There are few names that elicit a response among luthiers and players alike like one man's: Ervin Somogyi. Having elevated the state of lutherie to heretofore unseen heights, Somogyi enjoys a reputation for building the finest fingerstyle guitars for today's players, with a lengthy waiting list and a stable of apprentices learning Ervin's master touches firsthand. Accordingly, this 2005 Somogyi Jumbo represents many of the hallmarks of Somogyi's style: enormous, enveloping bass notes, a florentine cutaway, delicately ornate carving, wedge-shaped sides for player comfort, French Polished top for maximum resonance. From the swooping lower bout (at 16 1/2") to Ervin's graceful crenellation at the peak of the headstock, this Jumbo is the very image of perfection.The Brazilian Rosewood back and sides are razor-straight grained, and the European Spruce top (adorned by what must have been dozens of hours' work to carve this celtic knot) is pared to maximum responsiveness, making the voice of this Somogyi dynamic and articulate. Built for fingerstyle in 2005, this Jumbo provides wonderful string-to-string balance, replete with haunting treble overtones, and in 2016 the previous owner commissioned Ervin to revoice the top, making this Jumbo even more articulate and thunderously projective by utilizing the voicing techniques he's cultivated for his newest instruments.This is a work of art that has been rejuvenated by its maker, combining the latter's latest skills with tonewoods which have opened up immensely in the past decade.Check out this video of Al playing this Somogyi in DADGAD:
Year Condition Color
2005 Very Good Brazilian Rosewood


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