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❌SOLD❌ Santa Cruz OM-PW Pre War Style Guitar, 2004


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Following in the traditions of American guitar building, the Santa Cruz OM-PW – the PW stands for ‘Pre War’ – delivers vintage style tone and playability.

The OM-PW design dates back to the end of the 1920’s when the Martin Guitar Company introduced the Orchestra Model or OM. Very similar to the ‘OOO’ model, the key difference is in the scale length. The OM scale is over 25 inches, usually the same as the Dreadnought models, while the ‘OOO’ scale length is typically around 24.9 inches. Otherwise the bodies are the same.

The Santa Cruz OM-PW uses the time-tested pairing of a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood for the sides and back, and for the head plate. The neck, and body blocks are Mahogany, with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. Top and back bracing is Sitka Spruce.

Built during 2004 in Santa Cruz, California, this example is in overall very good shape with little wear. There are a few small dents to the top, and natural lacquer sinking to the sides and back, and light to moderate fret wear particularly in the lower positions.   An under-saddle active Piezo pickup system is installed, with the battery pack on the neck block and the output at the tail pin. 

The original TKL-built hard shell case is included.

Here is what the builder has to say about the Santa Cruz OM-PW Pre War Style Acoustic:

“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.”

Price: $3,750.00 CAD
  • Model: OM Pre-War
  • Year: 2004
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 2579
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 02/07/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.4lbs 2kg
  • Scale Length: 25.375in 644.53mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.45mm
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