Instrument Details

1989 Santa Cruz Tony Rice Brazilian Rosewood/Sitka Spruce
$7,205 $6,995
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Specs
Status
In Stock
Brand
Santa Cruz
Product Year
1989
Model
Tony Rice
Serial #
D419R
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4745
Condition
Neck reset and fresh setup by our very own repair staff! Typical light play wear, two top cracks cleated by our staff. Please note, a Rosewood strap button has replaced the nickel one shown in the photos.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Soft
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Herringbone
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ivoroid
Fret Markers
Santa Cruz Logo at 12th & 13th Fret
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Grained Ivoroid
Tuners
Grover
Tuner Finish
Chrome
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
L.R. Baggs Anthem
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11.25 in
Lower Bout
15.5 in
Body Depth Heel
3.625 in
Body Depth Tail
4.75 in
Scale Length
25.44 in
Scale Length (mm)
646.2 mm
Nut Width
1.69 in
Nut Width (mm)
42.9 mm
String Spacing
2.19 in
String Spacing (mm)
55.6 mm
Weight
4 lb. 8 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - TKL
Description

What happens when you put one of the world's foremost acoustic flatpickers and a present day grand master of American guitar building in the same room? A little something like the Tony Rice signature model from Santa Cruz Guitar Company. Richard Hoover and Tony Rice began collaborating on a guitar for Tony as early as 1978, and by 1989 the Tony Rice model was born: Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, 25.4" scale, 1 11/16" nut.


Santa Cruz later split the model into two versions, the Tony Rice and Tony Rice Pro, but this original from 1989 has matching specs to the upgraded version. The top has tinted to a sexy amber, and after nearly 30 years of music tucked away between its braces this SCGC Tony Rice is fully opened up and packs a wallop (or two) across the registers. Solo lead work in the style of this guitar's namesake sound crisp and clear, with a punchy fundamental, and various chord voicings for accompaniment sound rich but articulate all across the fretboard--intonation is top-notch. We've just brought this piece of Bluegrass glory back to peak playing condition, too, so it's ready to keep making music for another 30 years at least! The saddle has lots of height, and the setup is dialed in like a machinist's caliper. Interested? Give us a ring!


Check out our additional demo with our very own Al Petteway: https://youtu.be/DnFazb8bx8M

Here’s a Tony Rice model from the early days of his collaboration with Santa Cruz, before the separate Tony Rice Pro model. Thus, it has all the pro features including Brazilian Rosewood and the voices completely immature and awake thanks to years of play. Most recently, it was owned by a great friend of the shop who put a lot of love and music through the guitar, so it’s ready for you and your music now.
 
I've always liked this particular model. It's patterned after Tony's guitar (previously owned by Clarence White) that had its soundhole enlarged. This one has the feel and projection of an old Martin dreadnought with lots of clarity and cutting mids that help emphasize solo lead playing.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.44 in
NUT WIDTH 1.69 in
STRING SPACING 2.19 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

What happens when you put one of the world's foremost acoustic flatpickers and a present day grand master of American guitar building in the same room? A little something like the Tony Rice signature model from Santa Cruz Guitar Company.
 

Here’s a Tony Rice model from the early days of his collaboration with Santa Cruz, before the separate Tony Rice Pro model. Thus, it has all the pro features including Brazilian Rosewood and the voices completely immature and awake thanks to years of play.
 
I've always liked this particular model. It's patterned after Tony's guitar (previously owned by Clarence White) that had its soundhole enlarged.
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