Pre-Owned Santa Cruz OM - Natural Gloss with Hard Shell Case


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Santa Cruz 1998 OM - Sitka Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood with Hard Shell Case

Santa Cruz 1998 Orchestra Model: A Timeless Acoustic Marvel

Rediscovering the OM

In the 1920s, the Orchestra Model (OM) guitar was conceived to project its sound above orchestral instruments, hence the OM name. Although it fit the bill, its relatively large body was soon eclipsed by the mighty dreadnought. However, Santa Cruz reintroduced this gem in the early '80s, merging the best of old and new. It was this blend, rather than mere replication, that endeared the Santa Cruz Guitar Company's OM to a new generation. Eric Clapton's historic MTV Unplugged performance breathed fresh life into the OM, securing its place in the limelight for another 25 years.

Versatile Elegance

The Santa Cruz OM offers a delightful versatility cherished by players ranging from flat-picker James Nash to artists like John Mayer and Elvis Costello. Its clean, resonant mid-range and trebles are complemented by a slightly pronounced bass, making it ideal for fingerstyle and contemporary flat picking. This guitar embodies a harmonious blend of form and function, with 42-style abalone purfling, a Sitka Spruce top, and Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. It's the perfect choice for those seeking an elegant instrument that doesn't compromise on performance.


  • Model: OM
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Braces: Scalloped Adirondack with Hot Hide Glue
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • String Spacing: 2 3/16"
  • Finish: Gloss on Neck, Clear Natural on Top, Clear/Buffed on Back & Sides
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly
  • Inlays: 45-style body in abalone (body, rosette, top purfling) and 42-style fingerboard (snowflake inlay)
  • Peghead Binding: Ivoroid - standard
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge/End Pins: Ebony with abalone dots
  • Tuning Heads: Nickel Waverly
  • Finish: Natural
  • Headstock Logo: SCGC Logo in Abalone
  • Fingerboard Inlay: 42 style Snowflake
  • Purfling: 45 Style Abalone
  • Rosette: 45 Style Abalone
  • Pickup: K&K Pure Mini

This guitar is in very good condition and has undergone a full in-store professional inspection and setup. The neck is nice and straight, fits comfortably in the hand and exhibits only gentle fretwear. Cosmetically, there is a moderate amount of all-over finish wear in the forms of dings, heavier pickwear and scratches, as well as cracks to the finish on either side of the nut and coming from both wings of the bridge, as well as a crack in the top to the treble side of the rosette that has been repaired (and deemed structurally sound by our luthiers) all of which as can be seen in photos. Hoffee hard shell case is included. 

*** This item is at Five Star Guitars on consignment. As a result, all sales are final***

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