Santa Cruz Otis Taylor Acoustic Guitar  From Santa Cruz

Otis Taylor Signature Model guitar


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What We Think

They've taken the H13 model as a foundation and just blown the roof off with this guitar. Italian Red Spruce has to be the best sounding top wood for an acoustic guitar in the world. Combine that with the bold Madagascar Rosewood and you've got a formidable guitar. This instrument is about as dynamic as they come. The sound can be soft and smooth or loud and aggressive. It's wonderful for fingerstyle, flatpicking, or strumming. Otis Taylor himself did come play this one for us in the studio when he was passing through. Check out the vid!

Santa Cruz Otis Taylor Acoustic Guitar Demo at Sound Pure

Santa Cruz Guitars' Otis Taylor Guitar is a bold and beautiful instrument - as timeless as Otis Taylor's music. Check out our video of Otis Taylor playing his signature guitar! The Otis Taylor has a Madagascar Rosewood body and an Italian Spruce top. Recorded with: Peluso P28 Matched Pair A Designs Pacifica Lynx Aurora 16 A/D Converter

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

Otis Taylor is one of the most innovative "Trance Blues" artists of our time. With that in mind it was important that the Otis Taylor Signature Model be a very special guitar. It is a nod to vintage instruments with a taste of the modern. This collaboration has produced a musical instrument that truly reflects the artistry of both Otis Taylor and Santa Cruz Guitar Company.

Constructed of rare Madagascar Rosewood with an Italian Spruce top tinted with a custom color, Adirondack Spruce bracing with Hot Hide Glue, and a compound radius fretboard that is topped off with Otis Taylors initials.

A bold and beautiful instrument that is timeless, just like Otis Taylor's music.

Santa Cruz Guitars

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.


Body Length: 19.25"

Body Depth: 4 7/8"

Body Width: 14.6"

Overall Length: 39.5"

Number of Frets: 14

Frets Clear of the Body: 13

Madagascar Rosewood Body

Italian Spruce top