Santa Cruz OM, Quilted Sapele & Carpathian Spruce


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Back in the 1980s, Santa Cruz was one of the first companies to reintroduce the versatile, classic Orchestra Model, taking elements of the old pre-war Martin OMs and refining them into something all their own. Sapele is a sustainable tonewood that is gaining popularity, not just for its beautiful, tight figuring but also for its tonal similarity to Honduran mahogany - that is to say, midrange focused, woody, and full-bodied. The top is Carpathian spruce, which sits just a notch below Adirondack on the stiffness scale. Though quite similar, it takes less time to open up and achieve a richer, played-in tone. In keeping with tradition, Adirondack bracing and hot hide glue construction further recreate that classic OM sound. This SCGC OM is like a souped up OM-18, and its powerful, woody voice is an excellent choice for the flatpicker who prefers a medium-sized guitar.

  • Body: OM
  • Top: Carpathian spruce
  • Back and sides: Quilted sapele
  • Bracing: Scalloped Adirondack w/ hot hide glue
  • Scale length: 25.375"
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Rosette: Sapele
  • Headstock overlay: Sapele
  • End pins: Bone
  • Serial number: 5840
  • Year of build: 2021


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Key Features

Santa Cruz OM, Quilted Sapele & Carpathian Spruce
Santa Cruz was one of the first companies to revive the pre-war OM back in the 1980s
Sapele is a sustainable, and beautiful, alternative to Honduran mahogany, providing many of the same tonal qualities
Minimal, vintage-inspired appointments keep the focus on the beauty of the tonewoods

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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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