Ervin Somogyi Modified Dreadnought Cutaway, Brazilian Rosewood & Sitka Spruce - Pre-Owned


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"The Mod-D. or M.D. (Modified Dreadnought) is my proprietary shape, it grew out of the very traditional Martin Dreadnought guitar. That guitar was designed for musicians who stood when they played; my version is designed for musicians who sit. As such, it offers a waist and a better center-of-balance." - Ervin Somogyi 

Ervin Somogyi isn't called the luthier's luthier for nothing. We have many a modified dreadnought in our shop at any given moment, but here, we have one from the originator of the design himself. This pre-owned Somogyi Modified Dreadnought was crafted in 1994, and despite its nearly 30 years, it remains in near mint condition (it's hard to even find marks on the pickguard). Ervin himself recently re-voiced the guitar as part of its renovation, ensuring that its voice and quality would be consistent with his more recent work.

The combination of a Sitka spruce top, with just the slightest bit of bearclaw figuring, and Brazilian rosewood back and sides, is as well-balanced, rounded, and tonally rich as you could hope. Its responsiveness suits the fingerstylist as you would expect from this design, but it's got plenty of power for the strummer. Visually, the tight pattern of the rosette, the unique curvature of the bridge, the fingerboard inlay, and the proprietary Somogyi headstock all combine together to feel at once old- and other-worldly.

  • Body: Modified dreadnought, cutaway
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany with D profile
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Pickguard: Clear
  • Scale length: 25-1/4"
  • Nut width: 1-13/16"
  • String spacing at bridge: 2-5/16"
  • Case: Original hard case
  • Serial number: 147
  • Year of build: 1994


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Ervin Somogyi

Ervin Somogyi is widely regarded as the Godfather of Modern Lutherie, and his guitars are seen as some of the very best ever made. Mentor to many of the greatest luthiers on the scene, Ervin's work is highly regarded by luthiers, guitarists and collectors alike.

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