H13

Below are the standard specifications for this particular model. Prior to 2019, Sitka Spruce was the standard top wood, but now this model comes available with a long list of custom options, including various top woods, that can be added for no additional charge. Click here to see all the options available to you, and design your own.

What’s up with thirteen frets? The historical precedent for this classic shape was the Gibson ‘Nick Lucas Special’ from the 1920’s and ’30’s, the one Bob Dylan holds in early photos. The “H” designation is an acknowledgment to the guardian of the lore of all things vintage and stringed, Maestro Paul Hostetter, who commissioned SCGC to build the prototype in 1978. In spite of the question of whether the historic 13 frets to the body had any basis in acoustic science, our reason for using it does.

SCGC’s concept for the H-13 is to achieve power beyond what would be expected in a small-bodied guitar. Two fundamental lutherie tricks make this possible: a longer string length (more downward pressure at the saddle) and more air space via a deeper body (increased volume and bass response). To place the bridge in the optimal position for power and maintain the longer string length, the neck needs to join the body at the 13th fret. Cool, huh? This is a gorgeous classic with power and presence expected from a much larger instrument. Perfect for aggressive fingerstyle blues and vocal accompaniment, the H-13 feels really sweet to hold.

Body Wood Type Mahogany
  Back Stripe S29
  Binding Ivoroid
Top Wood Type European Spruce
  Rosette Ivoroid
  Purfling S29
  Bracing/Voicing H 13 Scallop/Tapered
Neck Peghead Slotted
  Peghead Binding None
  Overlay Material Ebony
  Headstock Inlay Santa Cruz Ivoroid Script Logo
  Width at Nut 1-3/4″
  Neck Shape V
Fingerboard Side Dots Black
  Inlay None
  Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16″
  Binding Ivoroid
  Scale Length 25.375
Finish Top Sunburst
  Back & Sides Tobacco/Buffed
  Neck Tobacco/Matte
Setup Pickguard Tortoise
  Tuners/gears Waverly Nickel w/ Ivoroid

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