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 inspired by a model which was constructed by Guadagnini. The top is made of spruce wood and is framed by a dark brown wooden purfling. It is treated with shellac. The two-piece back and the ribs are made of slightly flamed maple. The headstock is eight-shaped, has six wooden pegs and is connected with the neck by a mortise joint. The neck is polished with shellac and therefore, the wood’s beautiful grain is accentuated. The neck is glued to the body and the fingerboard is scalloped. Frets number ten to seventeen are made of bones and are embedded in the guitars body.