Hermann Hauser sr. Vienna Model classical guitar from the year 1926 in good condition. The tone of this instrument is impressive. The guitar features a German Spruce top and flamed Maple Back and Sides and dark ebony fingerboard. Scale length is 630mm, and width at the nut measures 47 mm. The guitar was in possession of a guitar club in south Germany. Members of the club and invited musicians have signed the guitar on the backside, which makes the history of that guitar and its whole apperance quite interesting.
The guitar is in good restored condition, with some amount of wear from play and use and a few crack repairs. It has the famous adjustable neck with the free floating neck extension. The guitar plays well with a straight neck, good frets and a low action.
Background: The German luthier Hermann Hauser I (or Sr.) (1882-1952) is best remembered for the remarkable instruments he built in the Spanish tradition after 1924. In that year, both Andres Segovia and Miguel Llobet visited Hauser in Munich and Segovia encouraged Hauser to copy his 1912 Manuel Ramirez guitar (an instrument generally believed to have been built by Santos Hernandez while he was foreman of the Ramirez shop). He examined and made measurements of this instrument. As Llobet owned an 1859 Antonio de Torres, Hauser also had opportunity to examine it as well. Although Hauser began building in the Spanish tradition in 1925, he had been building guitars, lutes, and other related stringed instruments in the German tradition since 1900. While it is generally thought that Hauser made perhaps 250 guitars in the Spanish tradition between 1925-1952, he made no more than aprox. 250 in Vienna tradition. He Continued building Vienna models for their tonal Quality was asked for, also after 1935. This guitar was made one years after Hauser and Segovia meet and maybe considered a Rare Gem.
Hauser made guitar models included the Vienna, the Munich, the Terz, Prim and Quintbass. Hauser introduced many innovations in top and body construction, and his guitars are prized today for their clear, loud and rich sound and great sustain. Andres Segovia among many other great Great Maestros have played guitars made by Herman Hauser 1. Hauser’s son, Hermann Hauser II (1911-1988) and grandson, Hermann Hauser III (born in 1958) have continued the master luthier’s tradition.