Used – Santa Cruz H/13 (2008)

Serial Number: 1141

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.

Other specifications include:    

  • Body Wood Type Mahogany
  • Back Stripe S29
  • Binding Ivoroid
  • Top Wood Type Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette Ivoroid
  • Purfling S29
  • Bracing/Voicing H 13 Scallop/Tapered   
  • Peghead Slotted
  • Peghead Binding None
  • Overlay Material Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay Santa Cruz Ivoroid Script Logo
  • Width at Nut 1-3/4″
  • Neck Shape V
  • Side Dots Black
  • Inlay None
  • Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16″
  • Binding Ivoroid
  • Scale Length 25.375
  • Finish Top Sunburst
  • Tuners/gears Waverly nickel tuners w/ Ivoroid Buttons
  • Body Length 19.25″
  • Body Depth 3.875-4.875″
  • Number of Frets 21
  • Frets Clear of the Body 13
  • Lower Bout 14.5″
  • Waist 8.75″
  • Upper Bout 10.375″
  • Instrument has light surface scratches
  • Fishman Pickup with volume and tone control
  • Hard Case
  • #1141

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