This guitar features custom specs of Cocobolo back and sides, a Moon Spruce top, 42 Style Abalone Inlays, Snakewood binding, a Torch Peghead inlay, a Yellow Rose inlay at the 5th fret, a Cocobolo overlay, and a custom sunburst finish. 


What’s up with thirteen frets? The historical precedent for this classic shape was the Gibson ‘Nick Lucas Special’ from the 1920’s and ’30’s, the one Bob Dylan holds in early photos. The “H” designation is an acknowledgement to the guardian of the lore of all things vintage and stringed, Maestro Paul Hostetter, who commissioned SCGC to build the prototype in 1978. In spite of the question of whether the historic 13 frets to the body had any basis in acoustic science, our reason for using it does.


SCGC’s concept for the H-13 is to achieve power beyond what would be expected in a small-bodied guitar. Two fundamental lutherie tricks make this possible: a longer string length (more downward pressure at the saddle) and more air space via a deeper body (increased volume and bass response). To place the bridge in the optimal position for power and maintain the longer string length, the neck needs to join the body at the 13th fret. Cool, huh? This is a gorgeous classic with power and presence expected from a much larger instrument. Perfect for aggressive fingerstyle blues and vocal accompaniment, the H-13 feels really sweet to hold.

Santa Cruz H13 13-Fret Parlor Acoustic Cocobolo B&S, Moon Spruce Top, Rose Inlay

  • BODY SIZE 13-Fret Parlor Guitar
    BACK & SIDES Cocobolo
    TOP WOOD Moon Spruce
    NECK WOOD Mahogany
    NUT WIDTH 1 3/4"
    INLAY 42 Style Abalone, SCGC Logo in Abalone
    SCALE LENGTH 25.375"
    TUNERS Gold Waverlys
    BINDING Snakewood/Abalone
    ROSETTE Abalone
    BRACING H13 Scalloped/Tapered
    HEEL CAP Mahogany
    PICKGUARD Tortoise
    NECK FINISH Clear/Matte
    TOP FINISH Sunburst
    B&S FINISH Clear/Buffed
    CASE Santa Cruz Hardshell

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