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Santa Cruz H14 Torrefied Mahogany Acoustic #1604, from Santa Cruz

The powerful H14 in Torrefied Mahogany with 1929 appointments!

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Retail:  $7,150.00

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What We Think

We knew we liked the incredible power and versatility of the H model by Santa Cruz and we knew we liked the warm, open sound of their 1929 all-mahogany OOs...why not combine the two?  And why not torrefy the top, back, and sides?  The result is like that curious feeling that happens on walks in the woods where the forest (a deep, dark, ancient forest, in this case) feels like it's breathing all around you.  That natural woody, airy sound of mahogany is further concentrated and embellished with more bloom and a slight longer decay than usual through the torrefaction process.  The wonderfully full dynamic spectrum of the H model serves to deepen and expand that organic tonality into a sound that will fill you and the room you're in unlike any other.

Compared to other all-hog small-bodied guitars, this H14 has significantly less mid-range honk in favor of the aforementioned nuance from bass to treble--the torrefied mahogany in this case makes the H model sound more like a cello than a baby grand. As with all H models, this one's going to appeal to flat- and finger-pickers alike.  Call us up today to find out more about what makes this fantastic guitar one of our favorites so far from Santa Cruz!  

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

Long an honored presence in the Santa Cruz collection, the 1930’s inspired H Model joined our catalog in 1977 during the formative years of the company. This was a challenging era to introduce a non-Dreadnought, non-12-fret guitar. Opting to be favored by natural selection, SCGC presented the now standard 14 frets to the body configuration to an audience that valued the additional 2-fret access on such a classic, vintage body.

Most players are astonished when they play the Santa Cruz H for the first time. Its volume is startling for a small-bodied guitar. The body’s depth allows for a much larger presence than would be expected in an instrument of its size. The guitar’s balanced hand voicing gives the H a precise response at every fretboard position. This model is highly recommended for those who prefer the sweetness and ease of playing a small guitar but require more comfort and volume.

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.

Specifications

2016

Serial Number: 1604

Body

Wood Type: Torrefied Mahogany

Back Stripe: None

Binding: Mahogany

Top

Wood Type: Torrefied Mahogany

Rosette: Ivoroid/Tortoise/Ivoroid

Purfling: Black

Bracing/Voicing: Double Tapered w/Bass Scallop

Neck

Peghead: Solid VJ

Peghead Binding: None

Overlay Material: Ebony

Headstock Inlay: SCGC Vintage Script Logo

Width at Nut: 1-3/4"

Neck Shape: Round

Fingerboard

Side Dots: White

Inlay: None

Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16″

Binding: Black

Scale Length: 25.375"

Finish

Top: Clear

Back & Sides: Clear/Buffed

Neck: Clear/Matte

Setup

Pickguard: Tortoise

Tuners/gears: Nickel open-back