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Santa Cruz OM/PW Cedar/Figured Hog SS Acoustic #5236  From Santa Cruz

Get lost in the music with this one of a kind Pre-War OM!

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What We Think

  An absolute dream of a guitar!  When I put the spec sheet on this one together I was fantasizing about a fingerstyle instrument built to reward even the slightest effort with huge, warm, enveloping tone...the kind of guitar where you can just about forget what your hands have to do and lose yourself in the music.  I was also looking for a fairly unadorned aesthetic that would give the gorgeous woods used by Santa Cruz center stage.  

  And I got just what I was looking for!  The lightweight Pre-War construction, short scale, and sensitive Cedar top all work together to allow for a minimum effort/maximum response situation the likes of which I haven't encountered with -any- other guitar.  The figured Mahogany (aside from being downright gorgeous) balances out the Cedar's healthy overtone content with the fundamental-oriented tonality hog is known for.  The trademark balance and breadth of dynamic range you get with Santa Cruz's Pre-War OMs folds the slight midrange emphasis you get with Mahogany into the overall sound to achieve an almost cello-like voicing between that profound bass and those glistening highs.  So much as a brush of the fingers across the strings and a reverberant bloom opens to fill whatever room you're in.  

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

The Pre-War Orchestra Model honors its pre-WWII predecessors with an advanced X and scalloped top bracing. This time-tested design ensures large bass response and overall volume. Acoustic Guitar Magazine has placed it as one of the most important instruments of the last 20 years. The OM/PW is presented with understated appointments to emphasize master grade materials, tone and workmanship. It is perfect for the aficionado that loves the advantages of a professional boutique instrument without the cost of rare wood and ornamentation. The OM’s versatility and ergonomics lend great appeal for traditional picking styles and impressive rhythm work. Expect the predominant bass and throaty presence of the surviving pre-war antiques.

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.


Model: OM/PW

Serial: 5236

Body Wood: Figured Mahogany Body

Body Finish: Clear/Buffed

Top Wood: Cedar

Top Finish: Clear 

Back Stripe: None

Binding: Wood Binding on Body

Side Purfling: Single Violin Purfling

Rosette: Violin Purfle Combo

Top Purfling: Violin Purfle Combo

Bracing/Voicing: Advanced X/Scalloped

Neck Finish: Clear/Matte

Peghead: Solid

Peghead Binding: None

Peghead Overlay: Ebony

Headstock Inlay: SCGC

Scale Length: 25.375"

Neck Shape: V with Volute

Side Dots: White

Fingerboard Inlay: 2mm Dots

Neck Width at 14th Fret: 2 3/16"

Fingerboard Binding:

Width at Nut: 1 3/4"

Pickguard: Tortoise

Tuners: Nickel Open-Back

Case: SCGC Hardshell

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