Hermann Hauser III has tirelessly built guitars that capture the sound and aesthetic of the "teutonic" style, as initially established by his grandfather, Hermann Hauser I and transmitted through his father, Hermann Hauser II. Although it is one of the most iconic (and copied) styles since its inception, it should be no surprise that the style has been most faithfully preserved by Hermann III - indeed he works in the same workshop as his father and grandfather, uses many of the same tools, and even uses woods that were acquired by both his paternal predecessors.
This is a rare and very collectible guitar from Hauser III, in near-mint condition. The back and sides are made from a set of beautiful flamed maple and the entire instrument is French polished. There is also a dedication on the underside of the top to the first owner – Pepe Romero. Of note, Mr. Romero performed with this guitar on "Fernsehgarten" from ZDF, German television. It also has some beautiful mother-of-pearl inlay work in the headstock, which is rare for this builder. One of the most elegant designs in the history of guitar making, this instrument is just as beautiful in appearance as in sound. Made with very rare "white cedar" for the soundboard, the tone tends to have a very open, warm, "played-in" sound usually found in spruce guitars that have been played for half a century or longer. At the same time, it retains the trademark Hauser quality of bell-like clarity in all registers and is extremely balanced, much like a piano. The maple back and sides add a subtle warm glow to the tone, which gives it a slightly different flavor than its rosewood counterpart. For the serious aficionado looking for a guitar with enormous collectibilty, sound, playability and physical beauty, this instrument has it all.