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Santa Cruz H/13 Tasmanian Blackwood - Adirondack Red Spruce (2012)

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Thirteen frets to the body? This is the story: tThe historical precedent for this classic shape was the Gibson ‘Nick Lucas Special’ from the 1920’s and ’30’s, the one Bob Dylan holds in early photos. The “H” designation is an acknowledgement to the guardian of the lore of all things vintage and stringed, Maestro Paul Hostetter, who commissioned SCGC to build the prototype in 1978. In spite of the question of whether the historic 13 frets to the body had any basis in acoustic science, the reason for using it does. Richard's concept for the H-13 is to achieve power beyond what one would expect in a small-bodied guitar. Two fundamental lutherie tricks make this possible: a longer string length (more downward pressure at the saddle) and more air space via a deeper body (increased volume and bass response). To place the bridge in the optimal position for power and maintain the longer string length, the neck needs to join the body at the 13th fret. Cool, huh? This is a gorgeous classic with power and presence expected from a much larger instrument. Perfect for aggressive fingerstyle blues and vocal accompaniment, the H-13 feels really sweet to hold.

This guitar is as custom as one can get! Richard found a very nice set of mastergrade Tasmanian Blackwood and paired it with a super straight grained mastergrade Adirondack Red Spruce. The flamed Honduran Mahogany neck is maybe even more rare and looks cool. After being in awe about the craftmanship the tones come out. Gee, this is really something to love. Yes, I am impressed by this one :-) The condition is mint...of course. Consignment sale, no returns.

Current retail price: € 9.210,-

OUR PRICE: € 6.500,-

Specifications: 
  • Back & Sides: Highly figured Australian Blackwood
  • Back Stripe: Custom herringbone (S29)
  • Binding Ivoroid
  • Top Wood: Adirondack Red Spruce
  • Rosette: Ivoroid
  • Purfling: Custom herringbone (S29)
  • Neck: flamed Honduran Mahogany
  • Bracing/Voicing: H/13 Scallop/Tapered
  • Neck Peghead: solid VJ Style
  • Peghead binding: None
  • Headstock overlay: Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: none
  • Width at Nut: 45mm
  • Neck Shape: V
  • Fingerboard Side Dots Black
  • Bridge: custom carved Ebony
  • Width at bridge: 56 mm
  • Binding: 
  • Scale Length: 645mm
  • Finish Top: Sunburst
  • Back & Sides Tobacco/Buffed
  • Neck Tobacco/Matte
  • Pickguard: Dalmatian
  • Tuners: Waverly Nickel tuners w/ Ivoroid Buttons
  • Case: Custom Santa Cruz Ameritage brown
  • Electronics: optional