1924 Hauser Sr.
1924 Hermann Hauser Viennese model (Germany) 630 mm scale, 47 mm nut, strings are spaced at 41.5 mm on centers between 1-6. Spruce top, figured flamed maple sides and back, original untouched french polish on entire instrument, there is only one nearly invisible hairline repaired crack on the top next to the treble edge of the fingerboard. The machines are a modern set of reverse gear Rodgers. The neck is attached with an adjustable clock key bolt which controls the angle of the neck and hence, the action over the fretboard. This is the style of instrument that Hauser was making when he first met Andrés Segovia in 1924. It was precisely this kind of instrument which Segovia would have played, recognizing the potential of Hauser to make guitars in the Spanish style, which Hauser first began doing in 1924. This detachable neck Viennese design actually harks back to the early 19th century when Luigi Legnani first proposed this design to Stauffer and the guitar makers of Vienna, who began making guitars “Nach dem Modell des Luigi Legnani” (“After the model of Luigi Legnani”) in the late 1820’s. Curiously, the Hauser family never stopped offering this model and it can still be ordered today by those who prefer it. For more on this fascinating chapter of guitar history I refer you to the recent publication, “Stauffer & Co.,” by Hofmann, Mougin and Hackl. The great American classical guitarist David Starobin has made recordings using these Hauser Viennese models. For those interested in playing 19th century European guitar music on historically correct instruments, these Hauser guitars are a viable option, as they are virtually identical to their 19th century prototypes, for a fraction of the price of an original authentic Stauffer. Shockingly loud, well balanced, incisive with a complex tonal range and very easy to play, this instrument is a real surprise which never ceases to amaze those who play it for the first time. Despite the visual appearance of decades of honest wear, this guitar is just as viable for professional touring now as it was the day it was made and it has the advantage of years of breaking it and tonal development. This is a great way to own a Hauser Sr. for a fraction of the cost of one of his Spanish models. $12,000