Welcome to Santa Cruz Guitar Company

The State of California put us on temporary hiatus for over two months, but we are proud to announce that our luthiers are back to building and repairing guitars once again. For the safety of our team and respected visitors, our shop is still closed to the public until further notice. We do appreciate your patience, and invite you to contact us at scgc@santacruzguitar.com with any questions.

Most of our small dealer network is now open in some capacity as well, many for appointment only or curb-side pickup. For those of you with the time and means, we encourage you to support your local guitar shop, and consider purchasing an instrument of any make or value, to ensure their indispensable doors can reopen without hesitation once the storm clouds clear.

Paraphrasing Gilbert Shelton, “Goodwill will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no goodwill.” The wisdom here is that in times of crisis, our real bank account is the goodwill of others. We have built ours from the accumulation of many acts of ordinary kindness. Selfish actions are the human condition and aren’t ever forgotten by the ones we deprive. Conversely, the simplest acts of selfless caring instill an everlasting resonance in others.  We always get back more love than we give by extending kindness to the ones who often annoy us the most.

This is simply the law of gravity. What we fling up in the air will come down upon our heads. SCGC doesn’t succeed just because our luthiers build exceptional instruments. Our success is in direct proportion to how we have treated others, and how others have returned that kindness to us. It’s our formula for success and our strategy for adversity.  SCGC has dodged a lot of otherwise fatal bullets over our 43 years because of its resilient, rather than hard, heart.

It is in this spirit that we will best serve each other through these most challenging days. I am thoroughly grateful for your continued support, as well as the most conscientious and effective crew a well-worn luthier like me could ever hope for!

Please be kind to one another and wash your hands!

All my best to you and yours,

Richard Hoover

Santa Cruz Guitar Company

Every day we have been posting a new video of one of our beloved SCGC artists, playing a song from wherever they call home. We invite you to follow us on Facebook or Instagram to watch them, or you can visit the Blog section of our website. We hope you enjoy!

Click here to listen to Richard Hoover’s interview on the Fretboard Journal Podcast. From FBJ: ‘We hear about his childhood growing up in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the influence of the Whole Earth Catalog, the perils of dulcimer building, the serendipitous path that led him to guitar making, and even the books Richard is currently reading. He also offers us all a “logic array” that may help you re-frame your thinking through these challenging times.’

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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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Andy Bartosh on his Santa Cruz H/13 Model • Santa Cruz Guitar Company wishes you all good health and happiness. We thought you’d enjoy seeing some short performances of our players from around the world, as a reminder that we’re all in this together. Be safe, be kind! #mysantacruzguitar #santacruzguitar ... See MoreSee Less

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We had Colin Hay’s Brazilian OM Grand cutaway back in the shop for some set up work... always great to see an old friend once again! #scgcjustshipped #santacruzguitars #lutherie #acoustic #acousticguitar #colinhay #guitarrepair ... See MoreSee Less

We had Colin Hay’s Brazilian OM Grand cutaway back in the shop for some set up work... always great to see an old friend once again! #scgcjustshipped #santacruzguitars #lutherie #acoustic #acousticguitar #colinhay #guitarrepair

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Wow, what a great instrument the RS is! The practical stuff… I have a bit of arthritis in my fingers and the RS is one of the most easy playing guitars I’ve ever played and though it’s a large guitar, it’s so nice and light in weight. Tonally it really fits what I’m doing musically… for the most part a backdrop supporting my songs and my voice… it just fits beautifully. Though it can be played very loud, there’s something so beautiful and intimate about the timbre when played quietly, I think this is really a Santa Cruz signature as well as the tone-woods on this particular guitar itself. Maybe the aged woods, I don’t know. Bottom line is I’m really drawn to picking up the guitar and playing. Just an exquisite instrument that I’m lucky to have. So thank you for all your guidance, the folks at Northern Lights have been great too. 
David Murphy


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