2000 Santa Cruz Tony Rice Pro Previously Owned Personally by Tony Rice ID-8570
2000 Santa Cruz Tony Rice Pro Previously Owned Personally by Tony Rice
Tony Rice stands amongst the greatest guitar players ever, regardless of musical genre. He spans the range of acoustic music from Bluegrass to jazz and even singer songwriter folk. To be sure, he is likely the single greatest innovator of flat picked acoustic music since the legendary Clarence White rewrote the book for us all. Tony has enjoyed a long and fruitful musical career alongside of master players such as JD Crowe, Norman Blake, and David “Dawg” Grisman. He has virtually re-written the rules for acoustic music with such classic albums as Manzanita, Devlin, Blake and Rice, and Tone Poems.
In the early 70's, Tony cemented a lifelong musical and personal friendship with mandolinist David Grisman. Dawg had begun to experiment with a deeper form of improvisation than standard Bluegrass fiddle tune chord changes offered. Tony decided to expand his knowledge of music and left the JD Crowe band to complete the now legendary David Grisman Quintet. Tony quickly befriended band mate, fiddle player Darol Anger. Darol was a friend of Richard Hoover and introduced the two. 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.
The first design for the Santa Cruz Tony Rice Signature model was produced that year, and continues to be offered in the Santa Cruz line today. Tony has constantly been a sounding board for his guitar’s design and a few of his instruments have been sold to the public in those years.
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.
Upon receiving any new Santa Cruz, Tony takes the guitar to his personal technician for a "special neck treatment." This involves removing all the finish and then working in a special finish that gives the feel of a well worn vintage neck. This treatment is a characteristic of all his guitars. He discusses this on his Homespun DVD set entitled, "The Tony Rice Guitar Method."
This particular instrument was one of Tony’s favorites, In a personal note which accompanies the guitar, he describes, "It has been my primary instrument since I received it. Notable recordings include the Peter Rowan / Tony Rice album "You Were There For Me" as the sole guitar used.
Tony goes on to mention "The neck has been re-shaped and re-finished. The fingerboard has been re-planed twice. The bridge and saddle have been replaced."
The German Spruce top has aged beautifully, while the neck is flat with very little relief, according to Tony’s low profile set-up requirements. This guitar even uses Tony's choice of string, D’Aquisto Steel strings! The figured Brazilian back and sides provides a growl to the instrument, along with clarity you won’t find on other guitars. Despite being used on numerous recordings, and public performances, it does not have as many dings and scratches that you might associate with a highly used instrument.
This guitar has some light dings and scratches, as the photos will indicate. The finish is chipped in a few places around the sound hole. The lacquer has a few finish cracks that are not through the wood, also pictured. Included is a personal letter from Tony to the consignor, which authenticates the instrument.
There is a small crack on top which has been repaired and is stable. There is a small crack which runs from the 15th to the 18th fret on the fret board, both can be seen in the detailed photos below. It has minor fret wear and includes a Custom Flight Case with Tony Rice Label.
- Serial: D2982R
- Top Wood: German Spruce
- Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 23/32"
- Scale: 25 1/4"
- Year: 2000
- Inlays: Mini SCGC Logo at 16th Fret and Center Side Dots
- Rosette: Herringbone with rings
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Bridge Pins: Ebony - Custom Pin Depth
- Tuners: Nickel Martin Tuners
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Body Binding: Ivoroid
- Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
- Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Dalmatian
- Backstrip: Zig Zag
- Headstock Shape: Solid Square
- Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Pronounced V w/.780 @ 3rd Fret, .920 @ 9th Fret. Less mass @ elbow of heel,
- Pickup(s): Tony would never use a pickup!
- Case: Custom Flight Case with Tony Rice Label