Ervin Somogyi - Classical Koi 2011




Building primarily high-end steel-string guitars that sell for over $30,000 each, Somogyi cultivates a clientele of serious musicians—such as the late John Denver and Michael Hedges, and fingerstyle master Alex de Grassi.


Recording artists such as Daniel Hecht and George Winston list Somogyi as the builder of their guitars for several past and present albums.

He creates exactly one handmade, steel-string acoustic guitar per month, twelve annually (he doesn't take vacations), [more than] 456 since he started in the early 1970s]

He has written two volumes on lutherie, "The Responsive Guitar" and "Making the Responsive Guitar", as well as "Voicing the Guitar", a DVD produced at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in 2009.



Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood

Top Wood: Sitka Spruce

Fingerboard: Ebony

Neck Wood: Mahogany

Bridge: Rosewood

Rosette: Carp Carving and Abalone

Binding: Ebony

Fingerboard Bindings: Ebony

Headplate: Rosewood - Brazilian

Headstock Bindings: None

Headstock Inlay: None

Top Trim: Rosewood

Back Strip: Ebony with Wood Lines



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