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2011 Santa Cruz H-13 Custom Lefty

Santa Cruz H-13 Custom Lefty Certainly among the most memorably fine sounding left-handed guitars we've ever offered is this custom-ordered Santa Cruz H-13. An exceptionally lightly built instrument, every surface of this guitar vibrates with the strings' movement. It was built in 2011, and in the short while since it has opened up into one of the oldest-sounding new guitars we've ever encountered.

Fantastically rich mids, airy and open basses that can thump along with a fatness and body or cut through with a change in attack, and robust and meaty trebles are what you'll discover in this one. It's a woody and resonant instrument, with a powerful fundamental and an excellent pallet of overtones. Tonally, the instrument most resembles a late 1920's 00 or 000-18, despite its esthetic lean towards things Gibson.

The H-13's body is loosely styled after Gibson's 1930's Nick Lucas model -- complete with an extra-deep body depth. Back and sides of South American mahogany, Sitka spruce top, scalloped and tapered bracing, ivoroid bindings and colorful 'H-29' purflings and back-strip. Bound ebony fingerboard and pyramid bridge; 13 fret neck, slotted headstock with pearl and abalone torch inlay, diamond volute, Waverly tuning machines. Stunning 30's vintage cherry sunburst lacquer finish, bevel-edged celluloid pickguard, bone nut and compensated saddle.

The neck has a soft V carve, with rounded sides, and a 1-3/4" width at the nut. It's reminiscent of a mid 1930's Martin neck, and very comfortable. Scale length is 25.4".

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