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Santa Cruz OM/PW (2007) - Sitka/Mahogany
This pre-owned OM pre-war model from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company has a classic, vintage burst and a mahogany back and sides to go with its old growth Sitka Spruce top. The Santa Cruz OM/PW model has been described as a "jack of all trades" guitar, because it excels with so many types of music. In my opinion, the mahogany back and sides makes this model even more balanced and versatile. The mid range punch of the mahogany perfectly balances the extended bass provided by the advanced scalloped top bracing. The guitar has wonderfully thick and warm treble and midrange tones to go with what might be the deepest and best bass response that I have heard in an OM body size.
The burst provides a great vintage look. The finish has dulled some in the lower bout from what appears to be aggressive cleaning, and the pick guard has lost most of its shine. There are a few minor blemishes and scratches in the body that are superficial only. The neck, frets and saddle are in great shape, and the soft V shape of the neck is very comfortable. This is a fantastic instrument that can easily be a desert island guitar - one guitar that can do it all.