OM – Orchestra Model

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.

In the 1920’s, the Orchestra Model was originally intended to be a large guitar capable of being heard over other orchestral instruments, hence the OM name. Although it fit the bill, its relatively large body was soon eclipsed by the mighty dreadnought. Fortunately, the OM had secured its place in history as a powerful and versatile voice for public performance. Santa Cruz was among the first modern builders to reintroduce this now smaller bodied favorite at the beginning of the Eighties. Our practice of combining the most desirable attributes of old and new, rather than copying, made for a very successful introduction of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to a whole new audience. With some irony, this acclaim encouraged the venerable originator of the OM to reintroduce the model to their line. Eric Clapton’s historic performance on the debut of MTV Unplugged set us on a course for another 25 years of success with this now perennial favorite.

The OM is delightfully versatile. Our OM players range from blazing flat picker James Nash to John Mayer and Elvis Costello. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company OM provides clean, loud mid-range and trebles that are complimented by a slightly predominant bass. Deeply appreciated for fingerstyle and contemporary flat picking work, the OM is our number one request.

Body Wood Type Indian Rosewood
  Back Stripe Zipper
  Binding Ivoroid
Top Wood Type European Spruce
  Rosette Herringbone
  Purfling Herringbone
  Bracing/Voicing Scalloped
Neck Peghead Solid Square
  Peghead Binding Ivoroid
  Overlay Material Ebony
  Headstock Inlay SCGC
  Width at Nut 1-3/4″
  Neck Shape V with Volute
Fingerboard Side Dots Black
  Inlay 2mm dots
  Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16
  Binding Ivoroid
  Scale Length 25.375
Finish Top Clear
  Back & Sides Clear/Buffed
  Neck Clear/Matte
Setup Pickguard Tortoise
  Tuners/gears Nickel Waverly

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