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2007 Somogyi Mod D, Brazilian Rosewood/Sitka Spruce
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Somogyi
Product Year
2007
Model
Mod D
Serial #
400
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4697
Condition
Case has one broken latch. Only one top ding.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Sitka
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Rosewood - Brazilian
Rosette
Segmented Patterned Rectangles
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Linear Paua Abalone
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Makore Burl
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Rosewood - Brazilian
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Tuner Finish
Bronze with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
Florentine
Pickguard
Clear
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20.125 in
Upper Bout
11.875 in
Lower Bout
15.875 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
4.875 in
Scale Length
25.125 in
Scale Length (mm)
638.2 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.25 in
String Spacing (mm)
57.2 mm
Weight
4 lb. 12 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - Calton Flight Case
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Description

Ervin Somogyi perhaps more than any other luthier from the past several decades has helped define the contemporary fingerstyle guitar. When solo artists began recording unaccompanied steel string guitar, they came to Ervin for a more responsive guitar. From this need Somogyi created the Modified Dreadnought, or Mod D, that has now become ubiquitious in the modern fingerstyle world.


Here the dimensions of a regular Dreadnought are tightened up just a bit, and the top is voiced for maximum response at even the lightest touch. While at first glance it may appear to be just another Dread, Somogyi's Mod D is a creature far removed from the tonal parameters of its traditional predecessor. You've got an enormous, enveloping bass response, sure, but the other registers don't suffer like you find with a traditional dread. Instead, the voice is consistently responsive across the fretboard, so complex chord voicings and tunings ring out with the added clarity you’d normally only find in a smaller, quieter guitar.


Mod D #400 is a powerhouse. Juicy trebles and a profound sonority. Great strummed, but absolutely shines under fingertips. Brazilian Rosewood and super tight Sitka Spruce, a combination Ervin is known for championing. It's had a few years to open up since we first saw it, and we're happy to report the voice has only improved with age! This is a unique chance to own one of the best guitar designs ever created, from one of modern lutherie's most revered makers.

For a number of years I played Somogyi number 404. It's a guitar that’s famous in the music world; many pros have played it and agreed that it was something special. This Mod D is a milestone guitar at 400 seems to have gotten some extra mojo as well. Deep, dark Brazilian Rosewood and Ervin's favorite Spruce, Sitka, up top. If you’ve never played one, let me tell you there's something about his tone that makes you want to play lingering beautiful notes so that you can hear all the juice that’s in between. Clarity and separation to spare, fat and enjoyable bass response, and trebles that sing out. A tone junky's kind of guitar.
 
The Classic design that made this luthier famous. The bass frequencies are big and powerful, making it feel like a portable piano. Amazing.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.125 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.25 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

Ervin Somogyi perhaps more than any other luthier from the past several decades has helped define the contemporary fingerstyle guitar. When solo artists began recording unaccompanied steel string guitar, they came to Ervin for a more responsive guitar.
 

For a number of years I played Somogyi number 404. It's a guitar that’s famous in the music world; many pros have played it and agreed that it was something special.
 
The Classic design that made this luthier famous. The bass frequencies are big and powerful, making it feel like a portable piano.
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