• Santa Cruz VA Mahogany – Sitka Spruce

    Category: Product Condition: Pre-Owned

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    Brilliant Santa Cruz VA in near mint condition! Doc Watson, who owned the prototype of the Vintage Artist, said, “This is the Dreadnought I’ve been looking for all my life.” In 1991, Richard Hoover collaborated with vintage experts to identify the most desirable qualities of the iconic Pre-War D-18.

    This Santa Cruz VA is Maestro Watson’s contribution to Richard Hoover’s building genius dedicated to constructing a guitar that would show both their appreciation of the clarity of the Mahogany tone. At the time, Doc had put as many hours into Rockabilly on a Les Paul as he had on the Dreadnought. His lack of preoccupation with a particular vintage model played perfectly with SCGC’s philosophy to ‘combine, not copy.’ After Doc’s test pilot duties on the prototype, he offered this thoughtful testimonial: “Son, what do I have to do to keep this guitar?”

    She presents the tonal equalily and technical superiority of the most respected Pre-War guitars. To achieve the characteristic EQ and tone of the legendary Doc Watson, aka ‘the Vintage Artist,’ this instrument features an advanced, scalloped X-bracing for powerful bass, complimented by the clear tone and definition of master grade Mahogany. Great work Richard!

    The guitar is in near mint condition. Some playmarks and one ding on the back of the headstock. Fretwear is not visible. On top of that package a LR Baggs Anthem pickup system with volume and balance controle is installed. Very good amped sound too.

    Price includes:

    • VAT is not applicable
    • 3 year Diamond Guitars warranty
    • Free shipping in to BeNeLux-countries.
    • Mail for other shipping costs.
    • 14 day Return Policy applies.
    • All guitars come with a new set of strings and a setup to your liking.


    • Back & Sides: Mastergrade Old growth Mahogany
    • Top: Mastergrade Sitka Spruce
    • Back Stripe: Zipper
    • Binding: Ivoroid
    • Rosette: Ivoroid
    • Purfling: Herringbone
    • Bracing/Voicing: Scalloped/Advanced X
    • Peghead: Solid Square
    • Peghead Binding: I/B/I
    • Overlay Material: Rosewood
    • Headstock Inlay: SCGC
    • Width at Nut: 44.5mm / 1¾”
    • Side Dots: Black
    • Inlay: 2mm dots
    • Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16
    • Binding I/B/I
    • Scale Length: 650mm / 25.375″
    • Neck Shape: Soft V with Volute
    • Finish Top: Tinted Nitro
    • Back & Sides: Nitro
    • Pickguard: Tortoise
    • Tuners/gears: Nickel Waverly
    • Body Length: 20″
    • Body Depth: 3.5-4.875″
    • Number of Frets: 21
    • Frets Clear of the Body: 14
    • Lower Bout: 15.5″
    • Waist: 10.5″
    • Upper Bout: 11.125″