This Santa Cruz OM Custom features a gorgeous set of Sapele Mahogany for the back and sides with a Moon Spruce top.
In the 1920s, the Orchestra Model was originally intended to be a large guitar capable of being heard over other orchestral instruments, hence the OM name. Although it fit the bill, its relatively large body was soon eclipsed by the mighty dreadnought. Fortunately, the OM had secured its place in history as a powerful and versatile voice for public performance. Santa Cruz was among the first modern builders to reintroduce this now smaller bodied favorite at the beginning of the Eighties. Our practice of combining the most desirable attributes of old and new, rather than copying, made for a very successful introduction of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to a whole new audience. With some irony, this acclaim encouraged the venerable originator of the OM to reintroduce the model to their line. Eric Clapton’s historic performance on the debut of MTV Unplugged set us on a course for another 25 years of success with this now perennial favorite.
The OM is delightfully versatile. Our OM players range from blazing flat picker James Nash to John Mayer and Elvis Costello. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company OM provides clean, loud mid-range and trebles that are complimented by a slightly predominant bass. Deeply appreciated for fingerstyle and contemporary flat picking work, the OM is our number one request.
- Sapele back sides
- Moon Spruce top
- Adirondack bracing with hot hide glue
- Koa body, neck and peghead binding
- Koa rosette
- Purfle combo top border
- Buffed neck
- 25.375" scale length
- Ebony fingerboard
- 'V' shape neck profile with volute
- Waverly Nickel (4060) tuners
- Tortoise shell pickguard
- 1 3/4" nut width
- Regular 2 3/16" string spacing
- 21 frets (14 fret neck join)
- Includes hard shell case