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1987 Hermann Hauser III Segovia Model Vintage Classical Guitar, Spruce & Brazilian Rosewood w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1987 Hermann Hauser III Segovia Model classical guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. The original Herman Hauser (1882-1952) guitars are among the finest ever built, most famous for their long-time association with Segovia, who played a Hauser for many years and was himself responsible, in 1924, for convincing Hauser to fully embrace the Spanish style of production as defined by master luthiers Torres and Ramirez. The resultant instruments produced by Hauser, which combined his well-honed German traditional techniques with the newer Spanish style, make up six of the top ten most expensive classical guitars ever sold. After his death, Hauser’s legacy was carried on by his son, Herman Hauser Jr., and grandson, Herman Hauser III. This 1987 example was produced by the latter and sports a fan-braced (in the Spanish style) spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and bookmatched Brazilian sides, with a solid mahogany neck capped by an ebony fingerboard. The body measures 14 3/8” across the lower bout, and the body depth is 4”.

The overarching sound is emblematic of the remarkable string-to-string balance befitting Hauser’s reputation, and it’s a remarkably rich sound, slightly darker in its tonality than many spruce-topped classicals. The midrange is broad and warm, the trebles are pristine, with a bell-like singing quality, and the low end is simultaneously responsive and smooth. Featherweight at 3lbs 5oz, this Hauser has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with D’Addario normal tension strings and optimal classical action.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in all registers, measures .850” deep at the 1st fret and 1.010” at the 9th. The thick slab ebony fingerboard retains the flawless stock slender fretwire. This Hauser plays comfortably and cleanly up the straight neck, with action at the 12th fret measuring 13/64” on the bass side and 10/64” on the treble side. The scale length is a full 650mm, and the hand-carved bone nut measures 2” in width (53mm). The slotted headstock sports a Brazilian rosewood veneer, and the original Reischl Lansdorfer tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

On the body, the rosewood bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the saddle has modest height for future adjustment. String spacing at the bridge is 58mm (a hair over 2 1/4”). The top and back are framed by multi-ply purfling, and the soundhole has an ornate multi-ring rosette. The original label is visible through the soundhole, dating the guitar to 1987, denoting it as No. 183, and sporting Hermann Hauser III’s signature.

Exceedingly well-kept and crack-free; cosmetic wear on this guitar’s gloss finish is limited to some very light scuffing on the treble side of the strum path and just a handful faint scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean, with the exception of a pair of microscopic dings on the bass-side shoulder behind frets 6 and 7 that can barely be felt by the most scrutinizing player.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.