1959 - No. 652. Signed and dated 26-11-1959 underneath the spruce front.
Indian rosewood - the back with interesting and attractive grain character; the sides well-matched with the back. 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 characterful as this all the time, the demand for south american rosewoods would be much less.
Body length:- 484mm.
Top bout:- 280 mm wide & 93 mm deep.
Waist:- 236 mm & 95 mm deep.
Bottom bout:- 365 mm wide & 97 mm deep.
Bavarian bearclaw spruce - with a gorgeous rosette, very dark rosewood bridge and the double, green purflings.
Original Lansdorfers with engraved sideplates and the characteristic button colour.
646mm (plus compensation) with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard
50.5 mm at the nut, with 43.5mm string spacing
The condition is excellent for a 1959 guitar. It is in completely original condition, with no repairs, no cracks, no re-polishing. The bridge saddle, nut and machine tuner buttons are the same 'orangey' colour characteristic of the maker at the time. The body has nitro-varnish finish; as did nearly all at that time. There is the usual crazing, crackling lines in the finish, which being more resistant than shellac, has probably helped preserve the condition. The previous owners have looked after this instrument magnificently.
Here is one of my favourite guitar makers - 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. 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 soundworld that is so lyrical and full of magic that is really inspires the player.
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