Vintage Instruments: Other Acoustic Guitars

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2015 Santa Cruz Otis Taylor Chicago Custom

With its extra-deep body, 13 fret neck joint and light construction, 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 in tone.

This Otis Taylor Chicago was originally sold through Folkway and 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 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 carve.

It’s in near-mint condition with unworn frets and almost flawless finish. Freshly set-up by us, too.

With Ameritage hardshell case

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