Slightly larger than a traditional Orchestra Model (closer to the size of a 0000), the Santa Cruz OM Grand produces a louder, more robust sound with more bass, power, and projection than a standard OM.
When we initially became a Santa Cruz dealer in 2018, this OM Grand (#294) was the very fist guitar we ordered from SCGC. For our first Santa Cruz, nothing seemed more appropriate than the OM Grand. The OM Grand body was introduced at the request of our good friend Harry Tuft, founder of the Denver Folklore Center and a huge influence in the Colorado acoustic music scene. Harry's shop and the culture it cultivated in the early '70s were hugely influential on Telluride Music Co., so we realized the OM Grand was the perfect it for our first Santa Cruz.
We ordered this OM Grand with a Bear Claw Sitka Spruce top, which looks absolutely stunning—almost as if it's on fire—with a gorgeous sunburst finish that brings out the intense bear claw figuring. This premium spruce top is complemented by East Indian Rosewood back and sides, and the result is balanced, complex tones that are rich in depth and harmonics. Under the hood, we specified Advanced Bracing to improve the response, dynamics, and bass, and as a consequence, this OM Grand produces some of the most refined tone and accurate response of any guitar in the shop.
To further customize the aesthetics, we selected SCGC's "S29" top border, but we also wanted to add our own touch—something to demonstrate that this OM Grand is a guitar you'll only find in Telluride: the "Telluride Valley" heelcap. We are absolutely blown away by the level of detail SCGC's scrimshaw artist was able to capture, and we believe it is the perfect reminder of a town that will inspire years of playing just as much as the guitar itself.
This 2018 Santa Cruz OM Grand is gently used, showing only the most minor signs of playwear and use (see photos). It has had no repairs, modifications, or issues (there's not even a strap button drilled into the neck heel!). This is an impressive guitar with unique and inspiring appointments—a testament to the quality and attention to detail that comes out of Santa Cruz. Original hardshell case included.