Born in Germany, luthier Otto Rauch has been playing guitar since childhood and making guitars since the 1980s. In addition to his own guitar design, he has produced models in the style of Hauser, Torres, Humphrey and many others, as well as even cellos and electric guitars. His instruments have been played by Angel Romero, Frank Bungarten and others. We are pleased to be representing Rauch and his instruments here at GSI.
This particular guitar is his "1930 Hauser" model and features an aged Italian spruce soundboard from the Dolomites (Rosengarten) and beautifully figured rosewood back and sides. Bindings are done in snakewood and there are striking "maserwood" elements throughout - most notably in the tie block, heel cap, strip along foot and back head veneer. Tuners are Alessi with snakewood buttons. Fit, finish and material choice are all top notch, and the guitar is set up for easy, comfortable playability. The tone and character are both firm and open, with excellent balance and separation. A fantastic take on the classic Hauser-style instrument.