Hermann Hauser I - Müllerstrasse 8, Munchen.

  • Year:

    1936. Labelled, signed and dated by the maker including under the soundboard.

  • Body:

    Brazilian rosewood - good quality, straight-grained timber. The style of the back centre-strip that extends to the bottom block is as later instruments. Maple bindings without purfling.
    Body length:- 484 mm.
    Top bout:- 280 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
    Waist:- 235 mm & 100 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 366 mm wide & 100 mm deep.
    All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    European spruce - quite tight-grained and seemingly well-quartered, with the black & white herringbone rosette of this period. Slim rosewood bridge with bone-edged tie-block capping.
    This instrument appears to be exactly the same (except for the lack of head centre-strip decoration) as the 1936 Hauser played by Julian Bream in the early 1970's; now in collection in Japan. Made just months before the famous 1937 for Andres Segovia, this guitar would seem to have the same, fully-formed design with 7 fan-struts, two closing bars and bridge plate .... but with earlier cosmetic details.

  • Tuners:

    Early Lansdorfer with engraved brass side-plates and ivory or bone buttons, mounted on a rosewood-faced head.

  • Scale:

    65cm on an ebony fingerboard with 19 frets.

  • Neck Width:

    51mm with 43mm string spacing

  • Weight:

    1383 grams

  • Condition:

    The condition is in really very good for an instrument from 1936.
    The back and sides, which are generally bright and shiny, have very few marks and those are mainly superficial. There is some minor binding separation at the back bar location due shrinkage when at some time in the past it has been dry.
    The polish to the back of the neck is worn away mainly but there is no scratching.
    The front has some tight cracks - some of it appears to be superficial only - but no internal repairs.
    The fingerboard has very little wear and the frets appear to be original.
    The machine tuners are original and in full working order though some of the buttons show fine cracking along the shaft line.
    The polish is the original and in very good order generally.

  • Comments:

    This is a lovely Hauser I in perfect playing condition, made just before the 'Segovia 1937'. It has the sound you would expect from a Hauser I with noticeable depth of bass (F to F# air resonance) and a clear, balance, singing treble with good sustain. The set-up and playability is perfectly good also.
    The sound can be heard on the attached mp3 with Fernando Espi playing.
    It is a pleasure to own such a guitar.

    Hermann Hauser I - Click here to find out more about this maker

  • Price:
    Sold March 2016
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