The Hauser sound is famous for its perfect balance and clean separation of voices. Overtones are very controlled and resulting sound is incredibly pure, with a very focused fundamental at the core of every note. Because of this very pure and direct sound, adding color and nuance of sound is up to the player - moving the right hand over the soundhole yields a very liquidy and velvety quality of tone, while moving towards the bridge achieves a brighter, almost "brassy" sound. This style of guitar appeals to the player wanting maximum control over their own dynamic and modulation (tone color) choices. This guitar is handmade in the USA.
Cordoba's Hauser is built with a solid Englemann spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. It features a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard. A few modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines, durable finish, and non-gut strings were added to improve on what was not available in the 1930s, but are essential today. The result is an instrument that exemplifies the authentic Hauser design, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.
Cordoba obtained a 1937 Hauser model in order to study it inside and out, and play it over and over. The mission was to understand the essence of what gives this iconic guitar such an amazing voice and feel, and then recreate an instrument that possesses these characteristics and carries the same magic in its DNA. The process was a combination of science and feel; the wood thicknesses of the top, backs, sides, and braces were measured to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter, bracing patterns traced and mapped, and details of the materials, inlays, wood grains, and vibrations were all carefully analyzed. The guitar was played and listened to for hours to gain an understanding of the balance between the trebles and basses, resonance of the top, and a sense for the feel and response of the guitar when played in a variety of styles and environments.
The late Spanish maestro Andres Segovia is widely regarded as the most prominent figure to demonstrate through his outstanding playing that the guitar should be considered a viable, legitimate concert instrument, alongside the violin and piano. Previously, the guitar was viewed by the larger concert-going public as a somewhat limited "folk" instrument, belonging at home, or at most as a parlor instrument for the aristocratic elite. After rejecting many of German guitar maker Hermann Hauser's first attempts at building a "Spanish" style instrument, Segovia finally accepted one built in 1937, deeming it "the greatest guitar of our epoch,". It was with this Hauser that Segovia tirelessly concertized and recorded for decades, winning over audiences and critics little by little until the classical guitar's position was secured as a concert worthy instrument. This 1937 Hauser is now regarded one of the most iconic guitars in history. It now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Top: Solid Engelmann spruce
Back & Sides: Solid Indian rosewood
Binding/Bridge: Indian rosewood binding / Indian rosewood bridge
Purfling/Inlay: 8 ply maple & ebony top purfling, 3 ply maple & green back & sides purfling, 11 ply center backstrip
Rosette: All natural mosaic & rope design marquetry
Finish: High Gloss PU
Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany neck (Traditional/Classical Profile) / Ebony fingerboard
Truss Rod: Two-way adjustable, 9/64"
Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
Nut Width: 52mm (2.04")
String Spacing at Saddle: 59mm
Fret Marker Inlays: 5, 7
Nut/Saddle: Bone nut & saddle
Number of Frets: 12 to body, 19 total
Bracing/Build: 1937 Hauser 7 Fan Bracing
Body Width & Length: 277mm (10 7/8") upper bout width / 368mm (14 1/2") lower bout width / 487mm (19 1/8") body length
Overall Length: 993mm (39 1/8")
Body Depth: 95mm (3 3/4") upper bout depth / 99mm (3 7/8") lower bout depth
Tuning Machines: Cordoba Master Series Tuning Machines - Ebony
Tap Plate/Pick Guard: NA
Case: Hardshell Cordoba humidified archtop case
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Let me start of by saying I couldn't wait to get this instrument! I've been searching for an affordable concert grade classical guitar which had a balanced tone... a neutral tone and I've finally found it with the Cordoba Hauser Master Series guitar. I've been playing classical guitar for almost 30 years. This is my very first Spruce top guitar. My main guitar, a handmade early Michael Thames, overtime developed a very warm, mid-range type of sound. You could always move closer to sound hole or to the bridge and get a different tone, however you always had that same mid-range overtone. I was searching for a clear tone, almost pure tone with overtones that were balanced. I took a shot on the Cordoba Hauser Master Series guitar, even though the online videos did not fully represent the different tone colors you could get out of this guitar. Once I received the guitar, I was overjoyed! Not only did it look fantastic, but the quality of workmanship is evident. There are no hard and fast flaws that you sometimes see with handmade guitars, however there are some minor flaws, such as slight discolorations on the side of the ebony fingerboard (you really have to look) and some glue on the bridge which is only noticeable by the player (and you really have to look). However, the SOUND of this guitar is just simply amazing. Totally what I was hoping for: a neutral sound that doesn't color the notes like my Michael Thames guitar. As you move your hand closer to the neck, the sound gets so sweet and mellow, a perfect "dolce." If you move your hand toward the bridge, you get that great "brassy" ponticello sound. Also, the balance is great between the basses and the trebles. It's really easy to bring out either side and the intonation is spot on. It can be louder than I expected, and I would think over time the Spruce will open up more allowing even more volume to get out of the guitar. The selling point for this guitar for me is the true neutrality of the sound.
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