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Santa Cruz OM Grand

The new and phenomenally popular OM Grand from the Santa Cruz Guitar Co. captures all the subtlety and nuance of their top-selling OM model, and adds power and volume to the package. Compared to the OM, the Grand measures ¾" wider across the lower bout, and is about ¼" deeper. That might not sound like much, but in the world of guitars it's a heck of a lot; and the OM Grand's air volume measures up somewhere right in between that of an OM and a Dreadnought.

All that extra air means extra sound, and the Grand delivers the volume of a Dreadnought with the string to string balance of an OM. It's an amazingly versatile instrument, equally adept at fingerstyle and flat-picking.

Scalloped braced Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, ivoroid bindings and herringbone purflings and rosette. Zipper back strip, bound fingerboard and headstock, pearl SCGC logo and 2mm fingerboard dots, Waverly tuning machines and tortoise celluloid pickguard. Bone nut and compensated saddle, ebony bridge pins, gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

The OM Grand's body measures 16" across the lower bout, and is 4-3/8" deep at the endpin. It's roughly the size and shape of a Martin 0000 (or M) model, but a hair deeper. Soft V neck carve, 1-3/4" nut width, 25.4" scale, 2-3/16" string spread at the bridge.

With Ameritage hardshell case

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