Most Santa Cruz 12-fret 000 models sound bigger than they look, maybe it's the bridge being in the middle of the (functional) portion of the soundboard, or whatever, but the end result is a highly versatile guitar with more bass response than a typical OM and more treble clarity than a Dreadnought, and great balance overall. Add Brazilian rosewood and European spruce to the mix and you get the best of the best that Santa Cruz offers. This looks very much like a new guitar that happens to have been made 22 years ago. It's been strung up and played of course, but carefully, and shows only a couple of the tiniest of dings and a few, very light lacquer crazing lines below the bridge (see photos). The Brazilian is clearly the premium, quartersawn variety, with fantastic grain and color, what SCGC now describes as "Tier 1" and assigns a whopping $14,500 upcharge (retail). The European spruce adds another $750, so the wood upgrades on this guitar alone would come to $15,250. Then there's $2300 for the pearl bordering and the fingerboard snowflakes, plus an upcharge for Sloane tuners, which are twice the price of Waverly gears….good grief the new list price of this guitar would be almost $23,000. Fortunately, Brazilian rosewood wasn't nearly as expensive in 1996, and SCGC models in general had significantly lower prices, which is how this example came to be priced as it is now. Comes with a TKL Vintage Series case, as this was made long before Santa Cruz switched to Ameritage cases.

stock no. 53906

Model000, 12-fret, Brazilian
TopGerman spruce
Back and sidesBrazilian rosewood
Frets to body12
Nut width1 13/16"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge materialebony
Fretboard Materialebony
Neck materialmahogany
Total frets20
Bracingx bracing
Serial No766
CaseOrig. Hard
Neck profileV