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1936 Hermann Hauser I SP/CSAR

Year 1936
Top Spruce
Back & Sides CSA Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Germany
Luthier Hermann Hauser I
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Description

Hermann Hauser Sr. (1882-1952) is best remembered for the remarkable instruments he built in the Spanish style after 1924. In that year, both Andrés Segovia and Miguel Llobet visited Hauser. Segovia was impressed by the quality of Hauser’s work and wrote his impressions, noting that he “immediately saw the potential of this great artisan if only his mastery might be turned to the construction of the guitar in the Spanish pattern, as immutably fixed by Torres and Ramirez as the violin had been fixed by Stradivarius and Guarnerius” (Segovia in Guitar Review 1954). Segovia encouraged Hauser to build instruments based on his 1912 Manuel Ramirez guitar (built by Santos Hernandez) after he examined and made measurements of this instrument. At this time Hauser also had the opportunity to examine Miguel Llobet’s famous 1859 Torres which would also become a decisive influence on the maturing “Hauser” style.

This guitar was built one year before the famous Hauser of Segovia - which is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and is an excellent example of Hauser’s fulfillment of the integration of the Spanish style into his own Germanic base. The meeting of the Spanish and German techniques and styles is perfectly synthesized in this instrument, and it stands out as an example of what has been determined to be one of the most iconic styles in history. Along with Torres, his guitars are the most studied, revered and desired of the great historical makers, and are coveted today by collectors, players and luthiers. Sound is as one would expect – great balance, clarity between voices and at the same time it has a rich, deep texture that gives it a unique lyricism and great beauty of tone. This instrument seems to have an exceptionally strong “Spanish” character to it – warm, dark and very romantic. It has had some repair work done in the past, including some well-repaired cracks in the top. The guitar is currently ready for concert stage or recording studio, or for a luxurious evening of private playing. Playability is a dream for both right and left hands. Truly a remarkable and rare instrument from one of history’s most important luthiers.

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1936 Hermann Hauser I SP/CSAR

John D. Loudermilk's "Windy and Warm" performed by Twanguero on a 1936 Hermann Hauser I

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