Hermann Hauser I of Munchen.

  • Year:

    1936 - Llobet model. Labelled, signed, and dated by the maker. Also signed under the spruce front.

  • Body:

    Brazilian rosewood - with three back bars, simple maple purfling and single line back centre-strip.
    Body length:- 473mm.
    Top bout:- 267 mm wide & 91 mm deep.
    Waist:- 229 mm & 94 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 353 mm wide & 97 mm deep.

  • Front:

    European spruce - a silky top with a lot of medullary figuring. The rosette is the same as found on most of the other 1936 Hausers that we have seen. The double purfling is similar to that found on later Hausers. Rosewood bridge with bone-edged tie block capping.
    This smaller-bodied Llobet model has seven fan-struts with a bridge plate and closing bars.

  • Tuners:

    Now fitted with new custom-made Rodgers tuners with nickel silver side-plates, original reverse gearing and ivoroid buttons. The original Munich-shaped (Lansdorfer?) tuners with plain side-plates and bone buttons will remain with the guitar.

  • Scale:

    647mm (plus compensation) with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    51.2 mm at the nut with 43.5 mm string spacing. Mahogony neck.

  • Weight:

    1353 grams

  • Condition:

    This guitar today is in very good structural order and is fully playable. From a period when it was very dry, many years ago, the back and bindings were extremely loose to the point of coming apart. This fortunately enabled the back to be easily and completely unglued without causing the usual damage to peones / tentallones / bar ends; all of which was avoided. This gave perfect access to carry out the one front crack repair as well as re-fixing the back bars with pressure followed by re-closing the back - all done in a restraining mould to perfectly hold the body shape and neck angle. The open crack in the front; treble-side below the bridge, was spliced and internally cleated.
    The back and sides have been re-polished. The front has been cleaned and the polish refreshed to remove playing and handling marks.
    It was also re-fretted. The case is the original and is in good structurally with natural signs of age externally.

  • Comments:

    Not a lot has to be said about the famed guitars of Hermann Hauser I of course. There appear to have been about eight to ten guitars produced by him in 1936; one of which was played by Segovia and one by Julian Bream.
    This one is the smaller-bodied Llobet model, with the basic dimensions as Miguel Llobet's Torres FE09; a guitar that Hauser particularly admired apparently. This Hauser model may have been the basis or influenced some of the 1970's guitars of Jose Romanillos. Few Hauser Llobet models were made after 1937 due to the demand for the model that Segovia played. The sound is lovely and warm with great treble clarity. The air resonance is around G; not quite as deep as many of the Hauser I's though it still has a full depth of tone and Hauser character. The treble is very pure, very clear and has great sustain. having not been played for years and years, the more I play it, it just gets better and better.

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  • Price:
    Sold December 2019
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