The Santa Cruz Guitar Co. turns 40 in 2016, and to celebrate, owner Richard Hoover trotted out a limited-edition Commemorative 40th Anniversary Model today at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

This is No. 1 of only 12 guitars that recreate the 1980s Santa Cruz FTC that Eric Clapton owns. In fact, Hoover decided to bring it back after restoring Clapton’s carved-back F cutaway model in 2015. Hoover says the company will release one commemorative 40th Anniversary FTC per month in 2016, each in a different tone wood and finish “to make them truly one-of-a-kind,” according to SCGC info.

This one features Flamed Maple and Bear Claw German Spruce.

Here are a few more images. All four photos in this post were taken at NAMM.

Santa Cruz 40th anniversary commemorative detail shot

Santa Cruz 40th anniversary commemorative detail shot

UPDATE: We promised and we’re delivering. Here’s a couple more shots of that pretty commemorative cutaway that offer more than just a tease!

Richard Hoover with the Santa Cruz 40th Anniversary F model (front)

Richard Hoover with the Santa Cruz 40th Anniversary F model (front)

Richard Hoover with the Santa Cruz 40th Anniversary F model (back)

Richard Hoover with the Santa Cruz 40th Anniversary F model (back)

SPECIFICATIONS

Flamed Maple / Bear Claw German Spruce

Flamed Maple neck

Ivoroid bindings

‘1976-2016′ commemorative half moon

’40’ commemorative heel cap

Art deco fingerboard inlays

Custom sunburst finish

Schaller Imperial tuners

US List Price: $12,500; available at Redwood Acoustics of Brookfield, WI.

 

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