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Santa Cruz website introduction to the OM-Orchestra Model range......
"In the 1920’s, the Orchestra Model was originally intended to be a large guitar capable of being heard over other orchestral instruments, hence the OM name. Although it fit the bill, its relatively large body was soon eclipsed by the mighty dreadnought. Fortunately, the OM had secured its place in history as a powerful and versatile voice for public performance. Santa Cruz was among the first modern builders to reintroduce this now smaller bodied favorite at the beginning of the Eighties. Our practice of combining the most desirable attributes of old and new, rather than copying, made for a very successful introduction of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to a whole new audience. With some irony, this acclaim encouraged the venerable originator of the OM to reintroduce the model to their line. Eric Clapton’s historic performance on the debut of MTV Unplugged set us on a course for another 25 years of success with this now perennial favorite.
The OM is delightfully versatile. Our OM players range from blazing flat picker James Nash to John Mayer and Elvis Costello. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company OM provides clean, loud mid-range and trebles that are complimented by a slightly predominant bass. Deeply appreciated for fingerstyle and contemporary flat picking work, the OM is our number one request."
Stock Number: VTGC1049.
Santa Cruz OM/E Model Serial Number 1495 confirmed as dating from 1999 on the Santa Cruz website "Date Your Guitar, or Find Custom Specs" page. I have completed the Enquiry Form on this page, and await response from Santa Cruz, as per their advice....."Curious about the history of a Santa Cruz guitar? Enter the model and serial number below, and we’ll email you the date of build, any custom specifications and any historical information available.".....will update with these details when available.
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Meantime the Santa Cruz website general outline of specification for the OM-PW (Pre-war) Model, includes the following description, followed by this specification outline, to which I have made some amendments to the detail, where it is obvious that this OM/E model varies from the OM-PW spec., but of course there may be other detail variations which are not obvious.........
"The Pre-War Orchestra Model honors its pre-WWII predecessors with an advanced X and scalloped top bracing. This time-tested design ensures large bass response and overall volume. Acoustic Guitar Magazine has placed it as one of the most important instruments of the last 20 years. The OM/PW is presented with understated appointments to emphasize master grade materials, tone and workmanship. It is perfect for the aficionado that loves the advantages of a professional boutique instrument without the cost of rare wood and ornamentation. The OM’s versatility and ergonomics lend great appeal for traditional picking styles and impressive rhythm work. Expect the predominant bass and throaty presence of the surviving pre-war antiques."
Body Wood Type Indian Rosewood
Top Wood Type Sitka Spruce
Rosette Herringbone inlay & rings
Neck Peghead Solid Square
Overlay Material Ebony
Headstock Inlay SCGC
Width at Nut 1-3/4″/44.5mm.
Neck Shape C with Volute
Fingerboard Side Dots Black
Inlay 2mm dots
Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16"/55.6mm.
Scale Length 25-1/2"/648mm.
Finish Top Clear
Back & Sides Clear/Buffed
Setup Pickguard Tortoise
Tuners/gears Nickel Grovers
It is a near-20 year old guitar, but I don't think that you will find a cleaner example.
Good 12th. fret action - 2mm. to 2.75mm., with slight fingerboard relief....trussrod adjustment not considered essential....unless you are experienced in set-up adjustments, any adjustment should be undertaken by an experienced professional luthier/technician.
Existing strings fitted are probably Light/12 Gauge....it is anticipated that buyer will wish to fit there own preferred choice of strings.
Probably original TKL Deluxe Hard Case is included....substantial construction, deep Plum colour plush lining, in sound/serviceable condition, with some edge/corner wear, commensurate with age/normal use, with an original Warranty Cards in the storage compartment.