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“Prodigious at four, incredible at 12 and ripping pretension away from tradition before 20, Tony Rice, like Coltrane playing a barn dance, he upstaged a staid musical genre and changed the way guitars have been played ever since. A big Dreadnought guitar served as the drums in early country combos keeping time while a fiddle or mandolin wove the single line melodies that gave the tunes their personality. Tony Rice changed all that.” Click here to read Richard Hoover’s Tribute to our Iconic Signature Artist

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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What an amazing guitar. The quilted Sapele back and sides are jaw droppingly stunning. The custom burst on the Cedar top, combined with the scrimshawed wolf on the heel end cap add to the personalized uniqueness of the guitar’s visual appeal. It’s playability and tone are by far the best of any guitar I have ever owned or played. Please let team SCGC know I am truly thankful and honored to own one of their guitars.


Scott Wolfe


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