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HAUSER GUITARS
Instruments currently built in Reisbach, Germany. Instruments built in Munich, Germany since the early 1900s.
Hauser Guitars was founded by Josef Hauser (1854-1939) in the early 1900s when he rented a barn close to Munich and built his first zithers, guitars, lutes, mandolins, and violins. Hauser received a letter of recommendation from Duke Maximilian that stated "Königlicher Bayerischer Hoflieferant." Hauser's son Hermann Hauser I (1882-1952), learned the art of lutherie from his father and eventually took over the workshop. Hauser I began to focus more on guitars and Andres Segovia took notice of Hauser's instruments. Segovia started playing Hauser guitars in 1924 and continued playing them through 1979. Hermann Hauser II built several guitars for Segovia and Hermann Hauser III built one for him in 1979. Hauser I also used the Torres guitar as a prototype and was a further development for the modern classical guitar. Hauser I's son Hermann Hauser II (1911-1988) started working at the Hauser guitar shop in 1926, and all instruments from 1953 through 1983 were signed by him.
Hermann Hauser III (1958-) began building instruments in August, 1974 in the same shop as his father, Hauser II, although they built instruments separately. Hauser III's daughter Kathrin Hauser (1982-, born 100 years after Hermann Hauser I) passed her examination as an instrument builder in 2007 and they currently build Hauser guitars together in their Reisbach workshop. Hauser estimates that they produce about seventeen guitars per year.
Hauser instruments are known for being well-built with high quality woods, but more importantly the sound of the guitars is unbelievable. All used guitars should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For more information and a full history of Hauser Guitars, visit Hauser's website or contact them directly.

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