1990 SCGC Swan OM-106




This custom OM was designed, partially built by, and had body woods and headstock overlay supplied by me. It was started in March of 1990. I was after a brighter tone, a shorter 25 1/4″ string scale, and a slimmer 1 11/16″ nut width for playing swing music. The German spruce top came from Jean Larrivee. In 1965, he had acquired a large, high quality quantity of this wood, which had been cut in 1955. The grain was consistently tight and even, and the tap tones magnificent. When first used on this guitar, the color was lighter than the ivoroid binding. There was no tint added to the finish, it is all natural aging. I inlaid the abalone top purfling and rosette myself. I like matching the plain into highly figured shell, balancing the figure on the right and left side of the top. I acquired the Brazilian rosewood set from Dexter Johnson. I like the vibrant splashes of orange color and the complex tap tones of this medium dense material. The Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay came from my sizable personal stash of it. The Gold Gotoh tuners I purchased with the scalloped button shape that reminds me of Grover G-98s from the 1930s. The minimalist white pearl fingerboard inlay was inspired by the 3 dots used on the snail shell inlay of 12 fret 18 style instruments that Martin made in the 1920s and early 1930s.  The snowflakes in the bridge feet were inspired by the 14 OM-45 deluxe Martins that were made in 1930. The pickguard came from a purchase made in 1987. The zipper style backstop and end strip were the standard design for Santa Cruz OMs at the time. This guitar has a bright, complex voice that makes it a great soloing or melody instrument. I really appreciate that the consigning owner has taken such good care of it all these years. My rule is that everything is for sale, so both of my employee guitars were eventually sold to qualified customers. This guitar comes with a TKL hardshell case. I also have other fancier options available from Cedar Creek and TKL.