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Eric Skye demonstrates his 00-size Santa Cruz signature model.

by Teja Gerken
February 01, 2018

Portland, Oregon-based guitarist Eric Skye is best known for his fingerstyle jazz arrangements. His most recent CD, A Different Kind of Blue, re-creates Miles Davis’ classic album Kind of Blue in a solo acoustic guitar context. In this video, recorded for his segment in Peghead Nation’s Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop, Eric plays his arrangement of “All Blues,” and demonstrates and discusses his OO-Skye signature model, built by the Santa Cruz Guitar Co. (santacruzguitar.com). Based on a 12-fret 00-design, the guitar is ⅛-inch deeper than standard, has a 24.9-inch scale, and is built with cocobolo back and sides. While standard OO-Skye’s are constructed with an Adirondack spruce top, the guitar in this video has an Italian spruce top with heavy bearclaw figure. Eric also talks about his aLaska fingerpicks, Fred Kelly thumbpick, D’Addario strings, Elliott capo, and K&K pickups.

To see Eric teach his tune “Happy Cake,” enroll in Peghead Nation’s Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop today. ericskye.com

Category: Instruments & Gear

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Posted by jerrylm42@yahoo.com on
Recently had the pleasure of spending a day with Eric, and besides being a Great musician he is one heck of a nice guy as well and a gentleman. Got to play some tunes with him, even though I am way,way,way below his skill level it was fun and he never made me feel lesser for the mistakes.....Saw him in a house concert and his guitar sounded phenomenal!! was a memorable experience. Nothing but the best to you Eric........... Jerry & Sherrie, Florence Oregon
Posted by John Goold on
Neat. Love that info. Going to look up the "Neck up".
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