Santa Cruz Model D Custom 'Bear Claw Sitka Spruce / Figured Mahogany' Acoustic Guitar

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The Dreadnought: the design that introduced boutique lutherie. In the early 1970’s, it was the rare player who would consider any guitar smaller than a dreadnought. Stellar players were handicapped by the traditional D’s predominate bass and thin trebles. The strength of the typical dreadnought guitar is in its power and volume, which is achieved by the guitar’s large body size. The increased air space also gives the instrument a predisposition to the bass range, an asset to some playing styles and a detriment to others.

The Santa Cruz D Model has a unique tapered bracing, voiced to enhance the midrange and treble without compromising the bass volume. This voicing gives the D Model a more even balance and a greater versatility than traditionally braced dreadnoughts. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company Dreadnought Model was carefully conceived to accommodate the modern player’s need for sophisticated balance with more substance in midrange and treble. To deliver these qualities in the acceptable dreadnought-sized body required a very non-traditional approach, as compared to the factory offerings of the day. Using time honored lutherie skills, SCGC created a Trojan Horse – familiar on the outside, dangerous on the inside. SCGC’s innovative D Model remains a mainstay of artists who require acoustic volume without compromising the quality of higher frequencies.

This custom-ordered Model D is nothing short of a masterpiece, using some of Santa Cruz's most inspired tonewoods for a powerhouse twist on a classic design. We have selected a set of gorgeously three-dimensional, highy-figured genuine mahogany for the back-and-sides, paired with an awe-inspiring Bear Claw Sitka Spruce top. Bear Claw, also known as Hazelficte, is an asymmetric pattern once thought to be caused by bears sharpening their claw on a tree trunk, Bear Claw is actually caused by variations in the direction of the wood fibers as a tree grows, occurring in only perfectly-cut quarter-sawn old-growth Spruce, as an indicator of especially great tonewood.

Aside from it's stunning aesthetics, this stunning dreadnought has a tone to die for, with clarity, balance, complexity and depth. It is at once familiar and fresh, and another example of Santa Cruz's incredible talent and ability. Includes Ameritage hardshell case.


Wood Type - Figured Mahogany
Back Stripe - S29
Binding - Ivoroid
Top Wood Type - Bear Claw Sitka Spruce
Rosette - Violin Purfle Combo
Purfling - Violin Purfle Combo
Bracing/Voicing - Tapered Adirondack Spruce with Hot Hide Glue


Peghead - Solid Square
Peghead Binding - Ivoroid
Overlay Material - Ebony
Headstock Inlay - SCGC Script Logo
Width at Nut - 1-11/16
Neck Shape - Round Barrel
Fingerboard Side Dots - Black
Inlay - 2mm dots
Width at 14th Fret - 2-3/16
Binding - Ivoroid
Scale Length - 25.375


Top - Clear
Back & Sides - Clear/Buffed
Neck - Clear/Matte


Pickguard - Tortoise
Tuners/gears - Nickel Waverly

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