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Cordoba Master Series Hauser Nylon String Acoustic Guitar  

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

Materials
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.

The Process
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.

Why Hauser?
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.

Features
  • 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
  • Strings: Savarez
  • Electronics: NA
  • Tap Plate/Pick Guard: NA
  • Case: Hardshell Cordoba humidified archtop case
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CordobaMaster Series Hauser Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

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5.0

Excellent Guitar!

By D.S.

from Bakersfield, CA

Comments about Cordoba Master Series Hauser Nylon String Acoustic Guitar:

After an agonizing two-month wait, I finally got my Hauser, and here are my impressions. First, I was blown away by the craftsmanship—it's a beautifully made instrument, and the woods smell as good as it looks. The tuners are tight and sturdy. When I got the instrument, the action was rather high for my taste, so I lowered the action, and it plays beautifully now. Speaking of how it plays, I am impressed by the volume it produces when I lay into the strings, and the tone does not change from the regular volume to the increased volume—the tone remains pure with minimal overtones and lots of clarity and differentiation between notes. I normally don't play extremely loudly, but it's nice to know that this guitar can produce great volume when necessary. The Hauser is very versatile, tonally—baroque music sounds great on it by positioning the right hand just below the sound hole for a somewhat bright tone, and for a perfect dolce for playing romantic music the hand just over the sound hole is excellent. Tarrega's "Lagrima," "Adelita," and "Capricho Arabe," and Barrios' "La Catedral" all sound excellent when played with the right hand in this position; in case you play any of these popular songs, you'll know what I mean about the right-hand position that makes them sound good. The bass response for "La Catedral"—there are many places in the 3rd movement where the bass has the melody—is amazing: there is a richness and a natural loudness to the bass on the Hauser that I haven't found in my other guitars, one of which is a Cordoba GK Studio, and I can feel the bass as I play that song, which is a pretty neat experience. Unlike some players on the guitar forum who were torn between the Hauser and the Torres, I wasn't because I wanted a full-size guitar with lots of tonal variety, but I'm sure the Torres is an excellent guitar, too.

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5.0

Excellent

By Charles

from Annandale, VA

Site Member

Comments about Cordoba Master Series Hauser Nylon String Acoustic Guitar:

The instrument is responsive and projects nicely. It is not incredibly loud but produces wonderfully clear tone and sustain. I imagine that with time the guitar will open up some and be able to play at a greater volume, but it could also be that one of my quartet-mates plays a Smallman, and nothing sounds loud next to a Smallman. The instrument is built with a solid Englemann spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, Spanish cedar neck and African ebony fingerboard. I am very happy with this guitar?affordable and great quality.

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