Santa Cruz Guitars


Below is a sampling of the Santa Cruz Guitars that we have ordered for our shop. Keep in mind that there are guitars coming and going all the time. We will update this page as time permits. If you are interested in a Santa Cruz Guitar model not shown, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have ordered many guitars with custom options and our friends at the Santa Cruz Guitar Company are just a phone call away. We’d be happy to help find your family heirloom.

Please call us at (630) 960-2455 or view or Contact Page if you have any questions.

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Tobias Music & Santa Cruz
Guitar Company

Here at Tobias Music, we have had a close and personal relationship with Richard Hoover, Santa Cruz Guitars, and his companions for many years. We are the original dealer for the Santa Cruz Guitar Company here in Chicagoland, with a relationship going all the way back to 1999. We feel that our small mom and pop business model is a perfect match for experiencing his world class guitars. Mr. Hoover treasures the local Mom and Pop guitar shops. We hope you do too.

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company – “Hand Made, Handed Down”

Richard Hoover’s passion for the acoustic guitar gave rise to a burning desire to discover how they were made and equally important, how they worked.  In 1968, there was absolutely no information on the construction of the acoustic steel string guitars.  In pre-Internet days, the other independent pioneers of guitar building may just as well have been on other planets.

Throughout the process, a concept grew.  If I try to figure this out by myself it will take forever.  This simple frustration, voiced by Richard, would have a profound effect on the future of steel string guitar making.  If I hold true to the principals and ethics of lutherie traditions, I can work as a team with others to accelerate the learning curve without compromise.  This became the mission statement for the beginnings of boutique lutherie and the inspiration for the Santa Cruz Guitar Co. For a virtual tour of Richard’s facility, click here.

Copying the assemblies of the important brands was straightforward, compared to truly controlling the guitar’s voice. Hoover turned to the printed body of knowledge on centuries of violin refinement as the sole source of the true way.  Herein lay the key for taking his favored instrument out of the realm of the factories and into the enlightened practice of traditional lutherie. The quest included independent experimentation, the grace of mentors, countless repairs, restorations and the construction of numerous guitars and carved-top mandolins.

We know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that through practice and study we will pursue ongoing improvement. Each of us has become masterful in our current specialties and collectively we embody nearly two hundred years of expertise.  By adhering to the principles of physics and the tried and true practices of lutherie, Santa Cruz Guitar guarantees the most sophisticated instrument of its kind. We will assure maximum sustain and complexity of overtones and maintain consistency of balance and tone specific to each of our standard models. To accommodate the subjective nature and personal requirements of EQ, tone and presence, we offer our considerable talents to deliver exactly what you need in a custom instrument.

For a look inside the Santa Cruz facility, click here.

You will be in fine company with the world’s best players, including Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Warren Haynes, Elvis Costello, Eric Skye and many others featured on the Santa Cruz Players Page.