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Founded in 1976, the Santa Cruz Guitar Company brought boutique guitar making to the forefront of the steel string guitar business.  Richard Hoover invites you to watch this short film by LR Baggs, which documents the culture of SCGC’s small production lutherie and mission to provide musicians with exceptional instruments that truly change the world.

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Hello, my name is Jared Riley, and I have several purposes for this message. The first of which is to thank you for building such exceptional quality guitars. I recently purchases a Tony Rice model with German Spruce and am absolutely blown away every time I pick it up. My father has had a Tony Rice model for just over a decade and I have always admired the tone and ease of play of his instrument. When it came time for me to decide on which guitar I would ultimately buy, I knew SCGC would be at the top of the list. I have played very few guitars that could match the exceptional tone, clarity, and depth that this instrument possesses. Every day it seems to open up more. Thank you.

Secondly, I wanted to commend you on your new (newish?) strings. When I was told that the guitar was set up with Santa Cruz strings I’ll admit I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. “I’ve done this dance before” I thought. Expensive strings with claims that can’t be matched– and at the end of the day I end up with D’addario EJ17’s with no complaints. This time the EJ17’s lasted on the instrument less than a day before I replaced them with the original set of SCGC strings. I’ve subscribed to receive your strings quarterly, and I don’t expect I’ll be going back. I’m going to continue to experiment, but I will say that the tone of your strings is second to none and the comfort and ease of play is miles ahead of my normal option.

Again, thank you so much for what you do. I’ve had the guitar a short amount of time, but between the hours I’ve already put on this instrument and the countless hours of enjoyment I’ve had playing and listening to my father’s guitar I am truly grateful for you guys. Keep it up.

Jared Riley

12/10/18

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