Country & Western idol Brad Paisley has collaborated with West Coast luthier legend, Richard Hoover, to design a new instrument bearing Paisley's signature.
The pair were introduced by Hoover's best friend and dealer, Bill Warmouth of Artisan Guitars, after the Santa Cruz Guitar Co. founder suggested the pair worked on a new Paisley inspired design together.
The Brad Paisley Signature Guitar model’s body is made of East Indian rosewood and its top is made of bearclaw sitka spruce. All of the Santa Cruz Guitar Co. instruments are constructed from reclaimed wood, whether the source is a downed tree, log, post-Christmas evergreen or old building beam.
Each of the limited edition guitars will also feature Paisley's signature who will sign the label of each of the guitars
Average time for a customer to receive a handmade guitar after placing an order is four months, although it can take longer. So far, the record is 2.5 years for the company’s 30th anniversary model.
Santa Cruz Guitar Co. handcrafts just 600 guitars annually — the amount that major automated guitar manufacturers produce each day, said Hoover.
In related news, next year marks Santa Cruz Guitar’s 40th anniversary, and plans to celebrate are already underway:
“Maybe some very cool people will show up,” says Hoover.