Richard Hoover, one of the driving luthiers behind Santa Cruz Guitar Co. started learning about guitar construction and repair in the late 1960's, using a combination of learning from more experienced builders, and eventually swapping ideas and techniques with some names who would go on to be leaders in the business, like Bob Taylor and Jean Larrivee (both of whom build guitars that we sell at Heartbreaker in the form of Taylor Guitarsand Larrivee Guitars). He also read a mountain of books on violin making, as his mom was a reference librarian. In 1976, Hoover was approached by some investors who wanted to start a acoustic guitar company. The name, Santa Cruz Guitar Co. was only originally supposed to be a place holder (a nod to the town they were based in, Santa Cruz, CA) but no name was ever found so they stuck with Santa Cruz Guitar Co. Their first model was dreadnought simply titled "D" with Koa back and sides.
In 1978, the companies one of the companies FTC model, a model featuring a flat top and an arched back, was bought by some guitar player by the name of Eric Clapton. By 1989, Richard Hoover would buy out the last of the initial investors in company, to take sole control. He has since maintained a commitment to keeping the company small so they could focus on making each instrument is the highest possible quality.
This beautiful OM is the straightforward OM. Sitka Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides. The difference? Santa Cruz Guitar Co. doesn't take anything for granted. They have poured over every detail to take a standard combination of tonewoods and body shape to the level of being a classic, enviable combination. This model shows why good luthier work matters.
This guitar is a real beauty, but also a tonal powerhouse. With a Sitka Spruce top, and Cocobolo back and sides, this thing's projection is amazing, and it has a rich, structured tone with balance a crossed the lows, mids, and highs. It is a beautiful piece from this amazing guitar company!