2000 Santa Cruz PJ Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce Parlor Guitar ID-5645
2000 Santa Cruz PJ Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce Parlor Guitar
The Santa Cruz PJ's parlor-style body was the pinnacle of the art of guitar making up until the late 19th century. This was the optimal size for tonal perfection. The reason guitars got bigger was to make them louder. With amplification and modern recording techniques, we can once again embrace sound quality over sound quantity. The PJ is all about pure tonal sophistication. Every tried and true technique of lutherie is used to enable this guitar to fulfill one's creative spirit. Genuine and elegant presence comes from each position on the fretboard, while a 24-inch scale and 12 frets to the body make the PJ effortless to play. This instrument holds songs, compositions and possibilities to last a lifetime.
This particular PJ was built with Brazilian Rosewood and has gorgeous figuring on it, not to mention incredible tone! Brazilian Rosewood is an extremely rare tonewood with deep bass and brilliant trebles that was used on the famous vintage guitars we have all grown to love. An international trade embargo on Brazilian rosewood products guarantees that the relatively few sets remaining in this country will continue to spiral in price as the supply dwindles. Brazilian brings remarkable darkness, depth, and warmth; while exhibiting glorious overtones across the entire tonal spectrum.
The customizations don't stop there though...a gorgeous abalone backstrip and rosette along with an ebony peghead binding and fretboard binding add to the elegance of this petite beauty. Also included are custom gold Waverly tuners, a Brazilian headstock overlay to match the back and sides, a "D" model purfle line, and an ebony heel cap.
A sitka spruce top makes for a very versatile guitar, whether played with fingers or a pick. Sitka is very warm with rich basses and doesn't require as much strength to pull the tone out of the guitar. This guitar is highly responsive and virtually plays itself with even the lightest pick attack. The round profile neck shape fits comfortably in your hand and makes for hours of effortless playing.
This guitar has some spots in the finish that are of undetermined origin. There are approximately 6 on the back, and 4 on the sides. These are difficult to notice in person. They are approx 1/8" in diameter and one is pictured in the detail photograph. There is a ding in the top binding, also shown. There are some scuff marks on the back binding near the heelcap, also pictured. There is a dent on the corner of the headstock as well as on the side. Hardshell case included.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Year: 2000
- Serial: 71
- Round Neck Profile
- 40/60 Gold Waverly Tuners
- D Model Purfling
- Ebony Heelcap
- Ebony Peghead and Fingerboard Binding
- Abalone Backstrip and Rosette
- Brazilian Rosewood Headstock Overlay
- Headstock Inlay: SCGC Logo
- Side Dots: Black
- Inlay: 2mm Dots
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24"
- Body Length: 18"
- Body Depth: 3.875"
- Number of Frets: 19
- Frets Clear to the Body: 12
- Lower Bout: 12.375"
- Waist: 7.25"
- Upper Bout: 8.75"
- Hardshell Case Included