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Santa Cruz 1934 D Model Guitar (805)

In 1934, the powerful 14-fret herringbone dreadnought was unleashed. This has become one of the most revered and sought after designs of the steel string acoustic guitar. No one has reproduced the essence of the iconic original, until now. The secret to the often superior tone of vintage instruments lies in aged woods (crystallized resins) and the relaxation of tensions built-in during manufacture. This is exactly what we account for in our 1934 D Model. Brazilian Rosewood cut in the 1930’s, master grade/old growth Adirondack Spruce tops/bracing and real hot hide glue are among our secret weapons. Hot hide glue is a time tested, natural adhesive that sets glass-like and resonant for a quicker, cleaner response. This isn’t ‘like the old stuff.’ It is the old stuff. These rarified materials give us the foundation for a true and genuine vintage sound.

Not every venerable 1930’s herringbone dreadnought was exceptional, as they were products of a small, though nonetheless factory, assembly. By applying our singular tuning and voicing talents and taking our time to ensure a relaxed assembly, we consistently access the secrets to the ‘Old Bone’ sound. The original lacquer formula, nitro-cellulose, is composed of the same stuff as trees; we are protecting and enhancing the sound of the instrument with a fine coating of wood! It is the only choice to complement this heirloom quality guitar.

The 1934 D Model’s materials are very challenging to acquire. Availability is limited.


Body Wood Type: Brazilian Rosewood
Back Stripe: Zipper
Binding: Ivoroid w/Side Purfle
Top Wood Type: Adirondack
Rosette: Vintage Style Ivoroid
Purfling: Herringbone
Bracing/Voicing: Scalloped/Advanced X Adirondack w/Hot Hide Glue
Neck Peghead: Solid Square
Peghead Binding: I/B/I
Overlay Material: lBrazilian Rosewood
Width at Nut: 1-11/16
Shape: V Neck
Fingerboard Side Dots: Black
Inlay: SCGC Mini @ 16th Fret
Width at 14th Fret: 2-3/16
Binding: I/B/I
Scale Length: 25.25"
Finish Top: VintageVarnish Tint
Finish Back&Sides: Clear/Buffed
Finish NeckClear/BuffedSetup
Pickguard:  Dalmatian
Bridge/Saddle: Through Saddle Bridge
Tuners: Waverly Nickel Gears w/Oval Buttons