Santa Cruz - H13 - $18,925.00 - Sunburst Adirondack Top - Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides - Koa Binding - Torch Headstock Inlay - Ebony Fingerboard with Snowflake Inlay

$ 17,035.00


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 acknowledgement 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.


  • Back & Sides Brazilian
  • Back Stripe S29
  • Binding Koa
  • Top Adirondack Spruce
  • Rosette Abalone
  • Body Purfling Abalone
  • Bracing/Voicing H 13 Scallop/Tapered
  • Peghead Slotted
  • Peghead Binding Koa
  • Overlay Material Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay Abalone Torch
  • Width at Nut 1-3/4″
  • Neck Shape V
  • Side Dots Black
  • Inlay Snow Flake
  • Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16″
  • Binding Koa
  • Scale Length 25.375
  • Top Sunburst
  • Back & Sides Tobacco/Buffed
  • Neck Tobacco/Matte
  • Pickguard Tortoise
  • Tuners/gears Waverly nickel tuners w/ Ivoroid Buttons


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