Santa Cruz 1934 D, Mahogany & Old Growth German Spruce


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"This isn’t ‘like the old stuff.’ It is the old stuff. These rarified materials give us the foundation for a true and genuine vintage sound." - Santa Cruz Guitar Company

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.

  • Model: 1934 Dreadnought
  • Top: Old-growth German spruce
  • Back and sides: Master-grade mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany with V profile
  • Bracing: Scalloped advanced X with hot hide glue
  • Scale length: 25-1/4"
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Finish: Vintage varnish tint, nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Tuners: Waverly nickel w/ oval buttons
  • Pickguard: Dalmatian
  • Serial number: 7644
  • Year of build: 2021


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Santa Cruz 1934 D, Mahogany & Old Growth German Spruce
Modern refinement meets time-test vintage quality on this replica of a pre-war mahogany dreadnought
This guitar might not have been constructed before WWII, but old-growth German spruce and mahogany cut down back in the 1930s have been aging since then
A Vintage Varnish Tint and a very thin nitrocellulose lacquer protect and enhance the sound, as well as recreate the desired look

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company

Founded by Richard Hoover in 1976, the Santa Cruz Guitar Company brought boutique guitar making to the forefront of the steel string guitar business. With the aim of developing a true custom shop, a small team in the hills of Santa Cruz, California, build around 400 ‘heirloom quality’ instruments every year.

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