started making guitars at 11 years of age, and is now Australia's most promising young luthier. 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 has visited us several times here at GSI. This has given him the chance to examine and hear examples of the best classical guitars from master luthiers past and present.
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 various Hauser designs, most notably the famous 1937 Hauser of Segovia and also a 1966 Hauser II which Sean viewed here at GSI in 1999. This style produces an instrument with full, rounded tone, excellent balance and surprising volume, particularly for the slightly smaller body size. The materials used are beautiful flamed maple for the back & sides, and German spruce for the soundboard. Craftsmanship is extremely precise, with enormous attention paid to all elements of the detailing and overall design. Although a used guitar, it is in great shape with no damage or repairs, only some harmless, superficial playing wear in the finish.
Luthier Bio: Sean Hancock