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Santa Cruz Style 1 Sitka/Rosewood Acoustic Guitar #315  From Santa Cruz

Small bodied Santa Cruz crafted to not only provide comfort and playability but presence and volume as well!


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What We Think

Small body guitars are a vintage design that is coming back into favor again and if you've gone from a dreadnought to a parlor size body you typically notice that while the EQ might be well balanced and have good bass response, you can only get so much volume and projection out of a smaller wooden body. The style 1 from Santa Cruz is one of the most comfortable and loud fingerstyle-focused guitars I've ever played and if you turned your back to the player I think you'd be surprised by the sweet power that this little instrument can achieve when played with just your fingers. The tone here is warm and huge with the pairing of Sitka on the top and East Indian on the back and sides you get a very nicely filled in sonic spectrum with a deep bass and clear highs! If you are looking for a powerful small body guitar for performing or perhaps a songwriting guitar for those late nights on the couch give us a call today to learn more about this spectacular style 1 from Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Style 1 Sitka/Rosewood Acoustic Guitar #315 Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure acoustic guitar specialist Barrett Brooks tests out the Santa Cruz Style 1 Sitka/Rosewood Acoustic Guitar #315.

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    • Santa Cruz Style 1 Sitka/Rosewood Acoustic Guitar #315

Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

To properly introduce the Santa Cruz Style 1, it is necessary to echo the historic positioning of the SCGC PJ guitar.  The parlor-style body was the pinnacle of the art of guitar making up until the late 19th century. This was the optimal size for tonal perfection. The reason guitars got bigger was to make them louder. With amplification and modern recording techniques, we can once again embrace sound quality over sound quantity.
The original body shapes of the fledgling C.F. Martin & Co. included the Size 1, a relatively large guitar for the era. Fast-forward to the new millennium where this design is very well suited for contemporary fingerstyle techniques. Santa Cruz Guitar Company’s interpretation of this wonderfully sized instrument is in response to players’ demands for this traditionally sweet sounding guitar. SCGC’s ability to achieve surprising volume and presence in a smaller-bodied instrument gives the Style 1 a solid position in the contemporary guitarist’s repertoire.
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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.


Serial Number: 315

Wood Type: Indian Rosewood

Back Stripe: Zipper

Binding: Ivoroid

Top Wood: Sitka Spruce

Rosette: Ivoroid

Purfling: Herringbone

Bracing/Voicing: Scalloped Adirondack Bracing w/ Hot Hide glue construction

Neck: PegheadSlotted

Peghead Binding: Ivoroid

Overlay Material: Ebony

Headstock Inlay: SCGC Mini

Width at Nut: 1-3/4″

Neck Shape: V

Fingerboard: Side DotsBlack

Inlay: Diamond & Square Short Pattern

Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16″

Binding: Ivoroid

Scale Length: 24.75

Finish Top: Clear/Buffed

Finish Back & Sides: Clear/Buffed

Finish Neck: Clear/Matte

Pickguard: Tortoise

Tuners/gears: Nickel open-back w/ Ivoroid Buttons

Hardshell Case