Ever since West Coast luthier Richard Hoover began producing high-quality acoustic guitars under the Rodeo name in the early 1970s, his drive has been finding the right tonewoods and body tunings. Santa Cruz Guitars is a product of that drive, offering consistently master-built acoustic instruments, including traditional dreadnaught and OM styles fit for bluegrass or fingerpicking. Recently the company introduced a True Acoustic Bass, and it continues to build signature models for Arlen Roth, Bob Brozman, Ian Janis, and Tony Rice.