santa Cruz OM, All-Mahogany “The Tree”
If there’s one thing that binds together all of The Tree guitars we’ve seen, it’s clarity and power. This 2019 OM from Richard Hoover and co at Santa Cruz is no exception—more so since the entire body is built with heavily quilted The Tree Mahogany! The top is braced with Adirondack Spruce, hide glue construction throughout, and Brazilian Rosewood bindings and rosette for added class. Such a beauty; you’ll want to handle this OM in raking light so you can best see the chatoyance of the woodgrain—its three dimensionality is mesmerizing.
Ready to have an heirloom instrument with some of the most distinct tonewoods known to humankind? Look no further!
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, fingerstyle, ameritage, modern guitar, mahagony, the-tree, adriondackSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Mahogany - The Tree, Mahogany - The TreeAdd to Compare
1995 Santa Cruz D 45-Style, Brazilian Rosewood/German Spruce
A real powerhouse is a thing that comes in time. And this 45-style Model D from Santa Cruz, which hails all the way from 1995, is precisely that. Elegant and powerful, with excellent balance across the registers. This Dread plays so smoothly, you can lean on the gas or step it back and this one keeps up just fine. The 45-style treatment is simply stunning from tuners to tail, all done in dark Abalone plus a gorgeous torch inlaid at the headstock with the SCGC logo snuck into the center. Play feel is silky smooth and easy on both hands; we even like playing this one with light gauge strings when it first came in (we’ve since replaced them with mediums). On the tonewood front, the back and sides are dramatically figured Brazilian Rosewood, and the Santa Cruz team topped this D with German Spruce, which isn’t something we see every day. We think that contributes in part to the smooth quality to the trebles here. This is a masterwork from Santa Cruz that we’re more than excited to offer to you.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, 1339, bluegrass, dreadnaught, 45 style, brazilain, al pettewaySOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - German, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2019 Santa Cruz OM Custom, The Tree Mahogany/Tunnel 13 Redwood
Here’s a special treat. We’ve landed a 2019 Santa Cruz Custom that’s outfitted with the top shelf of the top shelf woods from tuner to tail: The Tree Mahogany body with Tunnel 13 Redwood top; Brazilian Rosewood bindings, appointments, headplate; Waverly tuners with Snakewood buttons. The result is fantastic, proof that the fox at Santa Cruz are working on the top of their game. The voice is very smooth and balanced, with added darkness and color in the bass and mids for an enveloping flavor. There’s a lot of projection packed away under the hood, especially for an OM-sized guitar, and the setup is effortless to boot.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, fingerstyle, ameritage, modern guitar, mahagony, the-tree, 5584SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Redwood - Tunnel 13, Mahogany - The TreeAdd to Compare
2019 Santa Cruz D12, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
More of these, please! This D12 from the fine team at Santa Cruz is a wonderfully dynamic guitar, equally at home with fingerstyle and flatpicking. The voice has great balance and power, plus a meaty top end that really pumps out and away from the soundhole. It’s still pretty new from 2019, but already the voice is rich and open—especially impressive considering the Adirondack Spruce top, which is still opening up! 12 frets to the body, on a figured Maple neck, warms everything up for added sweetness, and this beauty was custom ordered with a 1 7/8” nut for an extra comfortable playing experience for the lefthand. The body boasts a lovely set of flitch-sawn Brazilian Rosewood with dramatic figure and dark brown coloration throughout. Ivoroid bindings, plus herringbone trim, round it all out.
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Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.875 in String Spacing 2.313 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2012 Santa Cruz 00~Skye, Cocobolo/Adirondack Spruce
Eric Skye and Santa Cruz—would could be finer than such a collaboration? Portland’s Jazz phenom worked together with Richard Hoover to bring the world their signature 00~Skye model, a powerhouse 00 built with Cocobolo and Adirondack Spruce, 12-fret neck for added warmth, and 24.9” scale for fat, juicy trebles. The body on this 2012 number is subtly deeper to enhance the bass pop (which it has in spades); we love playing this little gem in a wide range of fingerstyle settings. Soft V neck plus a silky smooth setup make for an effortless playing experience, and the petite dimensions kept this guitar in our arms for long periods of time. It definitely had an impact on our productivity, but we consider it a worthwhile price to pay, in order to play such a sweet Santa Cruz.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, acoustic jazz, ameritage, adriondack, scgc, 00 Skye, cocaboloSOLD Read more
Scale Length 24.9 in Nut Width 1.81 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - Cocobolo