The latest addition to our collection of instruments from NY-based luthier Julian Gaffney is another exquisite Modified Dreadnought. From the tonewoods to the fine appointments, we couldn't be more thrilled with the result.
A familiar design for any Somogyi fans, the modified dreadnought was created to give fingerstylists and other players who prefer to play seated a comfortable large-bodied instrument. On this model, redwood and Brazilian rosewood come together for a tone that is open, ethereal and orchestral. For folks who love the dark warmth of cedar, redwood offers a similar tone, but with an added clarity and bite in the midrange. It's perfect for balancing out the "scooped-out" sound of Brazilian rosewood. And as usual, the large-bodied dreadnought size is ideal for maximizing all the best features of Brazilian rosewood. The sustain, the bell-like sweetness in the high end, the overtones - this guitar has it all in spades. This is the guitar for the adventurous player who loves to dive into every drop tuning under the sun.
To accent this guitar's otherworldly tone, Julian took the rosette in an interesting direction, making half an intricate woven pattern in light brown, ivory and green, and the other a pair of abalone half-rings. On the headstock, there's a framed strip of abalone that has an Art Deco feel. The overall impact is dramatic and distinctive, without being flashy or over the top.