Hermann Hauser 1 Segovia model early master guitars

Hauser 1 1924 model Segovia

This guitar is one of the first Segovia models made by the famous luthier Hermann Hauser I and it’s signed with ‘manu propria.’ This is a very special detail, according to the dynasty’s third-generation builder, Hermann Hauser III. Hauser I added the handwritten ‘manu propria’, which is a Latin expression meaning “by own hand”, to the labels of some of the guitars that were very personal to him and were made by himself, without any help from his shop assistant. This guitar is in a very good condition and fully playable. The top is made of very fine spruce and is framed by brown and light purflings. The top has only a fine hair-crack beside the fretboard, which does not influence the guitar’s sound. There are some professionally repaired cracks on the back of the guitar, one is located just behind the label and has been reinforced with a cleat from the inside. The soundhole is richly decorated with mother of pearl and dark and light rings in between where rectangular and fishbone-like inlays can be found. The one-piece back, as well as the sides , are made of excellent Madagascar rosewood.


This guitar Hermann Hauser 1 Segovia model was made by Hermann Hauser 1 (born in Erding, 28 December 1882–died Reisbach, 28 October 1952) was a German luthier. He worked in Munich and later in the Bavarian Reisbach. . Hauser found his own style by orienting at the constructions of Antonio de Torres. Today the Hermann Hauser Sr. Guitar, which was played by Andres Segovia from 1937 to 1970, is in the inventory of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.[1] The British guitarist and lute player Julian Bream played Hermann Hauser Sr. guitars built 1936 and 1947.

The spanish virtuosi Miguel Llobet and Andres Segovia took notice of Hermann Hauser I´s art of manufacturing guitars at the beginning of the 20th century. The meeting of these precursors and masters of their trade around the turn of the century may well be called a magic moment in the history of guitars.

Dr. Karl Huber wrote on this:
” After all, the fact that the Torres guitar has become the prototype for building contemporary concert guitars, is basically due to the meeting of the Spanish virtuosi Llobet and Segovia with the Munich luthier Hermann Hauser I.”


The guitar Hermann Hauser 1 Segovia model is supplied with a certificate of origin from Hermann Hauser III which reads “This certified Hermann Hauser I guitar built in 1924 m.p. is one of the first Segovia models ever built. The spruce top which has its origin from Bavarian Alps came from the stock of his father Josef Hauser. At the time of manufacture the spruce top was then stopped for about forty years. Back and sides are made of Rio-Madagascar/Africa and was stopped at that time for around five years. The varnish is of Shelleck. Signed Hermann Hauser III, Reisbach, 12.5.2014”

The sound of this Hermann Hauser 1 Segovia model is amazing : clarity, precision, balance and depth.

The condition is outstanding for its age.


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