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1996 Somogyi Thin-Body Mod D Indian Rosewood/Sitka Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Somogyi
Product Year
1996
Model
Thin-Body Mod D
Serial #
170
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP306
Condition
Saddle slot filled and recut for L.R. Baggs Anthem UST by Ervin. Strings were also ramped toward saddle for improved break angle. Two shallow top dings. Some mild fret wear in first position. Refinished a few years ago by Addam Stark, preamp slot converted into soundports by Ray Kraut.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Indian
Top
Spruce - Sitka
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Segmented
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Vertical Abalone Bars
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Rosewood
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
Florentine
Pickguard
None
Pickup
L.R. Baggs Anthem
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
20.5 in
Upper Bout
12 in
Lower Bout
16 in
Body Depth Heel
3 in
Body Depth Tail
4.5 in
Scale Fan Treble
25.13
Scale Length
26 in
Scale Length (mm)
660.4/638.3 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.13 in
String Spacing (mm)
54 mm
Weight
4 lb. 15 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - Calton Flight Case
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Description


If a guitar’s got anything to do with Ervin Somogyi and the California Guitar Trio, you know it’s going to be good. Exhibit A: our 1996 Somogyi Thin-Body Mod D (TBMD for short) in Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce.


Think up a list of all the cool innovations you’d like your ideal fingerstyle guitar to feature and chances are this TBMD already has them: multiscale fretboard, Manzer-style body wedge, square offset soundports on the lower bout, L.R. Baggs Anthem UST & mic combo. Oh, and the tone juice from years in the hands of the California Guitar Trio that's saturated the Sitka Spruce top. And a green Calton flight case! We almost forgot about that part, sorry. It’s just so easy to just get lost in the frets on this one.


The L.R. Baggs Anthem combo UST and microphone is an incredible pickup bundled with a mix control to blend between the microphone and undersaddle element—the lightweight TBMD with its Manzer wedge and slim sides was designed with the stage in mind, and there it surely succeeds. The smaller air cavity steers the voice towards more punch and control than Somogyi’s full-size Mod D, making it excellent for recording as well.


Ervin went back over the TBMD a few years back and set it up with its current oil-slick playability. Voiced for altered tunings (like NST or DADGAD, suppose), the TBMD remains a crisp and responsive multiscale wonder with a scale of 26 inches in the bass to 25 1/8 inches at the trebles.

There's something I can't quite place my finger on about this Somogyi. It's clearly unlike anything else I've seen from Ervin's shop. I think the smaller body emphasizes the balance across the strings so there really isn't a register that overpowers the others. It almost reminds me of the 000 12-fret that Ervin made for me with a multiscale fretboard
 
This is the first one of these I've seen, and I think it is very cool. The thin body makes it really comfortable to hold and creates a nice balanced tone. The bass is not as pronounced as a standard Mod D, which makes the idea of having the installed pickup in it even better. The player can dial in as much bass as necessary in the pickup without the guitar's natural acoustic bass overpowering it. This guitar has been well-cared for.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.13 in - 26 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.13 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA,
ROSEWOOD - INDIAN

If a guitar’s got anything to do with Ervin Somogyi and the California Guitar Trio, you know it’s going to be good. Exhibit A: our 1996 Somogyi Thin-Body Mod D (TBMD for short) in Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce.
 

There's something I can't quite place my finger on about this Somogyi. It's clearly unlike anything else I've seen from Ervin's shop.
 
This is the first one of these I've seen, and I think it is very cool. The thin body makes it really comfortable to hold and creates a nice balanced tone.
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