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Default 2014 Somogyi Andamento Jumbo, Brazilian Rosewood/German Spruce

Odds are, if you’ve followed us for any length of time you’ve been exposed to the grandfather of the fingerstyle guitarbuilding, Ervin Somogyi. And if you know anything about his work, you’ll agree that fit and finish, attention to detail, and immense musicality are all hallmarks of his style. Given that, consider how much effort, how many hours, Ervin put into this Andamento Jumbo? To date, Ervin has only built five of these museum-quality guitars. Each of these instruments has come at the cost of many long and painstaking hours at Ervin’s bench.
According to the man himself, "The Andamento guitars are noteworthy in that eleven separate mosaic patterns have been created for it: its back and sides inlaid with ten different mosaic pattern tiles, connected by a latticework of black-white-black purfling lines; and there’s a separate mosaic pattern in the segmented soundhole rosette. Furthermore, the back and side inlays are micromosaic tiles. Each tile comprises of 200 separate pieces of wood. The Andamento guitar has some 200 of these tiles—twenty each of each separate design—and each tile is half the size of a dime. They are perfectly executed despite of their smallness of scale.”
So many details, so many opportunities for failure, yet this 2014 Andamento Jumbo is only a portrait of perfection. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, German Spruce top with incredible bearclaw figure, and geometric inlays along the back of the neck—we can say without hyperbole that this is one of the most unique guitars of Somogyi’s long career on the planet.
If you’d like to read even more about Ervin’s process, check out the “Special Projects” page on his website:

"This guitar is nothing less than the culmination of a nearly 50-year career of one of the finest guitarmakers on the planet. Ervin Somogyi pulled out all the stops and combined the finest materials with his unparalleled skills to create a museum quality masterpiece. He’s only made five of these! It is among the rarest and most sought after collectible guitars we’ve ever had the pleasure to hold. The voice is majestic, compelling, and awe-inspiring. Thank you, Ervin, for changing the guitar world." - Paul Heumiller

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