2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars
2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626 - Artisan Guitars

2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6626

2001 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Custom with Adirondack and Mahogany

Doc Watson, who owns the prototype of the Santa Cruz Vintage Artist, said, "This is the Dreadnought I've been looking for all my life." In 1991, Richard Hoover collaborated with vintage experts to identify the most desirable qualities of the iconic Pre-War D-18. Maestro Watson's contributions to the concept were born of an appreciation of the clarity of Mahogany's tone and his requirements for playability. At the time, Doc had put as many hours into Rockabilly on a Les Paul as he had on the Dreadnought. His lack of preoccupation with a particular vintage model played perfectly with SCGC's philosophy to 'combine, not copy.' After Doc's test pilot duties on the prototype, he offered this thoughtful testimonial: "Son, what do I have to do to keep this guitar?"

Richard Hoover at Santa Cruz presents this instrument as the tonal equal and technical superior to the most respected Pre-War guitars. To achieve the characteristic EQ and tone of the legendary Doc Watson, aka 'the Vintage Artist,' this instrument features an advanced, scalloped X-bracing for powerful bass, complimented by the clear tone and definition of master grade Mahogany, which is especially beautiful on this particular guitar.

This particular Vintage Artist has a very large sound that is nicely balanced. The clarity of the master grade mahogany back and sides instantly remind you of the famous D-18 sound we've all fallen in love with, all while adding a little something extra to the sound. Combined with an exceptional Adirondack top, the low end is very lush and powerful... much more present than many mahogany backed guitars. This particular Adirondack top can handle some pretty heavy flatpicking while maintaining impressive headroom.

This 2001 Santa Cruz VA is in excellent condition with only minor scratches on the top, back and sides as shown in the detailed photos below. There is very minor fretwear on the B string and it includes the original hardshell case.

Specifications:

  • Serial: 3581
  • Top Wood: Adirondack
  • Back Wood: Mahogany
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  • Scale: 25 3/8"
  • Year: 2001
  • Inlays: 4mm, 3mm, 2mm dots
  • Rosette: Ivoroid
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly with Ivoroid Buttons
  • Purfling: Herringbone
  • Body Binding: Ivoroid
  • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
  • Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
  • Pickguard: Dalmation Style
  • Backstrip: Zipper
  • Headstock Shape: Solid Square
  • Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: SCGC Logo
  • Frets To Body: 14
  • Neck Profile: Custom "C" Shape Profile
  • Body Depth: 3.5-4.875"
  • Lower Bout Width: 15.5"
  • Upper Bout Width: 11.125"
  • Waist: 10.5"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Pickup(s): Highlander IP-1
  • Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
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