In the normal course of events of buying and selling guitars, we occasionally come across some that are rare and so special that we wish to keep them for some time. This is therefore our small, permanent collection of instruments that are not currently for sale. We have some early ideas about having some CD recordings made using these instruments and perhaps arranging some recitals featuring them.

Enrico Bottelli - Lodi, Italy

  • Year:


  • Body:

    Beautiful rosewood with green purfling lines set out exactly as the 1952 Hauser of which it is a replica.
    In a letter to Thomas Koenigs, the original owner for whom it was made, Enrico Bottelli writes:-
    "This guitar is a close copy of the Hauser 1952 seen last year. The body shape, depth and all other measures are exactly the same as for the internal bracing (top and back), the linings and the bridge plate. The wood thicknesses are very similar and also the curvature of top and back; the bridge is a close copy. For the soundboard I used a very old German spruce (1984) that was very close as grain and appearance to the Hauser's soundboard. The back and sides are rosewood of a very light quality; those also seem similar to the back and sides of the Hauser. The neck is a very old, hard and dry African mahogony. Apart from these technical specifications, I tried to capture the essence of the instrument reproducing the tone quality, the depth of the basses, the balance and the sustain."
    All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    European bearclaw spruce; probably Bavarian - with a rosette that the maker particularly liked, reproduced from the cover of Julian Bream's CD 'Sonata' (EMI 1995)

  • Tuners:

    Rodgers with engraved brass sideplates and white mother-of-pearl buttons.

  • Scale:

    648mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    52mm at the nut

  • Weight:

    1395 grams

  • Condition:

    This instrument is in fine and mainly original condition.
    There is a shrinkage crack, just 4cm, in the front above the rosette and to the side of the fingerboard on the treble side. It is not easily visible and has no effect whatsoever on the sound - which is wonderful.

  • Comments:

    This is an exceptional, outstanding Hauser replica; not only in dimensions, appearance and feel, but in the sound of the Hauser guitars. It has the characteristic depth of sound with sweetness, sustain and purity of the treble which gives the tone character such a lyrical quality - absolutely lovely.

    Enrico Bottelli - Click here to find out more about this maker

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