Santa Cruz Guitar Marks 40th Anniversary with Ghost Oak and Limited Edition FTC Models

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company turns 40 this year, and to celebrate the guitar maker is rolling out a one-of-a-kind H/13 Ghost Oak model and a limited-edition rebirth of the classic SCGC FTC model.

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company always strives to bring something truly unique to the NAMM show, but this year, to celebrate their 40th anniversary, they are going all out with 11,000 year old tone woods and the rebirth of a classic SCGC model.

Richard Hoover, owner and founding luthier of SCGC, was gifted a set of 8,000 year old Oak from the Czech Republic, and paired it with a 3,000 year old set of Ancient Sitka Spruce to create a stunning, one- of-a-kind H/13 model that has been lovingly nicknamed ‘The Ghost Oak.’ Glacial upheaval, plate tectonics and incomprehensible volumes of moving water created and moved the sand that buried the Ghost Oaks for nearly 8000 years. A nearly anaerobic entombment kept the integrity of the original timber intact, save for the gradual oxidation that colored the oak a smoky silver blue. This incredibly rare material was gifted to Richard by Roman Zajíček, master luthier of the Czech Republic, whose shop lies within hours of the Ghost Oak’s resting place at the bottom of a sand mine.

The Ancient Sitka Spruce fell to the whimsy of a climatic shift three thousand years ago, and was preserved in the resulting permafrost. It likely attained 200 feet in height and over 10 feet in diameter, after the better part of a thousand years of growth. The warming of the Alaskan seasons allowed a gradual thawing of this time traveler, perfect for maintaining its integrity and perfect timing to be discovered by noted Alaska pioneer of responsible harvest, Brent Cole.

The guitar still in production right now, and already looks quite striking before the finish process. The accompanying photos show the raw wood before the finish process has begun. The guitar will be adorned with Snakewood appointments, including Snakewood bindings, overlay and century blocks in the fingerboard, to highlight the natural beauty of the wood. The Ghost Oak has layers of texture and figuring, and the Ancient Spruce is eerily blue in color. The guitar will be on display throughout the entire Winter NAMM show in Anaheim.

2016 will also see the rebirth of the SCGC FTC model. Richard and his luthiers had such a wonderful time restoring a 1980s FTC for Eric Clapton last year that they’ve decided to bring that rare SCGC model back for a limited run of 12 guitars in 2016. #1 or 12 will be featured at the NAMM show, and they will release one a month after that for the entire calendar year, available at select SCGC dealers.

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