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 great cedar-topped instrument by this maker in near-mint condition. Other than the addition of a tap-plate at some earlier stage of its life the guitar has had no work done to it whatsoever and is literally pristine. Soundwise, it has all the classic Hauser qualities - great balance, evenness of sustain and supreme clarity, with a touch of added warmth and overtone presence thanks to the cedar. Overall a great Hauser III by every standard.