2009 Santa Cruz F Custom Black Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood with Calton Case ID-6643
2009 Santa Cruz F Custom Black Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood with Calton Case
Some SCGC models are designed for specific genres like bluegrass, fingerstyle or rhythm. The Santa Cruz F Model’s intent is versatility. Recording, performing and composing with picks or nails on the same instrument is a necessity for many of us. When your repertoire also demands full dynamics from subtle to bold, you needn’t settle nor compromise on your presentation if you have the proper tool.
Santa Cruz' ability to control the EQ of the F is the secret to avoiding boominess, while maintaining impressive acoustic volume and giving an articulate voice to fingerstyle playing and open tunings. The F Model is a favorite of performing songwriters. Its classic shape and design make it a popular choice for 12 string, cutaway, custom finish and inlay options.
This guitar features a Sitka Spruce top over Indian Rosewood back and sides, finished off with a custom high gloss black finish. The tone is immediately responsive to fingerstyle and light strumming while being able to withstand moderate flatpicking and strumming with ease.
Sitka has a lower stiffness-to-weight ratio than Adirondack Red Spruce. A positive side-effect of this more flexible soundboard is that it doesn't require as much strength (or string attack) to produce it's signature balanced sonic tone. A player with a lighter attack or even fingerstyle players will find Sitka Spruce much more suited to their playing style.
The Indian Rosewood back and sides provides a deep, extended low end when compared to mahogany and certainly shines when combined with Colling's masterfully tuned Select Sitka top. This particular set of Indian Rosewood is not only beautiful, it provides a perfect tone and volume for all styles of play. The low end is clear, distinct and incredibly powerful, without sacrificing the strong high end.
The custom Black finish is gorgeously appointed with an Abalone Rosette, ebony fretboard and bridge finished off with custom Abalone Star inlays. The body, fretboard and headstock are bound in ivoroid with a Style 29 backstrip on the back. Truly a beautiful combination and artistic finish on a fantastic guitar!
Like most all Santa Cruz, this guitar has more than ample volume and presence. This Custom F is a natural strummer, with clear chords that sound remarkably balanced with all the power you could ever hope for. Fingerstyle lines are also quite nice, offering a surprising amount of headroom from an Sitka topped guitar.
This instrument includes the D-TAR Wave-Length pickup system. The Wave-Length combines a thin, piezo under-saddle transducer with an 18v, low-noise, high input impedance preamp, to create a system with twice the dynamic range of typical 9v systems. The 18v preamp is powered by two “AA” batteries. With 18 volts, your signal has more headroom, so hard strumming won’t distort as easily. The preamp has an input for a second source, like a magnetic pickup or a soundboard transducer.
Two adjustable trim pots, one low frequency shelving and one high frequency shelving, allow you to fine tune and “set and forget” the bass and treble frequencies to optimize the Wave-Length for your instrument’s size and shape; enabling you transparently amplify the natural timbre of your acoustic guitar with minimal coloration.
Additionally, this instrument comes with a Calton Case. Calton Cases makes the world’s finest instrument cases for the world’s finest instruments. Their database contains hundreds of different instrument patterns. Calton Case' hand make each case individually. The exterior shell uses custom re-enforced composite, the interior is constructed using the exact dimensions of your instrument, enveloping it in the highest grade & density foam and finished in the custom velour of your choice. The result is a perfect custom fit that provides the maximum level of protection available, in the color combination that matches you & your instrument. It is the perfect & proven solution for professional touring musicians.
This 2009 Santa Cruz F Custom Black Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood with Calton Case has been played and has some scratches and dings as expected from a high gloss black finish. You can view most of the wear in the detailed photos below. It has minor fretwear and includes a custom Calton Case which has a few scratches as well.
We have also included production pictures of the guitar, that were thoughtfully included by the original owner. This shows the progress of the guitar, and the natural grain of the Sitka and the Indian Rosewood, before adding the gloss black finish!
- Serial: 1084
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25.4"
- Year: 2009
- Bracing: Tapered
- Inlays: Custom Stars Fretboard and Bridge
- Rosette: Abalone Rosette
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Compensated Bone
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Abalone Dots
- Tuners: Chrome Gotoh Chrome 510
- Body Binding: Ivoroid
- Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
- Headstock Binding: I/I/I
- Pickguard: Tortoise
- Backstrip: S29
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: SCGC Mini
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Round
- Body Depth: 3.375-4.375"
- Lower Bout Width: 15.875"
- Upper Bout Width: 11.25"
- Waist: 9"
- Body Length: 20 1/16"
- Case: Calton Hardshell Case