Doc Watson, who owned the prototype of the Vintage Artist, said, “This is the Dreadnought I’ve been looking for all my life.” In 1991, Richard Hoover collaborated with vintage experts to identify the most desirable qualities of the iconic Pre-War D-18. Maestro Watson’s contributions to the concept were born of an appreciation of the clarity of Mahogany’s tone and his requirements for playability. At the time, Doc had put as many hours into Rockabilly on a Les Paul as he had on the Dreadnought. His lack of preoccupation with a particular vintage model played perfectly with SCGC’s philosophy to ‘combine, not copy.’ After Doc’s test pilot duties on the prototype, he offered this thoughtful testimonial: “Son, what do I have to do to keep this guitar?”


Santa Cruz presents this instrument as the tonal equal and technical superior to the most respected Pre-War guitars. To achieve the characteristic EQ and tone of the legendary Doc Watson, aka ‘the Vintage Artist,’ this instrument features an advanced, scalloped X-bracing for powerful bass, complemented by the clear tone and definition of master grade Mahogany.

Santa Cruz Vintage Artist

  • BODY SIZE Dreadnought
    TOP WOOD Sitka Spruce
    BACK & SIDES Mahogany
    BACK STRIPE Zipper
    BODY BINDING Ivoroid
    ROSETTE Ivoroid
    TOP PURFLING Herringbone
    BRACING Scalloped/Advanced X
    PEGHEAD Solid Square with Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid binding
    OVERLAY MATERIAL Brazilian Rosewood
    NUT WIDTH 1-11/16"
    NECK SHAPE V with Volute
    SIDE DOTS Black
    FRET INLAY 2mm Dots
    WIDTH AT 14TH FRET 2-3/16"
    FRETBOARD BINDING Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
    SCALE LENGTH 25.375"
    TOP FINISH Tinted
    BACK & SIDES FINISH Clear Buffed
    NECK FINISH Clear Matte
    PICKGUARD Tortoise
    TUNERS Nickel Waverlys
    CASE SCGC Hardshell

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