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Santa Cruz Tony Rice Pro Spruce/Brazilian #D262R - Used  From Santa Cruz

A 1988 Tony Rice Professional model from Santa Cruz guitars signed by Tony, himself; and case signed by the Tony Rice Unit!


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Condition: Used, Very Good (wear and finish checking consistent with age, bridge replaced)

Santa Cruz 2019 Service - Neck Reset, Full Refret, New Nut/Saddle & Plek Service, Top Crack Reinforced, Reinforcing Wedge Installed at Fingerboard/Body Joint

"So that was of course the 262nd dreadnought we ever made, and from 1988. That is Tony’s real signature on the label. It is a standard Tony Rice Professional Model from that time, with Brazilian Rosewood back/sides, a German Spruce top and Macassar Ebony overlay" - Carolyn Sills at SCGC

It's wandered far and wide and has the scars to prove it but trust us, this TR Pro is no ways tired!  Man alive!  This is one of the first 100 Tony Rice models Santa Cruz made and probably takes the top prize for oldest Santa Cruz we've ever seen.  You know what they say about the more play a guitar gets, the better it sounds?  They're right.  From the Liberty bell tolling in a thunderstorm to wind chimes in morning breeze, this masterful instrument/historical artifact/piece of sheer art can span the full range of flattop expression.  If you're not afraid of a guitar that's received some professional attention (from the good folks at SCGC themselves, no less), we may not have a better recommendation, now or ever.    

You don't mind that Tony signed it, do you?  If so you're going to hate the full Tony Rice Unit signatures on the original case!


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: Tony Rice Professional

Serial: D262R

Year: 1988

Body Wood: Brazilian Rosewood

Body Finish: Clear/Buffed

Top Wood: German Spruce

Top Finish: Tinted

Back Stripe: Zipper

Binding: Ivoroid

Side Purfling: Black/Maple/Black

Rosette: Herringbone

Top Purfling: Herringbone


Neck Finish: Gloss

Width at Nut: 1 11/16"

Fingerboard: Ebony

Peghead: Solid Square

Peghead Binding: None

Peghead Overlay: Macassar Ebony

Headstock Inlay: None

Bridge: Ebony

Scale Length: 25.25"

Neck Shape: V with Volute

Side Dots: Black

Fingerboard Inlay: SCGC @12th Fret

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

Fingerboard Binding: Ivoroid

Pickguard: Tortoise

Tuners: Nickel Waverly

Case: Hardshell *Signed by Tony Rice Unit

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