(Serial No. 3947) Very clean guitar. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company was one of the earliest boutique guitar builders. Richard Hoover started building guitars around 1968, when information on the topic was hard to find. By 1976, Hoover, along with William Davis and Bruce Ross, started the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to offer custom instruments to players who weren’t getting the quality or type of instruments they needed. The Model D-12 was originally built by Santa Cruz for Norman Blake. The 12 fret neck moves the bridge closer to the center of the vibrating surface, increasing power and responsiveness. The top, bracing and large 4.25 inch sound hole deliver presence throughout the instrument’s range. This has a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge, herringbone top binding, unbound mahogany neck with a slotted peghead, ebony peghead overlay with mother of pearl Santa Cruz logo inlaid, 25.375 inch scale length and 1 3/4 inch nut, width. It also has nickel plated Waverly tuners, a bone nut and bone saddle. There is very little playing wear - anything that looks like an imperfection is likely a photo error. There is not even a strap buttton at the heel. Very powerful dreadnaught that will work well for bluegrass, but will play other music equally well. Good neck set, neck is straight, frets are fine. Comes with the original hard case.
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