Instrument Details

1977 Somogyi 12-String, Indian Rosewood/Spruce
$9,270
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Specs
Status
In Stock
Brand
Somogyi, Ervin
Product Year
1977
Model
12-String
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP1897
Condition
Nail marks and dings, usual for age. Evidence of a removed pickguard, and a repaired headstock crack. Frets and setup are sound.
Body Type(s)
Medium, 000
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Indian
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Mosaic
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Diamonds
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Burl
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Instrument Finish
Gloss
Body Bindings
Rosewood
Tuners
Gotoh
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
11.125 in
Lower Bout
14.625 in
Body Depth Heel
3.75 in
Body Depth Tail
4.25 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.875 in
Nut Width (mm)
47.6 mm
String Spacing
2.313 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.7 mm
Weight
4 lb. 9 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

One of the most well-known names in modern lutherie, Ervin Somogyi. We’ve been lucky to work with his guitars for a number of years, and today we’ve landed a unique piece of Somogyi history: his first 12-String, built in 1977. Originally owned by none other than Alex DeGrassi, this Ervin’s first has Indian Rosewood back and sides and Spruce on top, 12 frets to the body, and a Classical-style mosaic rosette. The body dimensions are slim for a 12-string (14 5/8” across the lower bout), granting a warmth and punchy flavor to the voice. While it doesn’t have the signature bass response that Ervin’s guitars are now known for, this 12-String has a balance and intimacy to it that really lends itself to recording. The setup is slick and easy, the nut coming in at 1 7/8” and the saddle string spacing at 2 5/16”. It’s a fantastic 12-String by itself, and it has the added provenance of being Ervin’s first.


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Here is a historic guitar with wonderful provenance. The first ever 12-string guitar by Ervin Somogyi, the master builder and author who is now taught an entire generation of guitar makers. This guitar was once owned by Alex DeGrassi, the legendary recording artist as well. At once collectible and playable, this is a special find.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.875 in
STRING SPACING 2.313 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
ROSEWOOD - INDIAN

One of the most well-known names in modern lutherie, Ervin Somogyi. We’ve been lucky to work with his guitars for a number of years, and today we’ve landed a unique piece of Somogyi history: his first 12-String, built in 1977.
 

Here is a historic guitar with wonderful provenance. The first ever 12-string guitar by Ervin Somogyi, the master builder and author who is now taught an entire generation of guitar makers.
 
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