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Santa Cruz D/PW Addy/IRW Pre-War Dreadnought #7203  From Santa Cruz

This pre-war spec beauty is one of the finest guitars we've ever laid hands on!


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This specific item was photographed by us here in Durham, North Carolina. We are a very small team dedicated to providing you the most accurate photos possible, through our obsessive focus - individually photographing nearly everything that comes through the door. Questions about what you see? Want more information, photos, or just a friendly conversation with someone that cares and who has actually had their hands on this exact item? Contact us now!
Santa Cruz Guitars

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What We Think

Sometimes, you just know. When I strummed the first chord, shivers went up my spine. 

It's something about the way the overtones dance around the fundamental.

The way the open strings seem to haunt the fretted ones. 

The way every frequency eventually balances out warm and clear as a spring day.

It's basically a taut trampoline that will sail your pick off into the heavens 

The combination of an Adirondack top with Adirondack braces (attached with hot hide glue, of course) is glorious.

It's the kind of engine that makes you wanna' pop the hood. 

This is the quintessential, no-frills, all-muscle, bare-chested dreadnought guitar, folks.

The folks at Santa Cruz sure know how to cast that "pre-war" spell.

In the words of one of my esteemed co-workers, "now THAT'S the way a guitar's supposed to sound!" 

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

This dramatic sounding model was designed to introduce the superior sound of Santa Cruz Guitars to players that had been afraid to touch them. SCGC’s reputation for relentless quality and attendant high prices kept many from even trying one out. The Pre-War Model was okay to approach, not inexpensive but not completely intimidating either. Given the opportunity to hear a truly sophisticated guitar, perhaps for the first time, players experienced a paradigm shift in what they thought possible. The D/PW’s powerful volume, overtones and rich presence is an epiphany to the uninitiated. There are no unnecessary design features on this model, simply the finest materials treated to SCGC’s state of the art lutherie. This instrument is the best value to be had in a professionally hand made guitar, period.

Santa Cruz Guitars

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.


Serial Number: 7203

Bold = Custom Specs


Wood Type: Indian Rosewood

Back Stripe: Black

Binding: Black


Wood Type: Adirondack Spruce

Rosette: Violin Purfle Combo

Purfling: Violin Purfle

Bracing/Voicing: Scalloped/Advanced X

Adirondack Bracing Attached with Hot Hide Glue


Peghead: Solid Square

Peghead Binding: None

Overlay Material: Indian Rosewood

Headstock Inlay: SCGC

Width at Nut: 1 3/4"

Neck Shape: V with Volute


Side Dots: White

Inlay: 2mm Dots

Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16

Binding: Black

Scale Length: 25.375


Top: Clear

Back & Sides: Clear/Buffed

Neck: Clear/Matte


Pickguard: Tortoise

Tuners/Gears: Nickel Open-back

Case: Original Hardshell

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