2011 - May. Labelled, signed and dated by the maker.
Flamed maple - with really beautiful figuring and ambered colour. Purfling in Hauser layout with rosewood centre-strip and bindings. Shellac french-polished.
Body length:- 482 mm.
Top bout:- 275 mm wide & 90 mm deep.
Waist:- 231 mm & 94 mm deep.
Bottom bout:- 362 mm wide & 920 mm deep.
Design much influenced by Hermann Hauser and Antonio de Torres. Dense, old, bearclaw European spruce with Fritz's beautiful adaption of a Hauser-style rosette (containing rosewoods, yew, white maple and tulipwood) and matching double purflings. Rosewood bridge with bone-edged tie-block capping.
Rodgers - L330 pattern with straight-edged, engraved brass side-plates and white kidney buttons mounted on a rosewood-faced, Hauser-shaped head
65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard.
52mm at the nut with 42.5mm string spacing.
In very good and handsome, original condition with very little playing or handling marks; just a few very small and insignificant marks. All shellac, french-polished.
Here is a very fine Fritz Ober guitar with immense physical beauty and impressive musical qualities. With an air resonance at F, it has real bass depth, a strong middle and clear, projecting trebles. Although never copying one specific instrument, Fritz Ober's guitars are very much in the style of Hermann Hauser combined with some aspects of Torres guitars in mind. The plantilla / soundboard shape is very Hauseresque with some reference also to those of Manuel Ramirez and Antonio de Torres.
It has immediate impact because of its open response. On playing more, you continue to find impressive qualities, balance, flexibility, focus, weight of each note etc. A really fine and handsome example in lovely condition.
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