Up for sale, a 2005 Santa Cruz Custom OM (Orchestra Model) acoustic in near-mint condition with rare Ziricote back and sides, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. For decades, Santa Cruz has built a reputation for crafting masterful instruments, and this OM delivers the balance, projection, and versatility that has made the body size so beloved since its original iteration in 1929.
Tonewoods include a premium spruce soundboard with scalloped X-bracing, custom-ordered Ziricote back and sides, a mahogany neck, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Delivering a textured, powerful voice, this OM has a dynamic, sparkling sound that’s extremely sensitive to user inputs. Rich and resonant with a Pre-War-style liveliness, the wound strings are bold and defined with good headroom and a touch of smooth growl when digging in hard with a flatpick. The guitar offers a dry, woody cut with exquisite treble sparkle, sympathetic to fingerpicking and even-sounding in every register. This OM weighs 4lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has a medium depth, soft V-shaped profile carve, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .965” at the 9th. The ebony fingerboard features grained ivoroid binding, and the slender fretwire only exhibits a touch of wear beneath the B and High E strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. This OM plays cleanly up the 25.375” scale with a straight neck, and the bone nut measures 1 3/4“ in width. On the headstock, the open-gear Waverly tuning machines offer superior performance.
The ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the freshly replaced compensated bone saddle has loads of height for future adjustment. Action at the 12th fret sits at a comfortable 7/64” high on the bass side and 5/64” on the treble side. The top is framed by herringbone purfling, and the soundhole sports a matching herringbone rosette. The label is visible through the soundhole, and the handwritten serial dates this guitar to 2005. The small tortoise pickguard has some requisite scuffing along the strum path. The back is bisected by a zig-zag pattern center line, and the gloss finish highlights the highly dynamic grain on the bookmatched Ziricote back and sides.
Crack-free and exceptionally well-kept, cosmetic wear on this guitar is limited to just a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole, and a single line of finish checking (purely cosmetic) just to the treble side of the center seam on the back. The satin finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original hardshell case is included, along with the factory paperwork.