richard hoover

SCGC True Acoustic Bass

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SCGC TAB headstockPlaying the SCGC True Acoustic Bass is the most fun I’ve had in ages.  This instrument has been made specifically for me.  Like a bespoke suit.  Did Carolyn visit in my sleep to get measurements, or was I dreaming?  Literally, a perfect fit.

Absolutely superb craftsmanship.  Supreme balance.  Most right-hand guitars work best on my left knee.  But this 46″ beauty sits naturally on my right.  Even with a massive scale length, it does not feel like its headstock is sticking out in the next room.  Large guitar, yes.  But not a box on your lap.  Rather, a carefully crafted piece of acoustic art.  Intimate.  Sexy.  Persuasive.  She puuuuurrrs seductively one minute.  Then makes a compelling case to follow her example.  Follow her lead.  It is a bass player’s world, after all.

Santa Cruz Guitar Company makes one bass.  One model only.  There is no variation when creating your very best.  As Richard puts it, “Years of field testing have refined the specifications to a 32 inch scale on a dense vintage Mahogany body with a master quality Sitka Spruce top meeting strict and specific tonal criteria”.

The bass projecting into my room, through my core, has me hooked.  Can’t put her down until my fingers quit.  Yep, it helps our relationship that she’s a real looker.  But her character, the way she talks and acts, you can’t fake that.

Awesome photography by Ron Jones!

Santa Cruz Guitar Company

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We recently handled a gorgeous custom Santa Cruz OM/PW guitar with an Alpine Moon Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, hide glue, Adirondack braces, and herringbone trim.  1 3/4″ nut width and short scale, perfect for my stubby fingers.

This guitar is easily the most well-made I’ve ever held and heard.  Incredible volume, unmatched sustain, infinitely expressive.  Not a hint of an out-of-place overtone.

Every millimeter of its surface is as finely crafted as humanly possible.  A tiny bevel along the fingerboard edge.  Fret ends triple-beveled.   The inside smells like an exotic craftsman’s shop where only finest materials are used. The guitar glows.

Acquiring a Santa Cruz is like finding a perfect mate.  Both are beautiful, have great personality, return unbiased love, give total commitment, and get better with age.  For twice the price of a really nice diamond engagement ring, you can have both.  Finding the guitar may prove easier.  Santa Cruz, the investment of a lifetime.

Shout Out to Carolyn Sills, SCGC Head of Marketing, for help researching this particular special order guitar shipped to Acoustic Vibes MusicCarolyn Sills SCGC.  Her boss Richard Hoover, for sending us a little binding we used in refurbishing Hugh Mason’s 1991 Santa Cruz Dreadnought.  As always, Jeff Looker for stocking such amazing acoustic instruments in his shop.  Finally, Kathryn Butler, providing excellent photography of this fine Santa Cruz OM/PW.