2014 - completed in June. Labelled, signed and dated by the maker
Rosewood - very old timber with dark shades of colour. All shellac french-polished.
Body length:- 483 mm.
Top bout:- 276 mm wide & 90 mm deep.
Waist:- 233 mm
Bottom bout:- 366 mm wide & 93 mm deep.
With design much influenced by Hermann Hauser and some of Torres. European spruce with Fritz's beautiful adaption of a Hauser-style rosette (containing rosewoods, yew, white maple and tulipwood) and matching double purflings. Rosewood brodge.
Rodgers with engraved brass side-plates and snakewood buttons mounted on a rosewood-faced head.
65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard
51 mm at the nut with 42 mm string spacing.
Excellent original condition. All shellac french-polished.
These are really outstanding and impressive instruments. Although never copying one specific instrument, Fritz Ober's guitars are very much in the style of Hermann Hauser I but also with some deeper bass resonance 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.
The trebles are strong, evenly very rounded and impressive. In the standard (not deep-tuned) version, the basses have good depth and focus, with a middle and treble that are well-balanced.
The deep-tuned version, with air resonance around E flat, has yet deeper bass resonance and a clear, crisp treble yet more reminiscent of the early 20th C guitars.
For those many players appreciating the rich and beautiful tones of the traditionally-built classical guitar, these are excellent examples of Hauser character with the depth and strength required of a true concert guitar.
This instrument, made last year 2014, has only been played lightly and very carefully so as well as its excellent sound qualities, is in lovely condition.
Fritz Ober - Click here to find out more about this maker
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