Santa Cruz Sitka Spruce/Indian RW Mandocello #1190 - Used  From Santa Cruz

Check out this beautiful and resonant Mandocello from Santa Cruz!


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What We Think

Enchanting to play and to behold!  Mandocellos have such wonderfully unique voices and this one is no exception.  Imagine the familiar chime of a mandolin in the register of a cello with the projection and presence of a Jumbo-esque guitar.  If the cello most closely resembles the human voice then you might call this mandocello downright choir-esque!  Rolling fiddle tunes build and swell to a room-filling rumble while slower tunes take on a regal air.  There's this fantastic meditative quality the Santa Cruz imparts to everything you play on it.  Your hands won't have a hard time, either--a shorter scale length gives you plenty of control over those slightly thicker strings and the neck itself provides comfortable leverage.  You're going to have to set aside some time for this one--you might just get lost in it!  

Condition: Used, Good

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

Here is a remarkable new palette of colors to add to your performance. Professional session players have escorted this sonorous, growling, chiming delight into top recording studios to bring depth and attention to their solos and melodic accompaniment. There is truly nothing like the SCGC Mandocello out there, aside from some vintage archtop rarities which lack the sustain and playability.

‘Familiar and easy’ describes the 24-3/4 inch scale length. Four paired strings, most popularly tuned in unison to C-G-D-A, are comfortably spaced at the 1-1/2 inch nut. This instrument fills a hall with luxurious and satisfying resonance. The EQ is even by design, to allow the artist to determine the relative volume of high to low notes. We chose the SCGC F Model body for the standard Mandocello, though do consider the Mandocello as an option for most SCGC body styles. Wait until you get your hands on this one; you’ll write new songs, try new techniques and never run out of inspiration.

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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.



Serial Number: 1190


Wood Type: Indian Rosewood

Back Stripe: S29

Binding: Ivoroid


Wood Type: Sitka Spruce

Rosette: Purfle Combo

Purfling: Purfle Combo

Bracing/Voicing: Tapered


Peghead: Solid F Style

Peghead Binding: I/B/I

Overlay Material: Ebony

Headstock Inlay: SCGC

Width at Nut: 1.5″

Neck Shape: Round


Side Dots: Black

Inlay: 2mm Dots

Width at 14th Fret: 2″

Binding: I/B/I

Scale Length: 24.75


Top: Clear

Back & Sides: Clear/Buffed

Neck: Clear/Buffed


Pickguard: Tortoise

Tuners/Gears: Chrome Gotoh Mini 510

Strings: .22, .34, .48, .74 (A, D, G, C)

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