1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars
1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818 - Artisan Guitars

1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818

1999 Santa Cruz Model D (Tony Rice) Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce ID-5818

The Tony Rice Model from Santa Cruz represents over 30 years of collaboration between the world's foremost flatpicking icon and SCGC's founding luthier, Richard Hoover. Richard asked if he could design Tony a custom instrument that would benefit his playing and tonal requirements, and there began a lifelong friendship in 1979. Check out the specs on this Santa Cruz Model D.

Today's TR model incorporates decades of refinement in response to players' demands and the sophisticated evolution of the master's technique. The TR Model is voiced to showcase his stellar lead work with influences from Clarence White to John Coltrane. Tony's guitars delivers exactly what the contemporary flatpicking artist needs: substantial treble and midrange for rapid single-line lead, clean note separation for definition and the traditional bass boom without the woofy bottom end of some of the venerable Pre-war dreadnoughts.

Tony's instrument preferences came from years of playing his favorite guitar, Clarence White’s 1935 D-28. When Clarence’s father purchased the guitar from McCabe’s in California, this guitar was almost destroyed. Clarence’s father had the shop replace the fingerboard with a Gretsch fingerboard that had pre-cut fret slots, hence Tony’s preference for the in-between scale of 25 1/4 inches... not as long as a Martin long scale 25.9” and not as short as a Gibson 24 ¾” scale.

This gorgeous version of a TR is actually not called a TR Pro, rather a Custom D, as it was built to Tony's personal specifications for his Martin guitar. The back and sides are Brazilian, and let us stress that none of us, let alone many people in the world have seen Brazilian this straight! Only 4 sets of this phenomenal Brazilian exist, as only 4 of these guitars were ever built. All the labels were signed by Tony Rice himself, as he also received one of these for his personal use.

The sound is absolutely sublime. The European top provides plenty of power, however, this instrument's power lies in it's subtlety and finesse. Barely touch it and you will be rewarded with a clear bass response that you can feel in your chest. Single note lines are round in profile, yet defined. It is as if the overtones know exactly when to get out of the way of the next overtone! Strummed chordal passages are defined yet lush, a natural by product of the Brazilian back and sides. Most players go most of their lives with being able to play an instrument such as this. You will not be disappointed in the playability, nor the tone of this guitar. As it carries a 12 year old build date, one would expect that this would have more signs of wear, yet the marks are so slight, and consist of some light finish scratches near the upper side of the sound hole, and two small marks on the back of the neck that are shown in the detailed photograph. Original hardshell case included.

Specifications:

  • Serial: 2460R
  • Top Wood: European Spruce
  • Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Scale: 25.25"
  • Year: 1999
  • Bracing: Scalloped
  • Inlays: SCGC logo at the 12th Fret
  • Rosette: Herringbone
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Bridge: Ebony Belly
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly
  • Purfling: Herringbone
  • Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Fretboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Headstock Binding: None
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Backstrip: Zipper
  • Headstock Shape: Solid Square
  • Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: None
  • Frets To Body: 14
  • Neck Profile: V with Volute
  • Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
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