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From Santa Cruz:
What's up with thirteen frets? The historical precedent for this classic shape was the Gibson 'Nick Lucas Special' from the 1920s and '30s, the one Bob Dylan holds in early photos. The "H" designation is an acknowledgement to the guardian of the lore of all things vintage and stringed, Maestro Paul Hostetter, who commissioned SCGC to build the prototype in 1978. In spite of the question of whether the historic 13 frets to the body had any basis in acoustic science, our reason for using it does.
SCGC's concept for the H13 is to achieve power beyond what would be expected in a small-bodied guitar. Two fundamental lutherie tricks make this possible: a longer string length (more downward pressure at the saddle) and more air space via a deeper body (increased volume and bass response). To place the bridge in the optimal position for power and maintain the longer string length, the neck needs to join the body at the 13th fret. Cool, huh? This is a gorgeous classic with power and presence expected from a much larger instrument. Perfect for aggressive fingerstyle blues and vocal accompaniment, the H-13 feels really sweet to hold.
Body Wood: Mahogany
Back Stripe: S29
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Top Wood: Redwood
Top Rosette: Cowboy Rope
Top Purfling: Cowboy Rope
Bracing/Voicing: H13 Scallop/Tapered
Peghead Binding: None
Pegged Overlay Material: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Santa Cruz Ivoroid Script Logo
Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
Neck Shape: V
Side Dots: Black
Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16"
Scale Length: 25.375"
Top Finish: Custom Sunburst
Back & Sides Finish: Tobacco/Buffed
Neck Finish: Tobacco/Matte
Bridge Pins: Bone
Tuners/Gears: Waverly nickel tuners w/Ivoroid Buttons
Cowboy Rope Top Purfle and Rosette
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