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The Gryphon repair guys visit Richard Hoover's
Santa Cruz Guitar Company
© Frank Ford, 4/11/98; Photos by FF, 4/9/98

From the left, it's Tim Chambers, Richard Hoover, Steve Swan, me, Mike Gold.

Besides wearing a T-shirt that happens to match the turquoise Santa Cruz guitar, Steve Swan is almost a fixture around SCGC.

Steve operates his own store, Steve Swan Guitars in El Cerrito, California, and spends part of a day every week at SCGC overseeing the construction of the numerous custom Santa Cruz guitars he offers in his shop, many made with his own special woods. Clearly, Steve is the man to see for a custom Santa Cruz guitar. You can find him on the web:

Richard has his hands full running the operation:

Well, OK, he has his arms folded, but you know what I mean.

Richard is gracious as always, ready to take time to answer any questions and personally guide us through the workshop. Here he's discussing wood drying techniques with Tim:

The workroom is a busy place with interesting stuff happening all the time:

Top and back braces are been glued on at this station:

The "go-bar" deck is a natural photo op.



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