Anyone have a Santa Cruz Vintage Southerner?

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  1. MikeB_18

    MikeB_18 Member

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    I've had the pleasure of playing one on two different occasions and I can't get it out of my mind. For what I like from an acoustic, I don't think it get's any better. I played the Collings, Bourgeois, Gibson, Taylor, Martin and other Santa Cruz's offered by the shop and nothing comes close to the greatness of the VS.

    The only problem is that I don't have $3000+ to drop on a guitar right now. As much as I'd like to just buy it, my reasonable half tells me it's a bad idea. :puh

    Anyone that has one wanna share your thoughts both good an bad?
     
  2. Grun

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    It's been a #1 on my list for a while. Just haven't found the right deal yet. I already have a few nice acoustics, but I would still love a VS. I really like the short scale on that size guitar. I did play one, and it was a beauty like a knew it would be. One of these days. You don't see them around used much, 'cause I've been looking for a while and I haven't seen many. Like I said, one of these days. People do seem to hang on to them.
     
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    As the owner of two Santa Cruz I say there's no time like the present.
     
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    I just got the VS from Artisan in Nashville. Bill and Ellie Warmoth are the best to deal with. This guitar amazes me daily. BTW: I have been through a number of "high end" acoustics.
     
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    I like the burst on that one, very Gibson looking. The one I played has much more of an orange color in the center instead of yellow and there isn't as much of a color change from the center to the sides.
     
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    Mc-K Gold Supporting Member

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    a used one will run you maybe 2200. check out larkstreetmusic.com

    he had a used one in this price range.
     
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    I had a VS for about 4 years. My style was moving more and more toward fingerstyle and I simply wanted a small-bodied 12-fretter. NOT because the VS didn't handle fingerstyle playing well - it really did - and it took one helluva guitar to sell it.

    I had a buyer in the UK lined up for it for 1 1/2 years. I sent him an e-mail and he pounced on it immediately at $2K along with first right of refusal should he ever sell it ;). It's an exceptional guitar and completely responsible for opening my eyes up to mahogany acoustics.

    Good luck and stay on the trail...everything surfaces in time.
     
  9. MikeB_18

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I think I'm going to my local dealer this week to give it another play. I called them yesterday to ask a question and found out that they've got a Bourgeois Vintage D, Collings CJ (used), The Santa Cruz VS and a True Vintage Gibson Southern Jumbo in stock. I think after playing those four guitars I should have a pretty good idea of which one I like the most.

    My original plan, before I played the Santa Cruz, was a Southern Jumbo with an upgraded spruce top. So I think playing the True Vintage with a standard spruce top should give a decent idea as to whether or not I want to pursue that guitar any further or go Boutique.
     
  10. CW NYC

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    Pristine condition, hardly played.

    Let me know and I'll post some pics and details.
    Thanks
     

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