Gaffney Modified Dreadnought, Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce - Pre-Owned


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NY-based luthier Julian Gaffney has quite the background. After attending the Galloup School of Lutherie, he began his professional career working with lauded electric guitar builder Roger Sadowsky, eventually moving on to apprentice with Ervin Somogyi. Without knowing all that, though, Julian's guitars certainly speak for themselves. 

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.

Such a sonically beautiful package wouldn't be complete without some visual appointments and player upgrades. The entire body is finished with a French polish, giving it a slight amber hue, enhancing the wood grain, and thanks to its thinness, allowing for the best possible sonic response. Long-lasting EVO gold fret wire stands in for standard fret wire, and a Florentine cutaway allows more access up the neck. To finish it off, an intricately carved wood pattern starts on the rosette and is repeated on the end of the body, and on the cutaway and where the neck joins, while plum and amber wood pieces are inlayed in the fingerboard. An exquisite guitar that combines aural and visual excellence.

  • 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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Julian graduated from the Galloup school of lutherie then worked for Sadowsky Guitars for nearly eight years before beginning his apprenticeship at the Somogyi workshop. As you'd expect of a luthier with his pedigree, Julian's work is beautifully executed with a super-fast response and a full, rich tone.

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