Comparison: Santa Cruz 1934 D Mahogany vs Brazilian Rosewood

Comparing these two Santa Cruz 1934 D models isn't quite apples to apples, as both top woods and back and side woods are different.

But having two variants of the same very specially crafted model seemed like a great opportunity to compare the potential tonal range of the design. So we set Adirondack spruce and Brazilian rosewood against old growth German spruce and mahogany.

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Pre-war dreadnoughts are among the most sought after guitars around, and the competition to recreate the magic of those instruments is fierce. Santa Cruz has come as close as possible with their 1934 D model, which uses old-growth German spruce as well as mahogany cut in the 1930s, fitted together with time-tested hide glue construction. And because they're Santa Cruz, they've also used modern techniques and a refined system of voicing to further optimize the potential of this venerable design and these well-aged woods. Availability is limited on this model due to the rarity of the materials. If you're after that dry, rumbling, played-in D-18 sound, look no further.

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The now-legendary herringbone dreadnought was first released in 1934, and stands as one of the most highly sought after acoustic guitars of all time, especially among bluegrass flatpickers. This is for good reason, as the combination of forward-shifted scalloped X bracing and Brazilian rosewood made for a powerful bass response and huge volume.


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