1958 - No. 635. Signed and dated 31-12-58 underneath the spruce front.
Indian rosewood - the back with really beautiful straight grain and contrasting colours; the sides with colour a little more pale. Hermann Hauser III has said how his father called the old, high quality Indian rosewood, that came from virgin forests, 'Oasis rosewood'. If Indian rosewood were as beautiful as this all the time, the demand for south american rosewoods would be much less.
Top bout:- 280 mm wide & 91 mm deep.
Waist:- 236 mm
Bottom bout:- 365 mm wide & 97 mm deep.
This is a little larger than guitar no.632 made in the same month of the same year
Bavarian spruce - with a gorgeous rosette, black rosewood bridge and the double, green purflings.
Original Lansdorfers with engraved sideplates and the characteristic button colour.
50.5 mm at the nut
The condition is again wonderful for a 50 year-old guitar. It is in original condition, with no repairs or cracks. The bridge saddle is not the original which are usually the same 'orangey' colour as the nut and tuner buttons. The body has nitro-varnish finish; as did many at that time. There are some faint crazing, crackling lines in the finish, which being more resistant than shellac, has probably helped preserve the condition. The original owner has looked after this instrument magnificently.
Here is one of my favourite instruments - a terrific guitar that seems to have everything without weaknesses. The air resonance is around F#; like so many of the best Hausers including the 1937 Segovia Hauser. So it has impressive depth and preserves very well the bottom octave of the bass notes. The middle and treble just sing with un-nerving sustain. Another remarkable Hauser II guitar in which players do not find any weak notes. As described with its sister guitar no.632 made in the same month, it responds wonderfully to being played softly yet at the same time, if you play something more harsh and aggressive, it responds well to that too. With a little more full and sweet sound than guitar 632, it is another glorious guitar to play with a soundworld that is so lyrical and full of magic that is really inspires the player.
Hermann Hauser II - Click here to find out more about this maker