How many Santa Cruz have you owned?

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  • #1376

    Old 97
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    when my right shoulder went south, I decided I should have an OM. I went to Steve Swan and played the least expensive one in the shop. It was Adirondack and Plain Jane Mahogany. It had sparkle on top and rumble on the bottom. I told him to get me a blindfold so I could play all six of the OMs he had in stock. After about 20 minutes, I decided on the one that sounded best and felt right: it was the one I had started with.

    I rejected Brazilian and German Spruce, Brazilian and Adirondack, Indian Rosewood and Sitka, Mahogany and Sitka, one other, and went home with a $3200 brand new guitar.

    I traded in a shop worn 12 fret Dread I bought at a reduced price.

    I also had a shop worn Dread that had the bridge lifting. Steve sold it for me for about $1400 as I recall.

    later on I got a Firefly which I sold to help pay for college for my son.

    i have had five SCGC guitars. I miss the OM and Firefly.

  • #1377

    haasome
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    I’ve owned 3. I owned a beautiful Mahogany/Sitka H13, but never quite connected with it and sold it after a couple of years. I own a terrific EIR/Euro OM and an outstanding Coco/Euro OMG. I love these guitars – amazing! I just bought a Karura flight case for the OM to replace the monster Armitage case.


    – Paul –

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  • #1379

    zorro
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    Six. My current Remuda( the DA-1 is for sale) and a beautiful F Ziracote/German that I should never have let go.
    I bought it from a wonderful lady who was on the “old” Forum.
    Which brings up a question…when this edition of the Forum got going we could list our Herd(and I did)….then it dissapeared.Can we still list them?


    1993 Martin Custom HD-28 Eir/Sitka
    2001 SCGC Custom F Cutaway Maple/Sitka

    2008 SCGC Custom Otis Taylor H Madi/Italian
    2015 SCGC Custom OM “The Tree” Hog/European
    2016 SCGC Custom 1934 D-45 Braz/ Adi

  • #1381

    indexless
    Keymaster

    Zorro

    When you sign in, look for profile in the upper bar, click that and then click Edit on the left sidebar, that will take you to your information where your signature information is, don’t know where it went but it’s still there.

  • #1394

    Daniel
    Participant

    Just the one 1942 Bluegrass D from Steve Swan in early 2002.  Still have it. Will never sell it.

    The way things are going, it’ll be my last one as well.  Don’t really need another one.  🙂

    Daniel


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  • #1401

    bizango1
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    Four-one currently. First one was the motivator to get back into guitar after 30+ years off. It was an OM Adi/Hog cutaway. Second was a 000 1929 that my wife wanted. Third was an OM with Italian Spruce/Fiddleback Hog with 1929 appointments. All three were wonderful guitars and the buyers were thrilled to get them. Fourth is my Vintage Southerner that I ordered custom and picked up a few weeks ago. The main custom feature that makes this one a keeper for me is the spacing-1-3/4 & 2-5/16″. I am really happy with the wider bridge spacing and could never quite relax on SCGC’s std spacing or even the 2-1/4″ that my two OMs had. I have a few Martins with 2-5/16″ so I’m happy that all my favorites have that spacing and my new VS is an instant adder to my faves.

  • #1405

    Frozen Rat
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    Three for me. I still have two of them.

    My first encounter with SCGC guitars was a used one in Guitar Center. I think it was an OM. I didn’t think it was very good. That particular one was probably abused, maybe over-humidified, or under-humidified. It was kinda dead sounding. I’d heard good things about the brand so I didn’t let that impact my judgement, but it was my first experience with the brand. I eventually ran into a second one at Guitar Center and that one was much better but it was the wrong guitar at the wrong time for me so I didn’t buy it.

    Then I wandered into Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz and played every SCGC they had and really liked a 00 EIR/Sitka they had. It was the best sounding guitar I had ever played. It had soul, it was vibrant, and it was easy to play (best neck I’d ever hand in my hand). I didn’t buy it that day because I hadn’t brought enough funds and lost out as someone else did, and it was only a week later that I went back to buy it. I left depressed.

    Some weeks later I found a 00 Adi/Hog on Ebay and won the auction. It came with worn out frets and I think 10s on it. It didn’t sound great, but somehow I could sense it had a lot of potential. I was upset about the bad frets but decided to get it fixed instead of challenging the seller about it. I got stainless steel frets put on it and I carved a new saddle out of bone and put that in (the old one was badly chipped). What I got was, and is still, better even than the 00 I first played. It’s gorgeous in looks and sound and so easy to play. Why can’t all guitars be this easy? But I still wanted one that was rosewood-backed. I love rosewood. Had to have one.

    I found a 00 EIR/Sitka with a slew of upgrades in Wisconsin but it was $6200 and I decided to wait for something to show up elsewhere for a bit less money. One never did (SCGC 00s don’t come around often on the used market) so I went back to Sylvan and bought a 00 Skye (yes, I know it’s just as pricey as the one I mentioned I didn’t buy, I had a moment of weakness that day). But, the the wide nut width eventually drove me to sell it, that and the fact that Cocobolo, while a superb tone wood, didn’t quite scratch the rosewood itch for me: I had to have rosewood. A few weeks after I sold the Skye (to a super nice guy back east who adores it) a 00 in EIR/Sitka showed up on Reverb with all kinds of upgrades. Turns out it was the $6200 guitar I had seen months ago, having been sold as part of a lot to a guy who was liquidating them as NOS (no warranty). It was selling for far less money this time. I made an offer for even less and it was accepted. It’s on my wall and I adore it. Both of my 00s have the wider 2 1/4 bridges, beautiful rosettes, upgrading binding, hide-glue Adi braces and the non-slotted headstocks: I do not like slotted headstocks. I do not understand or appreciate their attraction. They were each made in 2014 and 2015 and, as it turns out, were both custom orders to the same shop in Wisconsin, who always does custom orders (well, not any more it seems) with specs that happen to be just what I like best.


    Santa Cruz 00 — Goodall 000 — Martin 00-28

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  • #1410

    moo cow
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    A D12 I regret selling everyday of my life and my new OM SS SS!  Life is good.

  • #1411

    Chris aka digdog
    Participant

    15.    YIKES ; 00R. 00K.  2 H13.  2 DPW R&M. 1DCOCO. 1D12.  1 TR.  1VJ. 2 OMPW. 1 H. 1 D12X12.  AND ………….

    Finally my D Law.   One leading to another.  May this beautiful dream continue.

  • #1417

    Matt Hayden
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    I’ve got two.

    When my old (1950s) Martin 0-18 finally went the way of the dodo – long story involving a former owner who’d essentially loved it to death – I started to look for something new. The 14-fret 0 had been nice, sounded good, and such, but it seemed like OMs or other slightly-larger-but-smaller-than-dread size guitars had more versatility, so I started checking them out wherever possible.   In the process, I came in contact with instruments by a lot of builders. At Steve Swan’s, when he was still in Kensington, I tried one after the other including some fabulous new SCGCs, until he put a battered 7-year-old used instrument – an OM cutaway – in my lap.

    That one got my attention. Despite lots of evidence of heavy play, it felt great and sounded sublime. After going back and playing it a couple more times, I bought it, and that was that. It’s been my go-to for a little over twenty years now.  Sounds good every which way – acoustic, plugged in, miced, whatever.

    When i turned 50, DW wanted to do something special, so she suggested I see what Richard could make from a piece of Cuban mahogany I’d had for thirty years that hadn’t been turned into furniture yet.  That became a 00-29 with some custom features that’s a sweet short-scale instrument with a big voice.

    Only regret is not diving deeper when I first encountered SCGC.  And there are some custom ideas I may explore someday if SCGC is amenable….

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  • #1420

    bert
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    I’ve owned 3.

    My first was a 2003 Tony Rice, was my main guitar for 6yrs. After I retired I had much more time for playing and my playing style evolved. I felt I needed a tad less bass and more brightness in the mids and moved to mostly mahogany.

    Second was a 2006 VS, what ever reason I just never bonded and traded it with a friend.

    Currently I have a 2001 VJ, best sounding/playing D18 type guitar I’ve ever given a go. While the VJ is not ‘vintage’, it is played-in. New guitars are great fun but played-in works best for me at 72. The 2001 has 1 3/4″ nut, full scale and I’m using EJ24’s True Meds.  Love this guitar.


    SCGC VJ, Collings CJmhAsssb, Bourgeois 00, Eastman E20OM-TC & El Rey4 archtop, bottleneck reso.

  • #1445

    tadol
    Participant

    I used to say I couldn’t make a list because of my wife found out, I’d be in big trouble. She convinced me it was much more important that we list them on the insurance just in case,  so I did make a couple lists and sent them to Carolyn to get some insurance values. All I can say now is that when I die, my wife will be offering the single greatest inventory of SC guitars in North America –

    The bad part is a fair number are in my workshop/studio space, which I am giving up to move to a new larger warehouse space – but it’s nowhere near as secure, so I may have to let a few go since there’s no room at home for them, and I’d hate to think of anything bad happening to them while in my care –  😢

    • #1451

      zorro
      Participant

      I’ll make some room in the old corral if you want to ship a few to the Gulf Coast….I’ll curry them and exercise them and let them mix with my Ramuda.


      1993 Martin Custom HD-28 Eir/Sitka
      2001 SCGC Custom F Cutaway Maple/Sitka

      2008 SCGC Custom Otis Taylor H Madi/Italian
      2015 SCGC Custom OM “The Tree” Hog/European
      2016 SCGC Custom 1934 D-45 Braz/ Adi

    • #1453

      bizango1
      Participant

      Tad if you still have the OM cutaway I sold you a couple years back you can store it at my house for a while cuz I wouldn’t mind playing it again. I could make room.

      Chris

  • #1452

    Daniel
    Participant

    House hunting here in the north of France.  I’ll push for more storage space.  Maybe I can help you “keep” some of those guitars.  😉

    Daniel


    • #1464

      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      Hmm. While you’re storing stuff for Tadol, I have a 12-fret 000 to get to you…..and it seems that the CITES rules are in the process of revision to make way for musical instruments, so they can cross transnational borders without fear.  I’ll miss it, though…. 😉

    • #1503

      Daniel
      Participant

      😀

      IIRC, the body is jarrah, the neck is mahogany, the fretboard is ebony, and the top is Sitka.  I don’t recall the wood on the headstock, might be ebony.  Is any of that covered under CITES

      While you’re at it.  Send those two little tube amps too!

      Daniel


    • #1553

      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      I’ll get everything boxed up. The headstock on the 000 is Braz, but the rest of it can come along just fine.

      Send me your address and I’ll get them out to you :).

    • #1560

      Daniel
      Participant

      Address sent.

      I guess you’ll need to put the Mauel on the band saw and whack off that headstock overlay, then.  Shame.  I like it.  Oh well!

      Don’t forget to take the tuners off first!  😉

      Thank you!

      Daniel


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    • #1570

      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      All done 🙂

    • #1571

      Daniel
      Participant

      Photos please.  😉


  • #1497

    Bigshoe
    Participant

    I’ve owned 4 in the past and still own a Custom D/PW with Adi top, braces and hot hide glue that is just a awesome gutar. Currently looking to try a H13.

  • #1501

    indexless
    Keymaster

    Welcome Bigshoe! Glad you found us and can deal with our Vintage Technology, pull up a chair, it’s a fantastic group!

  • #1502

    bert
    Participant

    Bigshoe, welcome to the forum.  I joined earlier this year and can say you’ll find some of the most friendly and knowledgeable folks around here.  best regards, bert


    SCGC VJ, Collings CJmhAsssb, Bourgeois 00, Eastman E20OM-TC & El Rey4 archtop, bottleneck reso.

  • #1566

    RetiredFire
    Participant

    Bought my first one a few months ago, an OM/PW. Traded in a nice Martin OM28 because the SC was noticeable tonally superior and just a beautiful guitar to play (nothing against Martin, I have others and like them very much). Like it so much I just ordered a new 1929 OO with a 1 13/16 nut, due to be delivered in early March. Have owned Martins, Taylors, and a Yamaha over the years but have never taken the plunge for a high end instrument. Tried out several, including Beorgoise, Collings, and an older Gurian, which was built in the town I live. The SC spoke to me in a way the others didn’t. Hard to explain…but if you’re on this forum, you know.

    • #1569

      indexless
      Keymaster

      Welcome RetiredFire, Thanks for finding us, We’re a friendly bunch

  • #1669

    Quake17
    Participant

    I have all four that I’ve owned, though it’s only been 16 months since my first one, an F in African BW and Moon Spruce. I fell hard and added two more F’s and a 000-12! I’ve always liked SC’s from the first time I played one around 2000, the light build and musicality, but did not get on with the big V necks. I found a used F that had been ridden very hard and put away wet that sound great and played wonderfully, but the entire finish was cracked and the store was not dealing on the price; it did not last long as I dithered.

    Anyway, I’m late to the party but am greatly enjoying the experience.

     


    F Cocobolo/Sitka
    F African Blackwood/Moon Spruce
    F Mahogany 1929
    000-12 Cocobolo/Italian

  • #1670

    zorro
    Participant

    Quake 17….Man you jumped into the ole SCGC pool with both feet. excellent selection of models.
    Welcome to both you and RetiredFire ……We look forward to you posts about your guitars.


    1993 Martin Custom HD-28 Eir/Sitka
    2001 SCGC Custom F Cutaway Maple/Sitka

    2008 SCGC Custom Otis Taylor H Madi/Italian
    2015 SCGC Custom OM “The Tree” Hog/European
    2016 SCGC Custom 1934 D-45 Braz/ Adi

  • #1671

    sdelsolray
    Participant

    Six – one currently (a 2017 1929 00 full sunburst). Previously, (i) 1996 F German Maple/German spruce blinged, (ii) 2009 1929 00 (stock specs – I like the modified V-necks of the newer 1929’s better), (iii) 2011 1929 000 (stock specs), (iv) 2011 FS (stock specs) and (v) 2013 F Custom (figured mahogany top, back and sides, full sunburst, HHG, Adi braces).

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