1959 Hermann Hauser II No. 648
1959 Hermann Hauser II, No. 648 (Germany) 648 mm scale, 51 mm nut, unmatched European Hazelfichte spruce stop, quartered Indian rosewood sides and back, original silver plated engraved Landsdorfer tuning machines, original sprayed lacquer varnish which shows the usual checking and crazing, the frets, nut and saddle are later replacements exceptionally well done, with the nut and saddle now made of bone instead of the original plastic used by Hauser II (!), the bone being much superior for sound. There is one hairline crack in the upper end of the fingerboard which was professionally and invisibly repaired when the guitar was refretted. Signed, dated and numberedinternally on the soundboard under the fingerboard by Hermann Hauser II. This is their “Segovia Model” with the classic iconic bracing system created and used ubiquitously by Hermann Hauser II during the 1950’s and 1960’s, this period considered by most players and collectors to be his “golden period.” Aside from the fabulous pristine condition of the instrument, this example is also an outstanding musical instrument, having the perfect balance of clarity, color, purity of tone and immediacy of response. The colors you can extract from this instrument are remarkable, its easy to see why players such as Julian Bream and Andres Segovia used these vintage Hauser II’s. These versions are rarer than implied by the serial numbers, as Hauser II did not begin his numbering system with #1, instead choosing to begin with 500, which was an estimate of the total output of Spanish model guitars made by the Hauser family between 1924 and Hauser Sr’s death in 1952. As the values of the very rare Hauser Sr. guitars have now climbed into the 6 figure range for prime examples, the values of the Hauser II’s are viewed by many as a comparative bargain, especially considering their rarity, with values steadily increasing for well preserved outstanding examples in original condition. This Hauser II is as fine as these get, the next owner is going to be very happy to have acquired this rare gem. SOLD!