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
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Rosette: Carp Carving and Abalone
Fingerboard Bindings: Ebony
Headplate: Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings: None
Headstock Inlay: None
Top Trim: Rosewood
Back Strip: Ebony with Wood Lines