Crafted from old-growth Mahogany harvested, air dried, and stored since the 1920's, the '34 D Mahogany has earned it's right of passage in belonging to the same dynasty as the Santa Cruz '34 D Brazilian.
Perhaps more Martin-esque than any powerhouse dreadnought from the Santa Cruz stables until now, the '34 D Mahogany will most assuredly become legendary with future collectors and discerning players.
Formula: Old growth Mahogany + old growth Adirondack + nitro top finish + hide glue construction + adirondack bracing... Add a bit of magic dust from Richard Hoover's gifted hands = A rocket ship from the past! What a blast!!
As described in detail, by the founder of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, Richard Hoover - "Wood does get better with age. Most certainly when is comes to resonance. The polymerization of resins over decades, once the wood is removed from the living tree, is one of the secrets to the superior tone of antique violins and guitars. This process turns sticky tree sap into sparklingly vibrant, crystal-like transmitters of sound.
Santa Cruz Guitar Company puts this phenomenon to practical use in the 1934 D Mahogany Model. These instrument are made from woods harvested in the golden age of lutherie prior to the mid 20th century.
The perfect quality Mahogany back and sides were retrieved from 50 plus years of storage from a barn in New England. Originally procured from the highest grade old lumber and dimensioned for the Dagger Boards of vintage sailing prams it was then "put up" to season. Our colleague had worked on the acquisition of this material for many years before securing it. This timber is the quality reverently referred to by wood aficionados as Caribbean or Cuban.
A parallel source for the D '34M edition is a limited stock of the same kind of true Mahogany resurrected from the Bronx workshop of the master cabinet maker for the NYC schools in the first half of the 20th century. Both examples are of a density and tone quality not to be found in contemporary fast growing trees or managed forests. It is the perfect match between our philosophy of using responsibly harvested timbers and the best possible tone woods. To this ideal combination we add the tonal benefit of decades of seasoning and the tension free techniques of historical lutherie to deliver an exceptional instrument worthy of comparison to the 1934 originals.."
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Back and Sides: Old Growth Mahogany
- Backstrip: Zipper
- Binding: Double Bound Ivoroid w/Side Purfle
- Rosette: Vintage Style Ivoroid
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Bracing: Advanced X/Scalloped
- Adirondack Braces with Hot Hide Glue
- Solid Peghead
- Peghead Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Peghead Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
- Headstock Inlay: none
- Neck Shape: Low Profile
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale Length: 25 1/4"
- Fretboard Inlay: SCGC Mini @ 16th Fret
- Ebony Fingerboard and Belly Bridge
- Fingerboard Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
- Finish: Vintage Varnish Colored Tint (Nitrocellulose Laquer)
- Pickguard: Dalmatian
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly with Oval Buttons
- Body Length: 20"
- Body Depth: 4.875"
- Number of Frets: 22
- Frets Clear of the Body: 14
- Lower Bout: 15.5"
- Waist: 10.5"
- Upper Bout: 11.125"