2006 Sean Hancock SP/IN
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This guitar was constructed in the Hancock workshop atop beautiful Mt. Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland, Queensland, Australia. Sean's guitars are based on a Hauser design and are influenced heavily by the famous 1937 Segovia Hauser and also a 1966 Hauser II, which Sean viewed here at GSI in 1999.
The materials used are Indian rosewood for the back & sides, and German spruce for the soundboard. The bindings on this guitar are flamed European maple and the purflings incorporate the subdued light green which is a renowned feature of Hauser guitars; this combination is also reflected in Sean's signature rosettes.
Hauser-style guitars are known for their full rounded tone and the excellent balance, this instrument has both these qualities as well as good volume for this smaller-bodied style of instrument.
Sean Hancock started making guitars at 11 years of age, and is now Australia's most promising young luthier and is only in his twenties. Fine wood crafting has been in the Hancock family for several generations: Sean's Great-Great-Grandfather Arthur Collingwood was a renowned wood artisan who worked on Westminster Cathedral in London, England. In 1997 Sean was the youngest Australian to win the Nescafe Big Break after appearing with his guitars on National Television's Today morning program (with his brother Dane, and his father Kim who are also luthiers). Since then Sean has been featured on cable television's channel V, and in numerous other publications.
Sean regularly travels and visits us here at GSI. This gives him a chance to examine and hear examples of the best classical guitars from master luthiers past and present.