Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A 'Ghost' Story

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A 'Ghost' Story

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When a colleague in the Czech Republic gifted US guitar builder Richard Hoover a set of 8,000-year-old oak boards, the founder of Santa Cruz Guitar Co. paired it with 3,000-year-old Sitka spruce to create a one-of-a-kind H13 model that has been lovingly nicknamed 'The Ghost Oak."

The timeless tonewood has a storied past, notes Santa Cruz Guitar spokeswoman Carolyn Sills: Glacial upheaval, plate tectonics, and vast volumes of moving water shifted the sand that buried the Ghost Oak for all those millennia. A nearly anaerobic entombment kept the integrity of the original timber intact, save for the gradual oxidation that colored the oak a smoky silver blue.

This rare material was given to Hoover by master luthier Roman Zajicek, whose shop is within hours of the Ghost Oak's resting place at the bottom of a sand mine. …

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