This consignment 2000 Santa Cruz Guitar Company Tony Rice Professional (2780R) Has been so well cared for that it remains almost entirely free of any signs of play or repairs. By the mid-1990s, SCGC was making many examples of the kind of guitar that “Tony himself” might play as a longtime endorsing artist for the company. During my brief tenure filling in as temporary sales manager during part of 1996 and 1997, I came up with a working title for this special model, the Tony Rice Professional model. Specific standard features for this model were: Selected stiff European spruce top with aging toner lacquer treatment, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Larger 4 9/16″ soundhole diameter, Special turtle-oid pattern pickguard material, Slightly shorter 25 1/4″ scale length, Gold Waverly tuners, Bound headstock and fingerboard, and side purfling on the top and back as part of the binding.
This guitar has a fine melodic warmth all over the fingerboard that was developed through consistent careful play by the current owner. He added a gold strap button to the neck heel, but there is no visible evidence that he ever played it standing up with a guitar strap. This set of brick-red Brazilian rosewood back and sides and matching headstock overlay has well defined color lines, a medium dense structure with a ringing tap tone, and a gorgeous “spiderweb” figure at the back centerline. This guitar has been well maintained in the setup and it is both easy to play, as well as strong in voice. A splendid example of this flagship model for the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. With TKL hardshell case.
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