Santa Cruz H13 Ghost Model, African Blackwood & Ancient Sitka Spruce
Nicknamed the "Ghost" model, Santa Cruz's delightful yet powerful small-bodied H13 here sports an interesting set of tonewoods: ancient Sitka spruce and African blackwood. Though it may be ecologically friendly, as no living tree was cut down, head luthier Richard Hoover is quick to caution that ancient Sitka is a limited resource. While it's available, though, he's crafting guitars like this one that take advantage of its rare tonal characteristics. African blackwood is touted by some as being as good, if not better, than Brazilian rosewood. Each note on this guitar comes out crisp and clean, but resonates with a dark complexity.
Befitting such a special guitar, the appointments are uncommon and exquisite: snakewood binding, buttons, rosette, and fretboard inlays, with a light cowboy rope purfling.
- Soundboard: Ancient Sitka spruce
- Back and sides: African blackwood
- Neck: Mahogany with V profile
- Fretboard: Ebony with snakewood century blocks
- Tuners: Gold Waverly with snakewood buttons
- Peghead veneer: Snakewood
- Pickguard: Tortoise
- Rosette: Snakewood
- Purfling: Cowboy rope
- Back strip: Style 29
- Body binding: Snakewood
- Bridge: Snakewood
- Pins: Bone
- Nut, saddle and pins material: Bone
- Saddle type: Drop-in, compensated
- Brace pattern: H13 scalloped/tapered X, Adirondack spruce
- Scale length: 25.375"
- Nut width: 1-3/4"
- String spacing: 2-3/16"
- Lower bout width/depth: 14.625" / 5"
- Serial number: 1793
- Case: Ameritage
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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.