1969 Hermann Hauser II CD/CSAR (Romero collection)
Back & Sides:
This instrument was one of six guitars from Pepe Romero's personal collection that were featured in a memorable event in the GSI showroom on June 1, 2013. These 7 instruments were chosen in particular since they are the key guitars that have most influenced his son, luthier Pepe Romero Jr., over the course of his life, both before and during his activity as a luthier. The guitars were presented by Pepe Jr. and played by none other than maestro Scott Tennant. This was about as personal a connection with these absolutely historic guitars as one could get, with background stories and information provided by Pepe Jr. who has studied these guitars intimately (and literally lived with them). And to have them played by Scott Tennant in a great-sounding intimate space made this a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Click here to see photos of the event.
This instrument was built by Hermann Hauser II for Pepe Romero in 1969 (and has a dedication to Pepe inside the guitar). Pepe used this instrument to record his album "Opera Fantasy" and concertized with it many times over the years. It is made with cedar for the top - a wood that Hauser II was very comfortable with, and this guitar features a unique bracing pattern under the top with a split "V-shaped" lower harmonic bar which opens up more of the soundboard to the vibration emanating from the bridge area. The sound is lush yet firm and bold, characteristics of the best guitars by this maker.