When we used to display the 12 custom guitars in Acoustic Guitar magazine’s 10th Anniversary Collection on our office walls, it was always fun to see visitors’ reactions to the instruments. The one that seemed to pique their curiosity most was our 2000 Santa Cruz PJ, an exquisite parlor-style guitar with a 24-inch scale length, just 12-1/2 inches wide at the lower bout, festooned with a gorgeous vine inlay by Larry Robinson on its fingerboard. As they say, small is beautiful—and it sounds beautiful too, as played here by Gretchen Menn.
Along with Bob Taylor, Jean Larrivée, and Larry Breedlove, Richard Hoover, of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company, is a member of the illustrious generation of guitar company founders that also includes the late Bill Collings, in whose name we’ll be donating 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this instrument in support of guitar education in public schools and public programs.
And be sure to watch this video of Gretchen Menn playing Leo Brouwer’s “Etude No. 6,” a composition customarily played on a 19th-century style classical guitar from which the parlor instrument evolved.