Santa Cruz Tony Rice Dreadnought - Used #4402  From Santa Cruz

This ol' hoss is still kickin' strong!


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What We Think

Worn but far from weary, this player's guitar received plenty of loving attention from our luthier to get it back up to 100%.  Don't let those scars scare you--this dread has opened up into a wizened, powerful instrument over the years and is ready for another lifetime of playing, be it on the stage or the sofa!


Condition: Used, Fair

Guitar has finish checking on the top and our luthier repaired and touched up a crack in the back. Both afflictions are photoed and in the gallery.


Manufacturer's Description from Santa Cruz

Tony Rice is the master of contemporary bluegrass guitar. He has enhanced his traditional background with influences ranging from Clarence White to John Coltrane, thereby creating a style that demands more from a guitar than a typical vintage dreadnought can offer. Tony's legendary 1930s D-28, previously owned by Clarence White, served as the model for an instrument design that combines the bass presence of the old D-28 with more substantial midrange and treble response, which is necessary for Tony's modern lead work. The sophisticated tone in the higher ranges of this guitar will inspire flatpickers to explore new territory. The Tony Rice Model is the result of a 12-year collaboration with Tony Rice, and is the epitome of a contemporary bluegrass guitar.

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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.



Peghead: TR solid

Peghead binding: none

Overlay material: ebony

Headstock inlay: none

Width at nut: 1-11/16"

Body Wood type: Indian Rosewood

Back stripe: zig-zag

Binding: ivoroid

Size variation: none

Finish Top: clear

Finish: Back & sidesclear

Finish: Neckclear/flat - TR Slim

Fingerboard Side dots: standard (black)

Fingerboard Inlay: SCGC

Width at 14th fret: 2-3/16"

Binding type: ivoroid

Scale length: 25.375

Top Wood type: Sitka Spruce

Rosette: herringbone/ ivoroid

Purfling: herringbone

Bracing/voicing: scalloped

Pickguard: tortoise

Tuners/gears: SCGC

Hardshell Case

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