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Santa Cruz GuitarsRichard Hoover’s passion for the acoustic guitar gave rise to a burning desire to discover how they were made and equally important, how they worked. In 1968, there was absolutely no information on the construction of the acoustic steel string guitars. In pre-Internet days, the other independent pioneers of guitar building may just as well have been on other planets.

Copying the assemblies of the important brands was straightforward, compared to truly controlling the guitar’s voice. Hoover turned to the printed body of knowledge on centuries of violin refinement as the sole source of the true way. Herein lay the key for taking his favored instrument out of the realm of the factories and into the enlightened practice of traditional lutherie. The quest included independent experimentation, the grace of mentors, countless repairs, restorations and the construction of numerous guitars and carved-top mandolins.

Throughout the process, a concept grew. If I try to figure this out by myself it will take forever. This simple  frustration, voiced by Richard, would have a profound effect on the future of steel string guitar making. If I hold true to the principals and ethics of lutherie traditions, I can work as a team with others to accelerate the learning curve without compromise. This became the mission statement for the beginnings of boutique lutherie and the inspiration for the Santa Cruz Guitar Co.

We know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that through practice and study we will pursue ongoing improvement. Each of us has become masterful in our current specialties and collectively we embody nearly two hundred years of expertise. By adhering to the principles of physics and the tried and true practices of lutherie, SCGC guarantees the most sophisticated instrument of its kind. We will assure maximum sustain and complexity of overtones and maintain consistency of balance and tone specific to each of our standard models. To accommodate the subjective nature and personal requirements of EQ, tone and presence, we offer our considerable talents to deliver exactly what you need in a custom instrument.

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HT/13 | Santa Cruz Guitars

Happy Traum plays and discusses his new signature model guitar.

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Santa Cruz HT/13

A beautiful signature model for folk legend Happy Traum.

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Catfish Keith and Richard Hoover | Santa Cruz Guitars

The blues guitarist discusses his signature model with Santa Cruz founder Richard Hoover and Peghead Nation's Teja Gerken during a Facebook Live session.

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Join Richard Hoover and Catfish Keith | Santa Cruz Guitars | Facebook Live, Friday, February 12

The blues master and Santa Cruz Guitars founder talk about the Catfish Special guitar and much more!

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A True Custom Shop | Santa Cruz Guitars

Eight Santa Cruz dealers discuss how they help their customers order their dream guitars.

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Santa Cruz’s Richard Hoover and Eric Skye

A conversation between the Santa Cruz founder and signature artist from a recent Peghead Nation Facebook Live event.

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Join Richard Hoover and Eric Skye of Santa Cruz Guitars on Facebook Live, Friday, December 11

Peghead Nation hosts the Santa Cruz Guitars founder and one of their signature artists live on Facebook, Friday, December 11 at 3 PM Pacific Time, for a special conversation.

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1997 Santa Cruz OM

Bruce Molsky demonstrates his touring guitar.

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Eric Skye “Chinquapin Hunting” | Santa Cruz Guitars

Eric Skye flatpicks the well-known fiddle tune on his Santa Cruz signature model.

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James Nash: “Jack-A-Roe” | Doc Watson Tribute | Santa Cruz Guitars

The guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the Waybacks pays homage to Doc Watson with a medley of "Bright Sunny South" and “Jack-A-Roe,” a traditional song that became a mainstay of the Greatful Dead.

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Eric Skye and Jamie Stillway | Santa Cruz Guitars

Eric Skye and Jamie Stillway play Skye's original "Kathryn By the Delaware"

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Santa Cruz Legends in Lutherie FS

A stunning redwood and mahogany guitar, built in collaboration with Heartbreaker Guitars.

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company Shop Visit, Part 2

Santa Cruz’s Richard Hoover and Carolyn Sills discuss the process of ordering a custom guitar.

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company Shop Visit

Santa Cruz co-founder Richard Hoover discusses the company’s approach to building a custom instrument.

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Santa Cruz OM Grand 12-String

A powerful 12-String from California’s custom guitar specialists.

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Carolyn Sills Combo, “Feleena” | LR Baggs

The Western Swing group plays a song from their forthcoming album “Return to El Paso,” a celebration of the Marty Robbins hit song from 1959.

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Santa Cruz OM Custom

A contemporary OM with a cedar top and walnut back and sides.

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Santa Cruz OM Custom

An Orchestra Model built with spectacular Brazilian rosewood.

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Santa Cruz Catfish Special

An all-mahogany 0-size 12-fret made for blues guitarist Catfish Keith

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Santa Cruz Brad Paisley (B/PW)

A signature model dreadnought for country star Brad Paisley.

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Santa Cruz OO-Skye

Eric Skye demonstrates his 00-size Santa Cruz signature model.

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Santa Cruz Otis Taylor Chicago

The Santa Cruz signature model for bluesman Otis Taylor is all about mahogany.

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Santa Cruz FTC 40th Anniversary

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Richard Hoover Among Giants

A short film about the history of Santa Cruz Guitars, with the founder of the company, Richard Hoover.

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