Santa Cruz Guitar Corp

Forty five thousand years ago, the massive Kauri trees rivaled the mighty Sequoia Redwoods in sheer volume. It witnessed a time when the ancestors of each and every one of us, the original humans, made their first migration out of East Africa across the Sinai land bridge into Asia. The convergence of two major tectonic plates and the resulting epic storms, floods and tsunamis committed these behemoth Kauri trees to countless millennia, preserved in total darkness, before they would again see the light of day.

Santa Cruz Guitar Company has built a custom OOO model with back, sides, rosette and headstock overlay made from an Ancient Kauri tree which was unearthed in the beginning of the new millennium and radio carbon dated at 45,000 years old. Buried immediately during the historic cataclysm and, being starved of oxygen, the anaerobic environment kept this wonder of nature free from decay, capturing it in a place without time…until today. The Māori peoples are the rightful custodians of the Ancient Kauri trees. The wood in this guitar was acquired from their stewardship and validated by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry. Having been entrusted with this legacy; Santa Cruz Guitar Company chooses to pay forward a portion of the value of this instrument as a tribute for the preservation of the Māori’s own timeless environmental traditions.

The top wood paired with this ancient wonder is none other than a set of the historic Tunnel 13 Redwood, harvested in the Siskiyou mountains of Oregon from the wreckage of the famed ‘last great train robbery of the West’ in 1923. These dramatic stories are a fitting climax to Richard Hoover’s lifelong reverence for the woods he’s applied to the making of all Santa Cruz Guitars. His message is simple; “through responsible harvest; we can show others how to make the best things on earth without compromise to the world we live in.”

Santa Cruz Guitar Company is a true custom shop.  Every guitar of their limited, under 400 a year production is customized by players and dealers for unique tonal qualities, necessary playability requirements and personal taste.  They offer countless variations on all standard models that can be ordered for no additional cost, their way of encouraging players to design exactly what is needed sonically and visually. Tone woods, bracing patterns, body variations, neck profiles, appointments, bindings, inlays, finishes and more are all available for modification on any Santa Cruz Guitar model. Players are welcome to contact the shop directly to begin the design process, and be connected to one of their valued, independent guitar dealers.