Vintage Artist

SCGC’s take on the legendary pre-war D-18. 

Santa cruz has a philosophy that says “to combine, not copy”. In other words, they do not replicate famous models, they study them and refine what there is to refine in order to make their guitars up to date and iconic in their own right. The story of the Santa Cruz Vintage Artist began in 1991, when Richard Hoover and several vintage guitar experts tried to identify what makes the pre-war Martin D-18 guitars so desirable. The Vintage Artist features an advanced, scalloped X-bracing for powerful bass, complemented by the clear tone and definition of master grade Mahogany.

Vintage Artist technical specifications

Manufacturer Santa Cruz
String Number 6
Body Type Family Dreadnought
Body Type Square Shoulder
Cutaway? No
Solid/Laminate Wood Solid Body, Solid Top
Top Material Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Material Solid Mahogany
Fretboard Material Ebony
Neck Material Mahogany
Number of Frets 21
Neck joint at 14th fret
Scale Length (inch) 25.37
Nut Width (inch) 1.69
Finish Natural
Amplification Unamplified
Pickup Active/Passive No Pickup
Left-Friendly? No
Left/Right Handed Right Handed
Based on famous model? Martin D-18 Pre-war
Made In USA

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