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Hermann Hauser ® I – 1914


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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 is a particularly interesting instrument by Hermann Hauser ® I, which has some special features for its year of origin 1914. For example, back and sides are made of Brazilian Rosewood, which was difficult to obtain at that time and was also a significant cost factor. This makes it the oldest known Hauser ® I guitar made with Brazilian Rosewood. Also striking is the body shape, which is clearly based on the Spanish shape and very close to the dimensions of the Antonio de Torres FE 09 played by Miguel Llobet. The flat neck shape is also unusual. This is based on a preference of the contemporary guitar virtuoso Heinrich Albert and is therefore also called ” Albert-Neck “.
The spruce top is already fitted with the Hauser ® Patent-Bracing inside, which was only patented in 1920, and on the top there is the original concert-bridge, which is unique in its form until then. This shows that Hermann Hauser ® I was involved in the construction of the Spanish guitar 10 years earlier than previously assumed. The frame depth of this guitar corresponds more to the Viennese and Munich models of Hermann Hauser ® I known until then.
This guitar is thus the connection between the guitar type built up to then and known from Hermann Hauser® I and his later Spanish models. This makes this guitar an extraordinary piece of contemporary history.
The instrument was skilfully restored by Hermann Hauser ® III in 1989. It has some very excellently repaired cracks on the top and is therefore in a very well restored and playable condition. The sound of this guitar is reminiscent of a bygone era. The mids sound nice and compact and the trebles very clear and brilliant. The guitar is offered with a special case made for this instrument, which is also exceptional.

Luthier: Hermann Hauser ® I
Construction year: 1914
Top: Spruce
Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood (Pre CITES)
Scale: 640 mm
Nut: 45 mm
Weight: 1230 grams
Air resonance frequency: A#

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