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Do you like 'old' guitars? The Santa Cruz Guitar Company turns 40 this year....

February 11, 2016

Do you like 'old' guitars? The Santa Cruz Guitar Company turns 40 this year. That's 40 years of handcrafting some of the finest instruments in the steel-string world. To celebrate, they have built one of the most fascinating guitars that we have heard of in recent years.

This is the Santa Cruz 'Ghost Oak' H-13. The back and sides are built from Oak found at the bottom of a sand mine in the Czech Republic. This timber has been carbon dated at 8,000 years old. That pre-dates written language by 3,000 years! The top is Sitka Spruce pulled from the Alaskan permafrost which comes in at 3,000 years old. The binding and fret inlays are all Snakewood which is a rare timber prized for it's use in violin bows. The timbers have not been stained, the ghosty-grey colouring has occurred naturally over time.

We believe this guitar has been purchased by someone close to Santa Cruz founder, Richard Hoover. We're pretty sure they would have got a free pack of strings with the purchase.

What an incredible feat of workmanship. Congratulations Santa Cruz on 40 years of brilliance!




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