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Santa Cruz Otis Taylor Chicago Custom

With its extra-deep body, 13 fret neck joint, and light build the Santa Cruz Otis Taylor is something of a tribute to the Gibson Nick Lucas models built in the very early 1930's. But with its all-mahogany construction and modern build the Santa Cruz offers players something a little different.

This Otis Taylor Chicago was custom ordered with a fully fretted fingerboard and without inlays in the extension. Additionally, we designed it with a 1-3/4" nut and a bridge pin spacing of 2-5/16, for a more-vintage feel. It's otherwise a standard model, complete with backlit tortoise-celluloid bindings, sunburst finish, 25.4" scale, and pyramid bridge. The pickguard was left off the guitar, but can be added on at the buyer's request.

The instrument is dark, warm, and woody. It has a touch of sparkle thanks to the mahogany top, and an even and balanced response. It's and old-soul of a guitar, with many of the tonal hallmarks we love to hear in an all-mahogany vintage guitar.

The neck has a rounded-off shape with a full feel. There's a hint of softened V felt in the first position, but the over-all impression is that of round, rather than V.

With Ameritage hardshell case

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