Yep. Heard more than once that someone was looking at a Collings or a Taylor or a Martin, A-B’d a Santa Cruz, and then got the Santa Cruz. 🙂
I got mine back in 2002 from Steve Swan when he was in Burlingame and still carrying SCGCs. I played every guitar in his shop. Took home a dinged SCGC custom dread because it was the best sounding guitar in the place with one exception: a $7000 SCGC TR Pro in Adirondack and Brazillian which I simply could not afford.
Thanks for sharing!