Santa Cruz H13, White Ebony & Moon Spruce


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Santa Cruz's H model is named for Paul Hostetter, described as "the guardian of the lore of all things vintage and stringed", who commissioned the very first Gibson-inspired H model prototype back in 1978. The thought behind the H13 design is fascinating, so we'll let Santa Cruz do the talking:

"SCGC’s concept for the H13 is to achieve power beyond what would be expected in a small-bodied guitar. Two fundamental lutherie tricks make this possible: a longer string length (more downward pressure at the saddle) and more air space via a deeper body (increased volume and bass response). To place the bridge in the optimal position for power and maintain the longer string length, the neck needs to join the body at the 13th fret. Cool, huh? This is a gorgeous classic with power and presence expected from a much larger instrument."

The unusual combination of white ebony and moon spruce offers up a unique tone, a little bit gutsy in the bass, but with a nice, clean attack and sweet but not overwhelming sustain in the mids and highs. In place of mahogany, they've used figured maple for the neck, furthering the scheme of lights and darks.

  • Body: H, 13-fret
  • Top: Moon spruce
  • Back and sides: White ebony
  • Neck: Maple
  • Tuners: Waverly Nickel
  • Rosette and purfling: Custom wood
  • Bridge: Ebony, pyramid
  • Saddle: Bone, drop in, compensated
  • Brace pattern: H13 scalloped/tapered
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • String spacing: 2-3/16"
  • Scale length: 25.375"
  • Lower bout: 14.625"
  • Depth: 5"
  • Serial number: 1784
  • Case: Ameritage hardshell


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Key Features

Santa Cruz H13, White Ebony & Moon Spruce
The H13 design maximizes the sonic potential of the small-bodied guitar by adding depth and retaining a full scale length
Beautifully striped white ebony and moon spruce pair together for a tone that's a little bit gutsy in the bass, with a nice, clean attack and sweet but not overwhelming sustain in the mids and highs
Minimalist appointments, like a simple custom wood rosette and purfling and black binding, perfectly accent this guitar's stark, unusual beauty

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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.

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