Hermann Hauser I - Müllerstrasse 8, Munchen.

  • Year:

    1940. Labelled, signed and dated by the maker including under the soundboard.

  • Body:

    Indian rosewood - high quality, dark colour, straight-grained timber. The purfling layout and style is well-recognised for this period of Hauser guitars.
    Body length:- 483 mm.
    Top bout:- 279 mm wide & 91 mm deep.
    Waist:- 235 mm & 94 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 365 mm wide & 96 mm deep.
    All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    European bearclaw spruce - probably Bavarian - a spectacular, well-quartered top with extensive bearclaw figuring throughout. The rosette is the most well-recognised of this period and is beautifully executed. The rosewood bridge is slim with pearl dots to the bridge wings and bone-edged tie-block capping.

  • Tuners:

    Original machines with plain side-plates and petite, square buttons, mounted on the rosewood-faced head with decorative centre-strip.

  • Scale:

    647 mm on an ebony fingerboard with 19 frets.

  • Neck Width:

    51.2 mm with 43.5 mm string spacing

  • Weight:

    1373 grams

  • Condition:

    This guitar is in impressive, concert-playing condition and is very comfortable to play.
    It has some crack repairs carried out a long time ago, likely due to dry conditions in a New York apartment decades ago.

  • Comments:

    This is a very special Hauser I guitar. In the mid-1930's, it was ordered by Saul Marantz; the renowned Hi-fi pioneer who was a member of the New York Guitar Society. This was alongside one also to be made at the same time for Albert Augustine, also a member of the same NY society. Both made in 1940, and very likely on his bench at the same time, they are unusual in that they have a very deep primary air resonance down at E flat rather than the more common F/F#. I am told there is another deep-resonance 1940 Hauser somewhere but it is possible that only three of these deep-tuned Hauser I guitars exist in the world.
    Saul Marantz kept the guitar until his death in 1997.
    Like the Augustine 1940 Hauser that Julian Bream played for so many years (now in the NY Metropolitan Museum), this instrument has an outstanding sound quality with very deep bass and clean treble sound. It can be seen and heard with Antigoni Goni on Youtube - Antigoni Goni meets Hauser. It has been described by some well-known, prominent professional players as one of the, if not the, most remarkable guitar they have ever played.

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  • Price:
    Sold October 2020
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