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6 days ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

A Message from Carolyn Sills of Santa Cruz Guitar Company:

Greetings SCGC friends and family! After 12 thrilling years, I am moving on from Santa Cruz Guitar Company. It was an absolute pleasure working with so many of you on custom orders, and seeing these incredible instruments come to life. I shall forever be in awe of the work Richard and our luthiers do to craft some of the finest acoustic guitars in the world.

I will miss corresponding with everyone, but you shall all be in great hands with my replacement, Will Kahn. If you want to keep in touch, you can find me on social media, at Carolyn Sills or with my two musical groups, The Carolyn Sills Combo and Poi Rogers.

Please continue to treasure your local guitar shop, and thank you for your incredible support of Santa Cruz Guitar Company.

With love and respect,
Carolyn Sills
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A Message from Carolyn Sills of Santa Cruz Guitar Company:

Greetings SCGC friends and family! After 12 thrilling years, I am moving on from Santa Cruz Guitar Company. It was an absolute pleasure working with so many of you on custom orders, and seeing these incredible instruments come to life. I shall forever be in awe of the work Richard and our luthiers do to craft some of the finest acoustic guitars in the world. 

I will miss corresponding with everyone, but you shall all be in great hands with my replacement, Will Kahn. If you want to keep in touch, you can find me on social media, at Carolyn Sills or with my two musical groups, The Carolyn Sills Combo and Poi Rogers.

Please continue to treasure your local guitar shop, and thank you for your incredible support of Santa Cruz Guitar Company.

With love and respect,
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Wow, thank you all… I can’t tell you how much all these notes mean to me. It’s been a real honor, and I hope our paths continue to cross! Thank you!! ❤️

Wishing you all the best on your next adventure, Carolyn!!

Carolyn, you're a treasure yourself and I'm sure you'll do well in whatever endeavor you choose from here on. You played a big part in getting my Signature Model launched and I'll always be incredibly grateful for that. Thanks for everything,. I'm sure we'll stay in touch as your adventures continue.

Love Carolyn ❤ she has always been a joy to work with! GREAT singer too!

You've been one of my favorite people in M.I. for so long, Carolyn. I wish you all the best and I'm going to miss working with you.

You're the best Carolyn!! Will miss you at SCGC, but sending my best on your new journey!! ❤

I have my SC sitting right next to me. Richard helped me design it many years ago when I visited (the old) shop with my great friend Stan Jay. It's just an incredible instrument and everyone at the shop did a fantastic job. Thanks to each of you.

Gone are the days when I would walk in unannounced and you would always say,"Hi Matt." Good luck on your next endeavors.

We all love you Carolyn and you will be missed.. You always light up the space that your in with that brilliant smile of yours. Best of luck on the furthering of journey and dreams You and Gerard and COWBOY!

I bet this was hard to write...you are a treasure and a force in this world, you will be so successful at your next step, but you are breaking a lot of hearts....All the best!!!

it was a trusted pleasure, enjoy the next lap of your life journey. Take care

I am sad to see you go but happy trails and best of luck in all of your endeavors.

We will miss you very much. I wish you great adventures for the future. And thank you for everything Carolyn !!

Thanks for everything Carolyn. I can tell from this side of the world, your efforts and good will are legendary and folks always have a kind word to say about you. I am sure Richard will miss you, as we all will, and is grateful to have had you at SCGC for 12 years. Hope the next chapter is fun and fulfilling. Hope we get to see you play here in Atlanta in the near future. All the best!!

This is just really cool. All the best to you Carolyn, and such a great reminder to remember the mom & pop music shops that inspired us all. Well done!

Such a pleasure to work with you all these years, Carolyn! Best of luck with what's next, and see you down the road!

Congratulations Carolyn! Any chance I can get that SCGC logo hat you promised me a few years back 😉 Wishing you all the best life has to offer! Jim

I’m so lucky to have a great guitar shop…Elderly Instruments, Lansing MI. All the great famous musicians take a pilgrimage there. Hendrix even visited once. Great folks, awesome historic rare guitars.

We will miss you Carolyn. You have always been so helpful as the interface between us the clients and Santa Cruz Guitar. I hope you're leaving in order to spend more time creating and performing your music. i look forward to seeing a show soon.

certainly going to miss you Carolyn, you've been a wonderful resource and a better person for all the years I've known you!!

Request denied!!!! You shall stay at SCGC forever! You will be greatly missed. All the very best on the road ahead.

It was a great pleasure working with you at SCGC, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!!!

Every visit to SCGC would find me hoping to be able to spend a few minutes with Richard, but any visit (or call!) that gave me an excuse to talk to you for a bit made that time extra special. While I’ll miss seeing you behind the desk there, I am overjoyed knowing you’ll be sharing your amazing musical talent with a lot more audiences, and maybe we can even talk y’all into a day or two at the beach! You’ll never lose us as fans and supporters whatever direction you steer your big canoe!

I would have loved to have worked with Richard Hoover. The best to you in your new endeavors.

I agree that they are treasures! Any time I've been able to play one, it's been a great pleasure!

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3 weeks ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

Ever have questions about the care and feeding of your acoustic guitar? Tune into the newest episode of the Santa Cruz Players Forum’s Coffee Break Podcast, featuring our very own Richard Hoover discussing his tips and tricks for waxing, polishing and more. Big thanks to Richard Newman and Tad Laird for another entertaining and informative installment! ... See MoreSee Less

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I visited the SCGC ten years ago and had several samples in my hand. I am able to hear the great sound even if my own ability falls short. The cost return is far above my reach so I will keep on with my Martin D35 that is still above my skill level. Compared to some other instruments in my house seems to play itself.

1 month ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

“The stories we won’t tell! Vaya con Dios, Compadre and Confidante. You made us look good and advanced our cause like few ever will. Just like there could never be a guitar forum discussion without Rick, there will always be some Turner legacy in every Santa Cruz Guitar. You made two lifetime’s worth of difference. Good job Brother!” - Richard Hoover, Santa Cruz Guitar Company ... See MoreSee Less

“The stories we won’t tell! Vaya con Dios, Compadre and Confidante. You made us look good and advanced our cause like few ever will. Just like there could never be a guitar forum discussion without Rick, there will always be some Turner legacy in every Santa Cruz Guitar. You made two lifetime’s worth of difference. Good job Brother!” - Richard Hoover, Santa Cruz Guitar Company

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Rick was like a Tribal Leader. Such a shock. His mastery touched us all. Rest Easy✌️❤️🎶

Well said Richard. Rick was such a wonderful human being!🫶

I’ve been lucky to know and work with both of you guys for over 20 years! So glad I could contribute parts to some amazing guitars. ☺️☺️RIP Rick Turner

Huge loss to the community and the planet.

We're all the better for having had Rick in our lives, but maybe it's being greedy or needy, but missing him will still be really hard. Dang.

Love this photo! RIP, Rick!

One of a kind Rick Turner was Richard. I enjoyed the time that I spent with him.

What a beautiful photo ❤ RIP Rick.

What a talent. What a legacy. What a loss.

What a great man, in so many way, funny, smart, talented, kind, and more~ Helped me out of many guitar jams, and not Jam sessions, or jellies.

My Santa Cruz turns 25 this year, right after my 25th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

..."does it pass the 'Turner-Test'?".... He had the most dialed-in bullshit detector of any human I've ever run into... RIP...

Nicely said Richard.

Two masters. Twice blessed. Thanks for this.

Big love out to Rick's family and friends.

RIP Rick ⚡️

amen brother!

this picture says it all. <3

I got invited to see his shop on April 3rd. He said come over after the 10th sometime. I was planning to go over today. I can't say how sad it makes me to have missed that opportunity. RIP. Somewhere 24/7 someone is playing your inventions and advancements. We are all the better for you

Well said.

Tributes abound. What a giant.

Jim MacKenzie

What a legacy.

Congrats 🍾🎉🎊🎈

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3 months ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our string lineup: Parabolic Tension Strings for DADGAD. These sets were specifically designed to provide balanced tension when tuning down the 1st, 2nd and 6th strings. Available in both low and mid tension, visit our website or your local SCGC string dealer to try them out today! #scgcstrings #santacruzguitars #parabolictension #stringsmatter #balancedtension ... See MoreSee Less

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our string lineup: Parabolic Tension Strings for DADGAD. These sets were specifically designed to provide balanced tension when tuning down the 1st, 2nd and 6th strings. Available in both low and mid tension, visit our website or your local SCGC string dealer to try them out today! #scgcstrings #santacruzguitars #parabolictension #stringsmatter #balancedtension

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Great for Led Zep songs!

4 months ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

At Santa Cruz Guitar Company, the only thing we love more than our artists is when they collaborate. Here’s a fabulous video of Lisa Liu and James Nash playing ‘Blue Monk’ on their OM models. Thank you for capturing the moment, Lisa and James! ... See MoreSee Less

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Bravo! Lovely, seamless interplay. Exciting!

Nice!

HOT

Yowza!😊

Very Nice!

I LOVE my OM/PW

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4 months ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

Looking forward to getting this custom Sycamore/European Spruce H/13 with Snakewood appointments glued up for The North American Guitar in Nashville… #santacruzguitars #designyourown #sycamore #customshopguitar

(Please pardon the reflections from the overhead lights)
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That guitar looks familiar. Am I right? Or is it a completely new build?

I remember one of the original 10 prototype H13’s having a sycamore neck. Carving that would have driven me blind, not to mention crazy. This body is awesome.

Can’t wait to hear Carl Miner demo it.

Its called Sycamore because that back and sides are just 'SYC'

That fleck is insane!!!!

What kind of tonal characteristics do you expect out of sycamore?

Love the sycamore!

Pretty factory is at it some more......

Magnifique !!👍🎸❤

Omg, amazing!

Yall got any TR models layin around?

I’d let er eat crackers in bed

H13 is a great size guitar!

Beautiful guitar

Steven Frost what do you think?

Is that a “Platanus racemosa” or ?

Beautiful wood 🪵

Wow!

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5 months ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

2021 marked the 45th anniversary for Santa Cruz Guitar Company, and we couldn't have done it without your support. We worked one-on-one with more players than ever this year, designing custom acoustics from peghead to end pin, and everything in-between.

We wish you all a safe and happy New Year, and look forward to building you even more custom acoustics in 2022.

All the best from the 26 of us at Santa Cruz Guitar Company!
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Congratulations and Big Love to you Richard, you are a cherished member of our community. Thanks for all that you do

Happy anniversary Richard !!!

Absolutely love my 92 Tony Rice old growth Brazilian

Happy new year Richard and family.

Happy Anniversary Richard! Any clue on the other two who were with you at the beginning? DM me. One was my housemate in’78.

Love my Rice! Many thanks .

I have an OM/e a series especially produced for the European market back in the 1990s without a doubt it is still the best guitar I have ever had. Thanks Richard.

Dee and I send our love and admiration to Y'all at SCGC. Thank you for the wonderful instuments that I get to play everyday for however long the gods grant me.

👏👏👏👏👏

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5 months ago
Santa Cruz Guitar

Santa Cruz Guitar Company is proud to work with some of the finest independently owned guitar shops throughout the world. We thank you for supporting them during this holiday season, as the gift of a musical instrument, no matter the make or price, can last a lifetime. We have to frequent the shops we want to see flourish in our communities, and everyone should be so lucky as to have a local guitar shop in their town. Thank you, and happy holidays! #shoplocal #santacruzguitars #playguitar #playmusic ... See MoreSee Less

Santa Cruz Guitar Company is proud to work with some of the finest independently owned guitar shops throughout the world. We thank you for supporting them during this holiday season, as the gift of a musical instrument, no matter the make or price, can last a lifetime. We have to frequent the shops we want to see flourish in our communities, and everyone should be so lucky as to have a local guitar shop in their town. Thank you, and happy holidays! #shoplocal #santacruzguitars #playguitar #playmusic

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If only my small town shop had been like that. Mine was predatory, using the isolated geography and lack of competition to gauge and take advantage of the city. Paid selmer saxophone prices for a student Yamaha and what could have been three gibsons for a studio. I was so glad for the internet and options. Jealous of y’all that grew up with great stores with honest, helpful folks. Cherish and support them bc you don’t want what my town had.

Its sad there's so few independent music stores, or "Mom & Pop" stores as they became known. I miss "Busker's Music" acoustic guitar shop in Bakersfield CA

So true. 🤘🏻👍🏻 Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from Belgium!

Indeed they are, my local is Front Porch Music, Artie is a Mosrite collector has quite a few hangin around, he is also a standup guy as well!

To get to my local guitar shop I go down the street and make a right turn at the internet. The brick and mortar store is very nearly no more.

For me it's Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, CA.

Shout out to The Acoustic Shoppe! Great store!

Wildwood Guitars would be a great addition to your dealer list. Fabulous shop.

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