Santa Cruz RS sn 5394 Acoustic Guitar  From Santa Cruz

Roy Smeck Model, huge voice!


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What We Think

I've been playing slide for a while now, and have experimented with virtually every body-style under the sun. It's amazing how a small shaft of glass can re-define the tonal characteristics of a guitar. I’ve often advised that old, “beater” flattops become "slide-instruments" rather than be submitted to expensive repairs (for slide, intonation is more or less inconsequential, and high-action is helpful). Taking all that into account, the possibility of an instrument that is completely IDEAL for slide, while at the same time remaining a tremendous “fretting” instrument as well seems too good to be true, right? WRONG. This guitar exists and I’ve played it. It’s a big, clear, round-sounding box and I love it. Tuned up to open “E”, this guitar is a slide machine…drop it down to standard and you’re back in familiar territory. Whether you’re working on your best Blind Willie Johnson impersonation or holding down the rhythm end for your fiddle player, this guitar will never disappoint, will never let you down, will never falter. It may be a retro design, but it ought to be an essential tool in every contemporary guitarist’s arsenal. The music world needs the tonal possibilities offered by his guitar.

Slide Guitar Techniques and Tunings on the Santa Cruz RS Acoustic Guitar

The Santa Cruz RS model from Santa Cruz Guitars is a modern interpretation of a vintage Gibson Jumbo. Robinson Earle demonstrates some Roy Smeck style slide guitar playing in three different tunings: Open E, Open E6th, and Open E Minor. The model was originally setup for Hawaiian style before being converted to Spanish Style. This Santa Cruz Roy Smeck model features a sunburst Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. For any questions regarding this acoustic guitar, any other guitar from Santa Cruz, or questions about slide guitar tips and techniques, call SoundPure today. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703.

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

The new SCGC RS model is another modern interpretation of a vintage Gibson jumbo. We have had great successes with our previous "Slope Shoulder Classic" inspired instruments. For these slope shoulder jumbos we choose perfectly quarter sawn, narrow, stiff, spruce brace stock, and then we double taper it. The first taper extends out beyond the bridge plate and then the second taper drops to the linings. This heavily knifed bracing style is something unique to Santa Cruz that we developed exclusively to create the woody, dry, explosive tone that the old Gibsons were prized for. It creates a light low mass brace, while not losing the snap and explosiveness that can be the result of a scalloped bracing design.

There has been considerable interest over the years in the old Gibson Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe (mahogany) and Radio Grande (rosewood) models. These guitars were setup for Hawaiian style and therefore had a very wide deep neck (2 _"), and white lines instead of frets. They were also very deep in the box. They had only 12 frets clear of the body and the soundhole was moved way down towards the waist.

Many of these instruments have been converted to Spanish style playing and have been favored by players such as Jackson Browne and many other notables. Converting them destroys their originality and therefore value as a collectible. We decided that with such a unique sound (very different from the Martin inspired 12 fret dreadnought) it was worth building a "Stage Deluxe" inspired instrument as a "one off" just to see what the interest was.

We built it with an extra deep box, moved the sound hole south and joined the neck at the 12th fret. We gave it a 1 13/16" nut and 2 5/16" spacing at the bridge so it leans toward a modern fingerstyle setup specs but can be played with a pick just fine as well.

We bound it with tortoiseshell, put a light tobacco finish on the mahogany sides, back, and neck and a rich tobacco and amber sunburst on the top. Black binding on the fingerboard, and an ebony headstock overlay complete its elegant vintage appearance.

Well so much for our one off, we had people fighting for the first one before the Austin Summer NAMM where we introduced it and so far we can't build them fast enough. This is a modern classic you'll want to see!

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.


NECK Peghead VJ Style
  Peghead binding Unbound
  Overlay material Ebony
  Headstock inlay SCGC Logo
  Scale Length 24.75"
BODY Wood type Mahogany
  Back stripe None
  Binding Tortoise
  Other Deep Body (1/4"deeper than standard D)
FINISH Top Sunburst
  Back & sides Tobacco Brown
  Neck Tobacco Brown/ Flat
FINGERBOARD Side dots Dots-white
  Inlay Doppler style
  Width at 14th fret 2 5/16"
  Binding type Black
  Scale length 1 13/16"
TOP Wood type Sitka spruce
  Rosette Ivoroid/B/Mpl/B Combo
  Purfling Single B/W/B
  Bracing/voicing Double-tapered
  Other 3 3/4" soundhole
SETUP Pickguard Tortoise-special shape
  Tuners/gears Nickel open-back w/ivoroid buttons
  Pickup 2 5/16" straight bridge