Santa Cruz Vintage Artist

$8,405.00

Santa Cruz Vintage Artist – This is an absolutely stunning Santa Cruz with mahogany back and sides and an Adirondack Spruce top. Scalloped forward bracing with hot hide glue, Herringbone purfling, a 1 11/16″ bone nut, 2 3/16″, string spacing, a 25.375″scale, Nickel Waverly tuners and a Brazilian Rosewood overlay are just some of the appointments that will make this guitar turn some heads. It’s tone is like a D18 on steroids. With amazing punchy mids you’d expect from a mahogany guitar, it also has smooth lows and crystal clear highs. This guitar sounds great strummed, flatpicked or fingerpicked.

Doc Watson, who owned the prototype of the Vintage Artist, said, “This is the Dreadnought I’ve been looking for all my life.” In 1991, Richard Hoover collaborated with vintage experts to identify the most desirable qualities of the iconic Pre-War D-18. Maestro Watson’s contributions to the concept were born of an appreciation of the clarity of Mahogany’s tone and his requirements for playability. At the time, Doc had put as many hours into Rockabilly on a Les Paul as he had on the Dreadnought. His lack of preoccupation with a particular vintage model played perfectly with SCGC’s philosophy to ‘combine, not copy.’ After Doc’s test pilot duties on the prototype, he offered this thoughtful testimonial: “Son, what do I have to do to keep this guitar?”

The guitar pictured is the exact instrument that is for sale. All instruments are available at our store showroom in Warrenton, Virginia, and are set up to the buyer’s personal specifications including restringing with any string of their choice at no additional charge upon purchase. All instruments are guaranteed to be packed safely and freshly set up per your specifications. Please email or call and we’d be happy to provide an in-hand description of the instrument and answer any questions you have.

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