2009 Santa Cruz 1934D Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce Audio Included ID-6603
2009 Santa Cruz 1934D Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce Audio Included
A Santa Cruz 1934D featuring old growth Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce has made it to our store as a pre-owned instrument. This particular guitar is the exact guitar featured on Santa Cruz's own website, not a similar guitar... the exact guitar!
The late 1930s were a exhilarating era for guitars, one that hasn't quite been repeated. It was the dawn of the 14 fret dreadnought, a concept that has since been used time and time again - but never in with the same magic. Much of this is due to the available wood at the time. Pieces of Brazilian rosewood and Adirondack red spruce cut in that period and prior evolved, over time, into something spectacular. The secret to the desirable tone of vintage instruments lies in aged wood (crystallized resins) and the relaxation of tensions built in during manufacturing. So, to sum it up, it's not just the species of wood - but the era in which it grew and was cut, and the method in which you build it.
That is where the basis for Santa Cruz's 1934 D comes in. Not only replicating the methods and techniques used in the 1930s, but using pieces of wood cut then as well. Each piece of Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce were cut in the 1930s - that's over 75 years of aging and crystallizing to allow the intense, balanced, rich, and unbelievably loud tone that Brazilian and Adirondack together are known for to shine. According to Richard Hoover, the Brazilian used on this guitar was downed using a method abandoned by about 1950; dating it to as early as the 1930s. Based on the growth rings, the living tree itself was over 150 years old.
Once prepared for construction, the 1934 D is pieced together using hot hide glue - an appropriate glue for the 30s that sets like glass. The use of hide glue adds to the resonance and "punch" associated with vintage dreadnoughts. Make no mistake about it; this isn't "like" a vintage guitar, boys and girls - this IS a vintage guitar. It just so happens it was made in this century.
The folks at Santa Cruz don't feel it necessary to appoint the 1934 D with well-to-do fanciness - they let the wood do the talking. It does, however, have some subtle touches that help you get into a vintage frame of mind. The body is double bound in ivoroid, the back features a "zipper" stripe down the center, and the top is graced with the classic Dalmatian style pickguard. All of these little touches simply add to the overall feel without detracting from the task at hand.
This 1934D includes the original Ameritage hardshell case. If you have been eyeing one of the many that has made it through our store, this is your chance to buy a practically new 1934D at a great pre-owned price! Before you know it, there won't be anymore guitars from this incredible series.
There is a dent on the top of the guitar, as pictured. Additionally pictured is the small scratch on the upper bout of the back. There is minor fretwear on the b and e strings at the 1st - 4th frets. There are some fine finish scratches on the front of the headstock from string changes. The saddle was replaced by Santa Cruz to make the action higher. Santa Cruz has professionally installed Nickel Waverly tuners.
- Serial: 5789
- Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
- Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25 1/4"
- Year: 2009
- Bracing: Adirondack Scalloped/Advanced X w/ Hot Hide Glue
- Inlays: SCGC Mini at 16th Fret
- Rosette: Vintage Style Ivoroid
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone Cut-Through Saddle
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Body Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
- Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
- Headstock Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Dalmatian
- Backstrip: Zipper
- Headstock Shape: Solid Square
- Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Low Profile with Volute
- Body Depth: 3.5-4.875"
- Lower Bout Width: 15.5"
- Upper Bout Width: 11.125"
- Waist: 10.5"
- Body Length: 20"
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included