In the 1920′s, the Orchestra Model was originally intended to be a large guitar capable of being heard over other orchestral instruments, hence the OM name. Although it fit the bill, its relatively large body was soon eclipsed by the mighty dreadnought. Fortunately, the OM had secured its place in history as a powerful and versatile voice for public performance. Santa Cruz was among the first modern builders to reintroduce this now smaller bodied favorite at the beginning of the Eighties. Our practice of combining the most desirable attributes of old and new, rather than copying, made for a very successful introduction of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to a whole new audience. With some irony, this acclaim encouraged the venerable originator of the OM to reintroduce the model to their line. Eric Clapton’s historic performance on the debut of MTV Unplugged set us on a course for another 25 years of success with this now perennial favorite.

Other specifications of the OM Short Scale Bear Claw include:

Body Wood Type     Cocobolo
Back Stripe     Zipper
Binding     Ivoroid
Top Wood Type     Moon Spruce
Rosette     Abalone
Purfling     Black/Maple/Black
Bracing/Voicing     Adirondack with Hot Hide Glue  
Peghead     Solid Square
Peghead Binding     Ivoroid
Overlay Material     Ebony
Headstock Inlay     SCGC
Width at Nut     1-3/4″
Neck Shape     V with Volute
Width at 14th Fret     2-3/16
Binding     Ivoroid
Top Finish    Clear
Back & Sides     Clear/Buffed
Neck     Clear   
Tuners/gears     Gold Waverly with Snakewood Buttons
Body Length     19.375″
Body Depth     3.25-4.25″
Number of Frets     20
Frets Clear of the Body     14
Lower Bout     15.25″
Waist     9.25″
Upper Bout     11.25″
Bridge Spacing     2-1/4"
Short Scale
Hard Case

For more information about the Santa Cruz OM guitar, please contact us.

Year Condition Case
Call Brand New Hard


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