2019 Brian Cohen "1935 Hauser I" SP/IN
|Back & Sides||Indian Rosewood|
|Scale Length||645 mm|
|Nut width||51 mm|
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Brian Cohen, born in South Africa but living in England since 1974, is one of the best contemporary builders in the world today, arguably the best and most respected in England. He has dedicated his life to making reproductions of Hauser guitars and some Torres models. An important part of his life was his close work with Julian Bream. From 1991 to 1997 Cohen built 7 guitars for Bream, all Hauser models of ever increasing refinement under the exacting standards of Bream. The experience of working with Bream who had a deep understanding of guitar construction and knew exactly what he wanted in sound was profoundly important to Cohen.
This particular guitar, built in 2019 is a copy of a 1935 Hauser that Cohen had in his shop, admired, and knew well. It is slightly more compact in its dimensions from his standard guitar with a 645mm string length and a 51mm nut. There is a sublime ease of play to it, with a loose and soft action. One does not get fatigued playing it for long stretches. The guitar, while a model of an older guitar, is surprisingly loud with strong projection in a hall - its prior owner told us he felt "it is a concert guitar in the disguise of an intimate guitar". The sound is bright and clear in character, but with great warmth and sophistication. Quick in response with very good projection, this is an excellent instrument for the concert stage. Variations in tone colors are distinct and precise. In addition, we would expect this guitar to be a dream to record with. Aesthetics are striking, and several details are borrowed from Torres and Hauser (head shape, bridge inlays, green purflings, etc), however the rosette design is Cohen's. Materials are all tops - tuners are Rodgers with snakewood buttons, it has an aged spruce top, and a gorgeous straight-grained set of quarter-sawn Indian rosewood for the back and sides. Although used, this guitar is in excellent condition with barely any signs of prior use.