European spruce soundboard, Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, One piece Honduran mahogany neck, 14-fret ebony fingerboard, gold Gotoh 510 tuning machines, Nitro cellulose lacquer – 2017
Anyone who knows Ervin Somogyi’s work will immediately recognize this Modified Dreadnought (MD) design. It’s a large-bodied instrument with a dreadnought-esque profile. However, the waist is nipped in the manner of a classical and shifted further forward compared to a standard dreadnought; also it is higher up on the instrument, shifting its center of gravity and making it easier to balance and providing the player with a more comfortable playing position.
The MD has the same air volume as the standard dreadnought (which establishes an important natural resonance frequency). Its body size is at its best in ensemble settings, where power and focus of tone is required to be heard among other instruments.This potential for power and clarity has made the MD guitar the preferred choice of bluegrass guitarists.
This innovative model remains a mainstay of artists who require acoustic volume without compromising the quality of higher frequencies.