Vintage Artist

Doc Watson, who owned the prototype of the Vintage Artist, said, “This is the Dreadnought I’ve been looking for all my life.” In 1991, Richard Hoover collaborated with vintage experts to identify the most desirable qualities of the iconic Pre-War D-18. Maestro Watson’s contributions to the concept were born of an appreciation of the clarity of Mahogany’s tone and his requirements for playability. At the time, Doc had put as many hours into Rockabilly on a Les Paul as he had on the Dreadnought. His lack of preoccupation with a particular vintage model played perfectly with SCGC’s philosophy to ‘combine, not copy.’ After Doc’s test pilot duties on the prototype, he offered this thoughtful testimonial: “Son, what do I have to do to keep this guitar?”

We present this instrument as the tonal equal and technical superior to the most respected Pre-War guitars. To achieve the characteristic EQ and tone of the legendary Doc Watson, aka ‘the Vintage Artist,’ this instrument features an advanced, scalloped X-bracing for powerful bass, complemented by the clear tone and definition of master grade Mahogany.

Body Wood Type Mahogany
Back Stripe Zipper
Binding Ivoroid
Top Wood Type Sitka Spruce
Rosette Ivoroid
Purfling Herringbone
Bracing/Voicing Scalloped/Advanced X
Neck Peghead Solid Square
Peghead Binding I/B/I
Overlay Material Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Inlay SCGC
Width at Nut 1-11/16
Fingerboard Side Dots Black
Inlay 2mm dots
Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16
Binding I/B/I
Scale Length 25.375
Neck Shape V with Volute
Finish Top Tinted
Back & Sides Clear/Buffed
Neck Clear/Matte
Setup Pickguard Tortoise
Tuners/gears Nickel Waverlys

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