"Producing the best musical instruments I can imagine has been my life's work. Although the guitar itself is of fairly simple construction there is an endless avenue of refinement and consideration for those of us engaged in this practice to happily trot down."- Julian Gaffney.
"I've trained quite a few apprentice luthiers by now. While it is impolitic to publicly favour one over any others, I do think that Julian Gaffney is one of the more promising ones. I consider it important to encourage individuals to find their own style, look, and "voice" of guitars. I've never been particularly interested in teaching anyone to turn out copies of Somogyi guitars; rather, I want them to learn the principles (aesthetic, structural, and tonal) of good guitar making and run with them. Julian, I think, is doing that rather well." - Ervin Somogyi
Julian Gaffney sets himself with the challenge of being able to make consistent instruments, regardless of the shapes or materials, knowing the importance of a balanced instruments regardless of styles and playing techniques. Having said this, Julian does preference rosewoods, as these beautiful tonewoods simply serve their purpose perfectly, taking a particular liking to Cocobolo.
The design of this modified dreadnought will be familiar to any Somogyi fans. Large in stature and sound, it's been ergonomically reworked to be comfortable even for players used to smaller instruments. On this particular model, Julian has paired some very clean, straight-grained Sitka spruce with an unusually patterned set of Brazilian rosewood. The combination results in a tone that is warm and balanced, with some identifiable overtones that reveal themselves when a note is given the chance to sustain. And sustain, it does. The large size of the mod D shape maximizes the potential of Brazilian rosewood, giving it every opportunity to shine. It's as adept at tackling standard as it is alternate tunings, and fingerstyle players will find its responsiveness and comfortable D-profile neck a delight.
- Body size: Modified dreadnought
- Top: Sitka spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
- Neck: Honduran mahogany with D-profile
- Scale length: 25.5"
- Nut width: 1-3/4"
- Fret wire: EVO Gold
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony
- Finish: Full French polish
- Cutaway: Florentine
- Case: Hoffee hard case
- Serial number: 031
- Year of build: 2021
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