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Six Sensational Santa Cruz Guitars Arrive!

It couldn't be anything short of a truly great day when a whole host fresh boxes bearing the Santa Cruz Guitar Company legend find their way to our showroom, and when this stunning collection of new additions arrived the day was transformed into exactly that!

In amongst what may well be the finest collection of new Santa Cruz Guitars we have received to date, we see an assortment of the well known and much loved models we couldn't wait to bring in more of, some very special custom pieces and even models brand new to us here at TNAG.

All together the magnificent work of Richard Hoover and his team has continued to blow us all away, and we are very excited indeed to be able to share these brand new exquisite pieces with you now.

Here's a closer look at our gorgeous new SCGC guitars;

This is well and truly one of the finest instruments we've seen in our time representing Santa Cruz Guitars, built to an unbelievable specification with a selection of the rarest and most beautiful tone woods and materials available. 

As a special build for the 2020 Winter NAMM Show, Richard Hoover and his team really pulled out all the stops with this magical OM. Sporting an out-of-this-world set of Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides paired with a jaw-dropping 3,000 year old Ancient Sitka Spruce top and Blue Paua detailing throughout, there's little about this stunning piece that will fail to mesmerise. 

The exquisite makeup of the instrument yields equally captivating tones, with the telltale chime and gorgeous overtones from the remarkable set of Brazilian meeting a crystal clear and articulate feel across the range of the guitar. The low end is strong and defined with an overall balance to the tone that makes for an exceptional and inspiring instrument for a wide range of playing styles. 

This is a true one-of-a-kind masterpiece from Santa Cruz! 

  • Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Top: 3,000 Year Old Ancient Sitka Spruce
  • Neck: Flamed Mahogany
  • Adirondack Braces with Hot Hide Glue
  • 42 Style Body Inlay in Blue Paua
  • Blue Paua Tail and Back Strip
  • Brazilian Body Binding
  • Blue Baua Pegged Binding Inlay 
  • Blue Paua Fingerboard Binding
  • Mother of Pearl Headstock Logo
  • Nickel Waverly Tuners with Pearl Buttons

The Brad Paisley Signature Model Dreadnought from Santa Cruz is a genuine flat pickers dream and complete powerhouse acoustic. 

Taking its roots in the SCGC Pre-War Dreadnought model, the Brad Paisley Signature is a refined and well thought out iteration built to combine the iconic vintage dreadnought sound with something versatile enough to serve Brads varied back catalogue and collaborations. 

In a stunning set of Indian Rosewood paired with a gorgeous Bearclaw Euro Spruce top, the amalgamation of practicality, sustainability and striking visuals is brought together in a manner indicative of the exceptional work Richard Hoover and his team so consistently deliver and Brad's own refined and distinctive taste. 

The resulting instrument is utterly compelling, with a strong and well balanced voice sporting a substantial bass response and stunning clarity, the guitar is idyllic for a range of flat picking styles whilst remaining articulate enough under less right-hand attack to deliver chiming detail in a finger style context. Perfect for any singer-songwriter! 

  • Brad Paisley Signature Model (BPW 7560)
  • Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood back/sides
  • Top: Bear Claw European Spruce
  • Adirondack bracing with hot hide glue
  • Back Stripe: Zipper
  • Body Binding: Ivoroid
  • Side Purfling: None
  • Rosette: Violin Purfle Combo
  • Purfling: Herringbone
  • Bracing: Scalloped/Advanced X
  • Soundhole: 4″
  • Neck Peghead: Solid Square
  • Peghead Binding None
  • Overlay: Material Ebony
  • Headstock: Inlay Custom Cowboy Hat
  • Scale Length: 25.375
  • Other V with volute
  • Fingerboard Inlays :SCGC at 5th Fret
  • Width at Nut: 1-3/4″
  • Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16
  • F-Board Binding: Black
  • Side Dots: White
  • Setup Pickguard Tortoise
  • Strings Mediums
  • Action 3/2
  • Gears Nickel Waverly
  • Bridge Spacing Regular, 2-3/16″
  • Pick-Up Optional
  • Case Custom Paisley Case
  • Label BP to sign label

The Custom D is Santa Cruz's take on the iconic Dreadnought model, with the powerful high-headroom response and substantial low end one would expect, coupled with a touch more detail and balance than most traditional style builds.

In Mahogany and Adirondack, the makeup of this gorgeous instrument couldn't be more classic, only accentuated by the grade of the tone woods in question. The Mahogany sports charming figuring down the centre with Abalone detailing in the top, rosette and fretboard lending an elegance to the instrument amidst its solid, workhorse feel. 

Sonically, there is of course a wealth of volume and projection to the guitar, with a subtle blend of vintage and contemporary voicing that makes for a deeply versatile instrument. What really sets apart the SCGC Custom D is the balance and clarity across the midrange and trebles, working with the rich bass response to produce a full and rounded tone that will easily drive a mix. 

The playability is of course superb, with an immediacy to the left-hand feel that makes for a very engaging guitar to play. The 1 11/16" nut width makes for a comfortable and easy platform for chord voicings and lead lines and all through the board the guitar remains lively and precise. 

  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Top: Adirondack Spruce
  • Bracing: Adirondack bracing
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Back Strip: Thin black back strip
  • Inlays: 42 style fingerboard inlays
  • Bracing/Voicing: Tapered
  • Neck Peghead: Solid Square
  • Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
  • Overlay Material: Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: SCGC
  • Width at Nut: 1-11/16
  • Neck Shape: Round Barrel
  • Fingerboard: Side Dots Black
  • Inlay: 2mm dots
  • Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Scale Length: 25.375
  • Tuners/gears: Nickel Waverly
 

This exquisite instrument from Santa Cruz Guitars is their OM Custom model acoustic guitar in Flamed Koa and Italian Spruce. 

As one would expect from Richard Hoover and his team, the nuance and detail in this custom model is absolutely extraordinary with a distinct blend of classic features and high end appointments in line with the finest in contemporary luthierie. 

Sustainable and remarkable woods lie at the core of every Santa Cruz build, and in this particular instrument the natural beauty of its construction makes it a truly wonderful example of this ethos in action. The Flamed Koa of the back and sides is outrageously figured, with the striking, clean visuals of the Italian Spruce top providing a stark counterpoint and detailed purfling to meet the two. 

Sonically, the guitar treads a line between something intrinsically timeless and versatile and the distinctive depth that sets these instruments apart. Being an OM, the balance of the guitar makes it applicable for a range of styles and tunings, with the Koa adding a sweetness and warmth to the midrange with a stunning response and touch sensitive dynamics. 

The guitar plays beautifully with an exceptionally comfortable slim neck carve and low action right out of the case, with clear note separation and articulation across the strings. 

  • Back & Sides: Flamed Koa
  • Top: Italian Spruce
  • Rosette: Koa
  • Top Purfling: S29
  • Back Stripe: Zipper
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bracing/Voicing: Scalloped
  • Neck: Peghead Solid Square
  • Headstock Inlay: SCGC
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Neck Shape: V with Volute
  • Fingerboard: Side Dots Black
  • With at 14th Fret: 2-3/16
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Scale Length: 25.375
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly 

This show-stopping OM Custom from Santa Cruz Guitars is an absolute masterclass in detailed craftsmanship, superb feel and distinctive, inspired tonality all culminating in what can only be described as a truly beautiful instrument.  

Earning every letter of the word Custom that befits it's title, this OM sports a breathtaking 3,000 year old Ancient Sitka Spruce top paired with a tightly figured Quilted Sapele back and sides, Ivoroid bound and detailed with charming Cowboy Rope Purfling around the top to set the whole affair off. 

However the guitar is more than just visually mesmerising. The sonic character it imparts is detailed, rich and sure to move both player and listener. Inherently balanced, this OM Custom has a strong and controlled bass response matched by well defined trebles and a distinctly vintage feel to the midrange. The overall blend brings together the best of classic and contemporary tones and works wonders for fingerstyle and flatpicked approaches alike. 

The playability is everything we so consistently adore from Richard Hoover and his team, with an exceedingly comfortable profile and crystal clear separation all the way through to to upper registers of the board making for an effortless and engaging playing experience. 

  • Custom OM Model (OM 5723)
  • Quilted Sapele back/sides
  • Ancient Sitka Spruce top (3,000 years old)
  • Adirondack bracing with hot hide glue
  • Sapele rosette
  • Cowboy rope top purfling
  • Sapele overlay
  • Thin black back strip
  • SCGC logo on fingerboard
  • Custom fade on back/sides with overlay to match
  • Width at Nut 1-3/4"
  • Neck Shape V with Volute
  • Fingerboard Side Dots Black
  • Inlay 2mm dots
  • Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16
  • Binding Ivoroid
  • Scale Length 25.375
  • Tuners/gears Nickel Waverly 

This gorgeous instrument from Santa Cruz is a stellar example of their Firefly Model, in a fantastic set of Indian Rosewood paired with a Cedar top. 

Effectively stylised as a 'Mini-Jumbo', the firefly boasts a feel and tone you'd be hard pressed to believe possible from its stature and shorter 24" scale length. With an elastic and immediately comfortable feel under the left hand paired with an exceptionally rich and overtone laden output, the Firefly has a voice very much its own.

The detailed craftsmanship delivers the nuanced and exacting standards of Richard Hoover and his team with elegant blue details in the Purfling and Rosette of the guitar. 

The voice of the instrument certainly cannot be understated. The Firefly is plenty loud and sits wonderfully in a mix amidst larger bodied instruments, offering a warm and well rounded tone with a hint of parlour-esque punch in the midrange. 

The Firefly comes in a fitted, Santa Cruz branded, Ameritage Hardcase. 

  • Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top: Cedar
  • Back Stripe: S29 
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Custom blue rosette/top purfling
  • Bracing/Voicing: Scalloped
  • Neck: Peghead Firefly
  • Peghead Binding: I/B/I
  • Overlay Material: Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: SCGC
  • Width at Nut: 1-11/16″
  • Neck Shape: Round
  • Fingerboard: Side Dots Black
  • Inlay: 2mm dots
  • Width at 14th Fret: 2 1/8″
  • Binding: I/B/I
  • Scale Length: 24″
  • Finish Top: Clear
  • Tuners/gears: Chrome Mini Gotoh 510
For any more info on Santa Cruz Guitars, please don't hesitate to get in touch either via email at hello@thenorthamericanguitar.com or by phone on +44 (0) 207 835 5597. 

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