Hermann Hauser ® I as a German luthier, holds a leading position among luthiers worldwide. He took over the instrument workshop of his father while Josef Hauser ® was still managing the music publishing house. Hermann Hauser ® I specialised in making lutes and guitars but also remained true to the construction of zithers. In the context of the Guitaristic Movement in Bavaria, Hermann Hauser ® I built a large number of different guitars; in particular the Vienna models and the Munich models in all kinds of forms, but all in absolute perfection. The Terz, Prim and the very rare Quintbass guitars of Hermann Hauser ® I are of highest quality. Even today, the sound of those instruments is still unsurpassed. Based on his special virtuosity, Hermann Hauser ® I developed technical, patented innovations in the area of construction of the guitar’s tops and body-neck connections. The Spanish virtuosi Miguel Llobet and Andres Segovia became attentive to Hermann Hauser® I’s art of making guitars at the beginning of the 20th century.
This guitar by Hermann Hauser ® I was probably built in 1910 or 1911. The spruce top, which is a two-piece, is treated with shellac and framed by a thin and dark purfling. The decoration around the soundhole consists of a bold and dark purfling which is on both sides followed by one light and one additional dark purfling. The two-piece back and the ribs, which are as well two-pieces, are made of wonderfully flamed maple. The eight-form headstock is equipped with six pegs. Head and neck are mortised. The neck was treated with shellac and due to this the grain of the maple wood is accentuated. The neck is glued together with the body. The fingerboard has a zero fret and is scalloped. On the fifth and on the seventh fret an eye of mother of pearl can be found. Frets number ten to seventeen are made of wood and are embedded