The Santa Cruz signature model is not a copy of Tony's 1935 Martin D-28 as some may think. It is actually the result of a long time collaboration between Tony Rice and Richard Hoover. In fact, as the years go by, both Tony and Richard keep bringing more input to the work bench, one from the player's view and the other from the master luthier's view, and constantly refine the Tony Rice Signature model.
Tony Rice is a flat-picking and bluegrass icon, he worked with countless names in the music business including David Grisman and Jerry Garcia and is probably the most influential bluegrass player of our days. The Santa Cruz Tony Rice Signature model is designed to deliver exactly what a flat-picker needs, well defined trebles and high mids with fast attack for those fast single-line leads and that boomy, yet clear bass.