Santa Cruz D-12 Fret Dreadnought Acoustic #6867 - Used  From Santa Cruz

A gorgeous, pre-loved 12-fret dread from Santa Cruz! 

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What We Think

Condition: Used, Good

I'm a Norman Blake nut, I'll admit it. I've learned dozens of his tunes and solos, even the inconsequential ones. This guitar comes so darned close to achieving that golden Blake tone and feel, that I put it on the highest hanger in the showroom, so I wouldn't pull it off the wall and play it every chance I got. Man, this is one fine instrument. Huge lush throaty tone, like a big warm hug from a wooden bear. Santa Cruz nailed the aesthetics on this one too, it's got all that classic country understatement associated with old Martins. Handles fingerstyle exquisitely, too.

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

Legendary artist and first call session ace, Norman Blake, has long appreciated the power and sensitivity of the original dreadnought design with 12 frets clear of the body. SCGC’s prototype D-12 Model was commissioned to showcase Norman’s playing style by adding clarity and sustain for an articulate response to the flat pick. Building a guitar with 12 frets clear of the body creates more air volume, which allows greater amplitude and sustain. The hand tuned X-bracing insures increased bass response, while the top voicing and 4-1/4 inch sound hole size combine to achieve great presence in all ranges. This eliminates the tendency of the traditional dreadnought towards boominess at the expense of midrange and treble. The controlled integrity of Mahogany sides and back impart clarity and definition to the guitar’s complex acoustic presence. The D-12’s sheer volume, complexity and incredible sustain make it a truly inspiring stage partner.
 
 
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About Manufacturer

Interested in building your custom Santa Cruz with us? Email us at acoustics@soundpure.com, or call us at (919) 682-5552! Richard Hoover began building guitars and carved-top mandolins in 1972. By 1976 his focus was on the modern steel string guitar. The task of becoming a master at all aspects of guitar making is a lifelong pursuit, and Richard has patiently refined his craftsmanship and knowledge as his company has grown. It was and is Richard's intent to translate his skills and sensitivities as an individual builder to an exceptional team of craftspeople, each of whom could become an expert in their specialty. Richard's style of allowing his craftspeople to interpret his vision has propelled Santa Cruz Guitar Company to the forefront of modern guitar making. Each Santa Cruz guitar receives an extraordinary amount of individual attention due to our "bench style" of building, which necessitates that each worker not only perform his own specialty, but also review the work of those who have completed stages before him. Over half of all the instruments that we build are custom orders, reflecting to a high degree the personality and unique playing needs of the buyer. Every guitar top is graduated and tuned by hand to attain maximum resonance and sustain, ensuring a high level of consistency of sound within each standard model line as well as the ability for custom voicing. The balance, tone, volume, and response of a Santa Cruz guitar are established before the guitar is strung. By limiting the number of instruments built, we can practice a style of lutherie born from a genuine love of the guitar, as opposed to a production line approach that might favor greater numbers at the expense of our attention to detail. We believe that our approach ensures that every Santa Cruz guitar is exceptional. Our intent is to create a uniquely sophisticated instrument that will inspire and challenge its owner throughout a lifetime.

Specifications

2014/15

Serial Number: 6867

BODY

Wood Type: Mahogany

Back Stripe: Zipper

Binding: Ivoroid

TOP

Wood Type: Sitka Spruce

Rosette: Herringbone

Purfling: Herringbone

Bracing/Voicing: Scalloped

NECK

Peghead: Slotted

Peghead Binding: None

Overlay Material: Ebony

Headstock Inlay: SCGC Mini

Width at Nut: 1-3/4″

Neck Shape: Round

FINGERBOARD

Side Dots: White

Inlay: Long Diamond & Squares

Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16

Binding: Black

Scale Length: 25.375

FINISH

Top: Tinted

Back & Sides: Clear/Buffed

Neck: Clear/Matte

SETUP

Pickguard: Tortoise

Tuners/Gears: Nickel Open-back

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