Santa Cruz H13 1017 Acoustic Guitar  From Santa Cruz

13-fret Blues Machine


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Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

With its player-driven design that has 13 frets clear of the body, plus special soundhole and bridge locations, Santa Cruz Guitar Company's H 13 Fret joins the SCGC H lineup with a sweet tone that capitalizes upon the best attributes of a 12-fret's resonance and a 14-fret's access. As a result, it's ideally suited to fingerpicking, coaxing the sonic character of each note while projecting an overall tonal depth. Despite its small appearance, the H 13 Fret employs a body depth approaching that of a much larger dreadnought-sized guitar, producing extra volume and bass support to bolster its rich tone. Its comfortable size and complex tonal characteristics make it especially appealing to traditional players, soloists, and recording artists who demand maximum warmth and tonal versatility.

Features of the handcrafted H 13 Fret include a specially hand-tuned bracing system beneath its top-grade Sitka spruce top, a slotted headstock for classic style and enhanced string angle and sustain, and an ebony 1" x 6" pyramid rectangular bridge. The sides and back are select mahogany, and the mahogany neck features an ebony fingerboard with a total of 19 frets. An ebony headstock overlay and the wide ebony bridge with pyramid-style detailing add to the classic appearance.

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About Manufacturer

Interested in building your custom Santa Cruz with us? Email us at, 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.


NECK Peghead slotted
  Peghead Binding none
  Overlay Material ebony
  Headstock Inlay SCGC
  Width at Nut 1-3/4"
BODY Wood Type Mahogany
  Back Stripe S 29
  Binding ivroid
FINISH Top sunburst
  Back & Sides tobacco/buff
  Neck tobacco/matte
FINGERBOARD Side Dots black
  Inlay none
  Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16"
  Binding ivroid
  Scale Length 25.375
TOP Wood Type Sitka Spruce
  Rosette Ivroid
  Purfling S 29
  Bracing/Voicing H13 scallop
SETUP Pickguard tortoise
  Tuners/gears SCGC w/ ivroid buttons
  Pickup none
  Strings-shipped with lights