The The Banjo Killer is a slope shouldered dreadnought with a premium bearclaw Sitka spruce top and figured mahogany back and sides. The guitar is modeled after Bryan Sutton’s famous Bourgeois dubbed the “Banjo Killer". The fingerboard and belly bridge are figured ziricote wood. The Tor-tis pickguard is handmade, and the bridge pins are ebony with abalone dots. The tuners are Nickel Waverly with ivoroid buttons. Here's what IBMA "Guitar Player of the Year" Bryan Sutton has to say about the guitar: "From the first time I played the Slope-D Bourgeois that would come to be known as the "Banjo Killer", I was amazed at the range of tone and volume the guitar could produce. The guitar always seems to be to able to handle any dynamic level of play. I can hear the guitar clearly in a loud jam session without feeling like I have to overplay and also enjoy a full and sustained tone when I want to play softly.” Dana Bourgeois has this to say: "The BK Slope D has a deep, broad tone. Through wood selection and voicing, we push it in the direction of a bigger bottom end, a "lush" top end, and greater volume, similar to the characteristics of Bryan's original Banjo Killer. When I first started making slope shouldered dreadnoughts, I went for something as different as possible from the balanced and focused sound of my standard . The Banjo Killer gets me back to that original idea."
Bourgeois Advanced Sloped D
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Earlier in 2017 we introduced "The Standard" Series, inspired by stylings from the prewar era. Dana then began to wonder what our Advanced Slope D, a fancier, rosewood, long scale version of the Slope D, might look like with Standard Series appointments. After realizing that none of our existing inlays quite worked, a new inlay pattern became the design element around which a re-imagined model emerged.
“Rosewood jumbos had a punchier, more focused response than their short-scale, mahogany counterparts.” Dana remarked. “They might not have received as much attention, but they were well-suited for certain styles of high octane hillbilly music. You’ll sometimes see them in pictures of early bluegrass and country bands.”
Unfortunately this guitar was accidentally knocked over by a customer and has 2 small nicks on the top and a ghost line from buffing them, so we are discounting it by $600.00.
We will post new pictures showing the imperfections.
Bourgeois OMS Wood Deluxe
2018 Summer NAMM Special. Figured English Walnut , Redwood top, Cocobolo binding, long scale 12 fret ebony fretboard by with Abalone inlays, 1 3/4" nut width, Ebony Bridge with bone pins, Animal Protein glue, AT Torrefied bracing, Build date 6/19,18
Bourgeois JOM Cutaway
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Bourgeois JOM Cutaway in Mahogany , with a bear claw sitka spruce top. Tortoise binding, Ebony head stock veneer, 14 fret ebony fret board, 1 23/32 nut width, long scale.
Huss & Dalton Custom DS Cocobolo
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This slope-shouldered guitar is designed for brawny power. Big in sound but not short on clarity, this guitar is a nod to the traditional slope-shoulder guitars of the 1930s and ’40s. This custom DS is Cocobolo back and sides, torrefied sitka top. The DS comes standard with a beautiful vintage sunburst, maple bindings, and 42-style snowflake fretboard inlays and large sound hole.The neck is a custom 1 11/16 nut and a low profile. This guitar plays as good as it looks.
Santa Cruz FS Walnut
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Santa Cruz Fingerstyle
Santa Cruz Fingerstyle Guitar
“Richard Hoover’s passion for the acoustic guitar gave rise to a burning desire to discover how they were made and equally important, how they worked. In 1968, there was absolutely no information on the construction of the acoustic steel string guitars. In pre-Internet days, the other independent pioneers of guitar building may just as well have been on other planets.
Copying the assemblies of the important brands was straightforward, compared to truly controlling the guitar’s voice. Hoover turned to the printed body of knowledge on centuries of violin refinement as the sole source of the true way. Herein lay the key for taking his favored instrument out of the realm of the factories and into the enlightened practice of traditional lutherie.”
Today, Richard Hoover and Santa Cruz Company celebrate 40 years of building some of the industry’s most treasured and sought after instruments. Staying true to their history, Santa Cruz guitars are still crafted one instrument at a time in sunny California. With their focus on quality and tonal excellence, they have won over the hearts of players the world over. With players like Eric Clapton, Eric Skye, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, and Brad Paisley touting their craftsmanship, it is clear that Richard has accomplished what he set out to do in 1968; build the most sophisticated guitars available.
The Santa Cruz Fingerstyle Model was designed in response to the renaissance of alternate tunings for complex fingerstyle arrangements. Tacoma and Windham Hill labels provided the showcase for these new and sophisticated steel string explorers who were attempting to express themselves on booming dreadnoughts. Will Ackerman, Robbie Basho, Daniel Hecht, Duck Baker and Michael Hedges all looked to SCGC for the teams’ expertise in achieving custom tone to make an instrument with the perfect voice for this new style. With input from the pros, the tiny SCGC team at the time, which included Jeff Traugott, Michael Hornick and Steve Palazzo, stepped up to the challenge with this concept: design and build a specialty fingerstyle instrument that responds with immediacy and volume to the minimized energy imparted from fingertips and the reduced tension of many open tunings. Give it a contemporary aesthetic of simple elegance and complexity of tone that the player can not outgrow. Twenty-five years and numerous awards and accolades later, The Fretboard Journal credits the Santa Cruz FS as the inspiration for the guitar designs of some of the brightest lights in contemporary lutherie and a strong influence on major manufacturers. The FS is a truly sophisticated instrument that will allow the best possible presentation of your fingerstyle technique.
This custom FS model was designed with fingerstyle players in mind. Featuring a Cedar top, and Walnut back and sides, this FS is balanced from top to bottom with crystal clear note definition. Featuring a delicate offset of blue purfle against the top and subtle Indian Rosewood bindings, this guitar steps away from the norm. Take a look at our full gallery of photographs and listen to our recording above for more about the classic FS model.
Blue Purfle Combo
Blue Purfle Combo
Solid, F Style
Width at Nut
Width at 14th Fret
Back & Sides
510 Delta Gotoh Gold w/Ebony Button
Santa Cruz OM PW Cocobolo
Santa Cruz OM/PW Cocobolo Back and Sides with Sunburst Sitka Spruce Top
This OM/PW is a beautiful example of Santa Cruz's legendary Pre-War bracing, making this guitar sound like a time machine while still retaining the Santa Cruz balance and clarity. The light amber sunburst is done to perfection and makes this Santa Cruz OM/PW really stand out from the standard models.
This OM/PW features a sitka spruce top and Cocobolo back and sides.
Between the simple charm and old world tone, this guitar is sure to win over any player (Brad Paisley will agree). The Sitka spruce top drives for the light and heavy handed, being a good multi-style instrument. Fingerstyle players will enjoy the definition of chordal passages, while flat-pickers will adore the bass response and quick note attack. Elegant and refined, Black bindings with B/W purfling make this guitar pop with that classic look.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides: Select Cocobolo
- Fingerboard & Bridge Material: Ebony
- Inlay: 42
- Binding (body only): Maple
- Purfling (top): B/W
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale Length: 25 3/8"
- Bracing: Pre-War Forward X
- Sun-Burst: Amber
- Tuners: Gotoh
- Nut and Saddle: Bone
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
Go ahead and take a look at some of our other high quality Santa Cruz Guitars
Take a minute to learn about the rich and interesting history of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company
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Madagascar Rosewood, Alpine Spruce beveled armrest, OHSC, only flaw is one small scratch , too small to show in photo.
Beautiful bright Lowden tone, Natural Lowden satin finish, 1 3/4" nut.
The 50 series can be regarded as the Lowden Custom Shop. This is where dreams come true as you have a wide range of exquisite mastergrade tonewoods and custom options at your disposal. These Master Grade tone woods are handpicked for their exceptional tonal and visual qualities.
The F-model offers the most balanced sound of all Lowden body shapes, a perfect match for the signature Lowden complex, rich and piano-like character. Also in it's appearance this is a thouroughly convincing instrument, custom additions include a highly figured Madagascar Rosewood, armrest bevel. Travels in it's original Hiscox hardsdhell case.
Bourgeois Small Jumbo Vintage
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14 FRET 25” SCALE
Medium sized, with “short scale” playability.
Great things happen when the right combination of top surface area, air cavity volume and scale length come together. Shorter and wider than the JOM, and perfectly suited for the 25” scale length, the comfortable and versatile Small Jumbo is our most popular medium sized model. A fat guitar with a shorter scale is an electric player’s crossover dream. This one couldn’t be better for rockin’ that Everly Brothers feel with a nice tight rhythm sound, or for country, country blues, fingerpicking pop, you name it! Rich, clean and loud, with ample presence that fits nicely in the mix--studio or live.
Fretboard14 Fret EbonyNut Width1 23/32Scale Length25”Waist9 1/2”Lower Bout Width15 3/8”Body Length19 1/4”Total Length39 1/4”
Huss & Dalton D-RH
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Our radius topped dreadnoughts are designed with the player in mind who admires the power of the flat top, but desires a bit more balance in the tone than the traditional design displays. Coming in both round and square shoulder shapes, these instruments excel at balance. Their tone avoids the slightly scooped mid range of the flat tops, making it often cut through the muck of an ensemble with ease.