Santa Cruz FS Walnut
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