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Filling the Gap: Santa Cruz OM Grand Acoustic Guitar Review

Sometimes, looking for the perfect acoustic guitar for your sound feels like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Some guitars are too big and heavy sounding, some are too small and weak. Finding the guitar that’s “just right” can begin to seem impossible. In times like these, it’s good to keep in mind that there are specialty guitar models that fall in between popular models. For example, the Santa Cruz OM Grand is the perfect compromise for musicians who can’t decide between an OM and a dreadnought guitar.

OM vs. OM Grand

The OM guitar model is one of the most popular and versatile options on the market, but is by no means the perfect acoustic guitar for everyone. The Santa Cruz OM Grand is slightly bigger in its lower bout, giving it more bottom end and volume than your average OM guitar. In addition, many pick players prefer the OM Grand to the slightly weaker OM, but it’s still a good guitar for finger stylists as well.

OM Grand vs. Dreadnought

The dreadnought was first created and made popular by its massive volume that your average OM couldn’t match. However, in pursuit of bigger volume, dreads tend to be less well balanced. Some musicians think this compromise meant guitar manufacturers sacrificed too much. As a result, manufacturers scaled back a bit to create the OM Grand. Therefore, if you want more volume than an OM and more balance than a dreadnought, the Santa Cruz OM Grand can satisfy both needs.

Wildlife Aesthetics

In addition to a killer sound, the Santa Cruz OM Grand is a strong, clean guitar with tasteful and exotic aesthetic choices. Simple accents like the Santa Cruz inlay, herringbone detailing, and clean headstock are accompanied by the stunning figured East Indian Rosewood on the back. While “figured” typically implies a traditional flame effect, the Santa Cruz OM Grand uses the descriptor for the tone wood’s unusual grain. On the front of the guitar, the Dalmatian pick guard gives the guitar an animalistic aesthetic. Other notable upgrades include the model’s:

  • Hide glue
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Nickel Waverly tuners

Our Verdict

If you can’t decide between an OM and a dreadnought, the Santa Cruz OM Grand is a great option. Not only is the model’s size a plus, but Santa Cruz is one of the best guitar brands available. They use old school building techniques (like dovetail neck joints) that many other brands have drifted away from. Their guitars always play well and their prices are very realistic for the quality you get.

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