1935 Hermann Hauser I SP/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||654 mm|
|Nut width||51 mm|
|Luthier||Hermann Hauser I|
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Built just two years before Segovia's iconic 1937 instrument, this is a supreme example of the mature Hauser I style at its best. It has the classic curves, compact (yet sturdy) build, and aesthetic features that make this one of the most iconic (and copied) models in the history of the craft. It also has the unmistakeable 'archetypal' Hauser I sound that has mesmerized audiences for nearly a century in the hands of players such as Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, and countless others. The sound can be described as having virtually everything one could ask for on a wish-list of sonic qualities - a piano-like clarity in all registers, precise balance and a vast color palette (bright and brassy when played ponticello, milky and luminous when played sul tasto, and everything imaginable in-between). Every note has a clearly defined and "anchored" fundamental at its core with very controlled and transparent overtones. For quality of sound and ease of playability this is an exceptional and rare example of this makers best work. As if this wasn't enough - the guitar is in fantastic condition - it has no cracks or repairs of any kind.
At some point quite in its history, it had a coat of lacquer sprayed over the French polish and a tap plate added - likely to preserve the pristine condition of the instrument and protect it from playing wear - if so, the goal has been achieved as the instrument has very little wear in it at all. For those in search of the ultimate Hauser I, this has it all - the elegant and classic Hauser design, superb feel and playability, and most importantly - incredible nuance and subtlety of sound.