Awesome Santa Cruz Style 1 with Indian Rosewood and mastergrade German Spruce. This body design is considered to be the optimal size for tonal perfection.
This Santa Cruz Style 1 has the parlor-style body. The parlor style design was the pinnacle of the art of guitar making up until the late 19th century. There is a consensus that 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 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. Listen to a sound impression here: