2007 Santa Cruz 1942 DSS Custom Adirondack Spruce and Highly Figured Koa ID-7065
Santa Cruz 1942 DSS Custom
The Dreadnought: the design that introduced boutique lutherie. In the early 1970's, it was the rare player who would consider any guitar smaller than a dreadnought. Stellar players were handicapped by the traditional D's predominate bass and thin trebles. The strength of the typical dreadnought guitar is in its power and volume, which are achieved by the guitar's large body size. The increased air space also gives the instrument a predisposition to the bass range, an asset to some playing styles and a detriment to others.
The Santa Cruz Guitar Company Dreadnought Model was carefully conceived to accommodate the modern player's need for sophisticated balance with more substance in midrange and treble. To deliver these qualities in the acceptable dreadnought-sized body required a very non-traditional approach, as compared to the factory offerings of the day. Using time honored lutherie skills, SCGC created a Trojan Horse - familiar on the outside, dangerous on the inside. SCGC's innovative D Model remains a mainstay of artists who require acoustic volume without compromising the quality of higher frequencies.
The Santa Cruz DSS Model has a unique tapered bracing, voiced to enhance the midrange and treble without compromising the bass volume. This voicing gives the DSS Model a more even balance and a greater versatility than traditionally braced dreadnoughts.
This custom Santa Cruz DSS features a beautiful set of highly figured Koa back and sides paired with an exquisite Adirondack Spruce top. The full 45 style inlays only add to the collect-ability and uniqueness of this phenomenal instrument. The sound is absolutely sublime.
Tonally, Adirondack is even more dynamic than Sitka spruce, with a higher ceiling for volume. The payoff is the ability to drive an Adirondack top hard and hear it get louder and louder without losing clarity; it’s hard to overplay it. It has lots of headroom to strum the guitar aggressively without distorting. It also has a high Overtone content. For strumming and flatpicking you can't beat Red Spruce.
Highly figured Koa is a prized tonewood for both its beauty and influence on sound. Koa produces a warm rich sound – somewhere between the darker sounds that Rosewood guitars produce and the clean bright sound of a Maple guitar. Increasingly, Koa is becoming difficult and very expensive to obtain in master-grade sets. This wood is likely to see a dramatic rise in price over the next several years. The wood is native to, and only grows on the islands of Hawaii.
Not only does this guitar have incredible tone it also features many custom elegant appointments such as an Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay with pearl "SCGC" logo, 1 3/4" nut width, ebony fingerboard with progressive size snail shell dots, Turtleoid binding and line type top purfling and rosette, Scalloped top brace voicing in the manner of the loose 1942 style, Ebony bridge with 2 3/16" string spacing, Black line backstrip, and Ebony bridge pins with pearl dot.
This 2007 Santa Cruz DSS is in excellent condition, with just a few minor scratches to the top, back, and sides none of which are through the finish. There is one dint on the top of peghead. All wear can be seen in the detailed photos below. It has very minor fretwear and includes the original Ameritage hardshell case.
- Serial: 5568
- Top Wood: Adirondack
- Back Wood: Highly Figured Koa
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Year: 2007
- Bracing: Tapered
- Inlays: 1942 Style Snail Shell FB Inlays
- Rosette: Violin Purfle Combo
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16"
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly / Butterbeans
- Purfling: B/W/B
- Body Binding: Tortoise
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Backstrip: Black Line
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Brazilian
- Headstock Inlay: SCGC Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: 1934
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included