German Guitars

German Guitars

Our introduction to German guitars was through Hermann Hauser, well one has to start somewhere ☺ Here we found a maker whose family history is renowned the World over and whose instruments have a timeless quality and are built from wood set aside generations ago.

Looking to expand our range of German guitars we were introduced to Jochen Rothel and Andre Marvi, two wonderful makers whose approach to the classical guitar is very different, you can read more on their individual pages.

The build quality and finish is exceptional and the vocal balance across the strings is precise and even delivering to the player an outstanding level of control in performance.

Selina and I are always looking for guitars with not only a high level of projection but also clarity and control of musical colour and expression. Our German makers deliver this and more.

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German Guitars

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Marvi Spruce Guitar

Andres Marvi

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This guitar has two stand-out features that immediately catch the eye and ear.

Firstly the wood used is absolutely stunning with a beautiful ‘3D’ rippling effect on the back, sound board and neck (all different woods of course) that catches the light and gives a very ‘classy’ feel.

Secondly, and more importantly, the magnitude of the sound! She has a big and beautiful open voice that is radiant and colourful in character creating great impact with very quick, easy response and fantastic projection.

This responsiveness means that I could get perfect clarity and articulation in fast passages because I only needed a feather light touch on the strings, particularly effective in Abenleid by Mertz where the character is created with sextuplet semiquavers accompanying sustained melody and bass. The tone is very concentrated. There is plenty of warm and supportive resonance but definition remains the key here. This focus and intensity lead to real sparkle and life in the treble and compelling rich sonority in the bass – full-bodied is really an understatement!

In Bach’s Prelude BWV999 I could hear every detail of the subtly changing harmonies through the arpeggios giving me texture, movement and shaping all supported and driven by a strong and sustained bass voice.

I particularly enjoyed playing Villa Lobos for the expansive and fluid tone across the full range of notes. She comes across as a supremely confident guitar even at this young age with great intensity in the upper register. Sustain and range of tone and colour are excellent and as I played I could feel the potential for growth – a great feeling! In Prelude 3 I loved the massive and rousing chords, the balance across the strings again highlighting detail and in Prelude 4 the seemingly never ending bass notes gave me full and ‘fat’ sustain, long phrases and notes that enjoy vibrato. Added to all of this, crisp and precise articulation gave ‘easy’ speed in the central section and breadth and depth of tone gave me a completely wonderful final chord!

I am learning Ciacona by Weiss at the moment and here I could easily achieve the focus and ‘gravity’ that I wanted, a distinctive and weighty bass voice leading the music through the variations in the treble with clearly highlighted textures from full rousing harmonies to shapely melodic intervals and delicate dolce.

The most important piece for me in this review was the Ponce Folias Variations, again a piece that I am in the (long) process of learning! This piece has a ‘huge’ scope that often does not feel possible to achieve on one guitar. However the response from this Marvi guitar was magnificent. She gave me wonderful deep and dark D minor harmonies, great anguish in dissonances and clashes, a large palette of colour and texture and a ‘proper’ fortissimo! The fugue was particularly enjoyable as I felt that could happily sustain and follow all three voices hearing every subtle shaping while ‘sinking into’ some wonderful and captivating harmony.

In summary this guitar is compelling and invigorating with rich and vibrant tonal character, loads of detail and substantial yet always clear sound. The depth and breadth of her voice has immediate impact and for a powerful instrument she is ‘suprisingly’ easy to play.

My final thought would be that often powerful guitars do not ‘show’ emotion well – this one does and offers an exciting musical journey to her new partner!  
Selina.


Design

Classic Fan Strut

Table

German Spruce

Rosette

Natural Coloured Woods

Back and Sides

Finest Caviuna Rosewood with inner lining of Acer.

Purfling

Snake wood

Head Facing & Bridge

Rosewood

Neck

Honduras Cedar

Fingerboard

Ebony

Machine Heads.

Schaller Grand Tune Classic Lyra

Finish

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox-Pro-II.

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Scale Length

655mm

F/board Width

53mm

Upper Bout

287mm

Lower Bout

376mm

Body Depth

103mm

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Rothel Spruce Guitar

Jochen Rothel

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On first playing this guitar has an open and glowing sound with clear, freely singing notes that have obvious depth and quality of tone supported by mellow resonance and excellent sustain.

When playing Birds by Gary Ryan these characteristics give the player a sense of freedom and relaxation moving around the guitar. Her smooth and silky overall voice combines lovely clarity on individual notes with a beautiful, warm and blended campanella sound.

She is very sensitive to small changes in finger speed and angle of stroke which gives the player great control and an already wide colour palette.

This is of course very exciting for the future as she plays in.

The sound really blossomed as I put more energy through the strings achieving strong and full bodied sound without too much effort.

The bass voice is substantial and vibrant with plenty of richness and velvet in the character as well as the definition that highlights the melodies, for example towards the end of Rosita where energy was very much in evidence.

In Sor’s D minor study, op.6 no.9, this concentrated bass tone gave me great harmonic drive and harmonic support to the flowing sixths in the melody. This full lower voice gives freedom and support to the developing treble voice which is showing fantastic potential in its polished and creamy tone and initial tightness, indicating plenty more to come.

This was nowhere more obvious than in my favourite Lauro Waltz. I was able to achieve real sparkle and fizz in the top voice with plenty of excitement in the syncopated rhythms due to the clarity and definition of tone up to the highest register.

In Capricho Catalan I loved the balance between a fruity and full bass rhythm and a glowing treble melody while, in complete contrast, the same control in By Candle Light by York gave me fluid and full gentle rounded tone. The range of softer sounds is always an indication of quality of tone.

I think that the key here is the focussed and even voice. A concentrated sound that has real musical impact and gives the guitarist so many choices.

Funnily enough this was summed up for me by Villa Lobos study no.1. Some may think this strange but with this guitar the control and evenness across the range, as well as an easy left hand action and response to right hand touch, gave me harmonic drive, intensity of sound, energy and movement.

Great fun.

Selina.


Design.

Fan Strut.

Table.

Austrian Spruce hand cut by Jochen many years ago.

Neck.

South American Cedar.

Back and Sides.

Indian Rosewood.

Rosette.

Jochen's design made from Ebony, Maple, Rosewood & Violetta..

Bridge.

Madagascar Rosewood with twin hole string tie.

Machine Heads.

Klaus Scheller.

Finish.

French Polish.

Guitar Case.

Humicase Protege.


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

278mm

Lower Bout

365mm

Body Depth

97mm

 

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Kathrin Hauser guitar

Hauser

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This guitar has beautiful ‘classic’ looks and a ‘classic’ traditional sound to match helping me to feel comfortable and relaxed straight away, confident in a solid, secure and simply beautiful tone.

It is actually quite difficult to put into words.

Some people may translate traditional as old fashioned. I think that this is a voice from the past with characteristics of strength and purity and enhanced with today’s requirements of balance, evenness and projection.

She has easy playability and tone production meaning that you really don’t have to try to get a beautiful, smooth and silky tone and as I continued to play and to push I could feel the potential in colour, dynamics and projection.

She is well balanced across the strings and very even in tone across the range of the fingerboard. As you would expect from a brand new guitar, especially of this traditional build, the treble needs some time and playing to really start to open and blossom, as I started to feel over the course of an hours playing, especially as I used deeper finger strokes.

Having said this she starts with a directness and purity of sound that speaks of great future potential.

The bass voice is already strong and incredibly focussed producing what I describe as a ‘true’ sound, very firm and with great depth.

Everything is clear and controlled with a lovely roundness to the tone and gentle ‘golden’ resonance in support. This was obvious in Tarrega’s Lagrima where the upper melody sang effortlessly above warm and full bodied harmonies.

The E major Prelude by Bach showed off the brighter side with attack and vitality helped by her excellent definition and purity of tone. I found the musical lines easy to highlight and shape and plenty of fuel in the tank when it came to the long crescendos.

I definitely fell in love with the bass playing Asturias, with depth and intensity combined with concentration of sound and wonderful control helping to make the fast articulation clear and detailed.

She also has a beautiful, rich, dropped D resonance which resulted in a gorgeous, strong yet velvety accompaniment in Capricho Arabe, supporting a smooth, singing treble line that remained even and clear up to the higher registers and through the lovely, cascading lines in the introduction.

The key for me with this guitar is the purity of sound; a consistent, full and concentrated tone that gives great peace of mind to the player and beautiful tone to listen too. This was summed up as I finished with Bach’s Chaconne and Elegie by Mertz.

The Bach travels all over the place and this guitar was able to shape and control the sound without a hint of any ghost notes, odd resonances or popping notes. I really pushed in the Mertz and got lovely colours and textures, depth and musicality.

I certainly enjoyed playing this guitar for an hour and wish her new owner many hours of enjoyment and musical exploration.

Selina.

 

When selecting your Hauser guitar not only are there several models to choose from you are also able to select from Hauser's stock of very old and rare woods, extra charges may apply.


Design

Hauser Fan Strut

Table

Aged 50 year old Spruce

Rosette

Maple & Indian Rosewood

Back and Sides

2 Piece Finest Indian Rosewood

Machine Heads

Scheller Hauser Design

Finish

Nitro

Case

German - Hand made - wood


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

282mm

Lower Bout

366mm

Body Depth

100mm

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Special Edition Model

Hermann Hauser

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I have to start with the stunning looks of this guitar.

The table has the appearance of rippled honey, the rosewood appears to be on fire and the workmanship immaculate. She speaks of the history and quality of the luthier and is simply a beautiful work of art to own!

However, this is not enough of course for a concert instrument and so on to the important bits.

I was immediately struck by her even, rounded and easy tone. It seems that a beautiful, pure and focussed sound is the norm for this guitar. This means that long melodic lines, voicing and detail within chords become much easier to attain, in turn helping the player to develop their musicianship through these important skills. The sound is even and beautifully balanced across the strings, giving you excellent control and as I played I could hear the colours and textures coming out and "growing".

These qualities were particularly evident as I was playing Britten's "Nocturnal" which is a piece that relies heavily on the player being able to communicate the emotions described in the titles of each movement.

The single line melody of "Musingly" was a delight to play and the clarity and definition for "Restless" and "March like" were seemingly effortless. The ntertwining lines of the final Dowland song were easy to highlight and shape and I was able to get a tone that really brought out the emotion of the original words.

This focus and purity in sound really opens lots more doors as you are playing and gives you many more options to work with.

I played a variety of other music and was surprised at the versatility and range of colour already available in such a new guitar. The fullness of the bass voice came into its own in Gary Ryan's Wild West pieces, where I also found the overall clarity of the guitar helped to define the driving and complicated rhythms.

Again, the bass was rich and full in the Chaconne and the definition was not lost, leading to beautiful "scrunchy" harmonies.

I really enjoyed playing this guitar, particularly as she responded to my thoughts and was able to "sing" my musical ideas without me having to try hard!

Definitely an instrument with an exciting future.

Selina.


Design

Segovia Special Edition model

Table

Aged 50 year old Spruce

Rosette

Maple & Indian Rosewood

Back and Sides

4 Piece Finest old Brazilian Rosewood

Machine Heads

Scheller

Finish

Nitro or French Polish

Case

German - Hand made - wood


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

282mm

Lower Bout

36.6mm

Body Depth

100mm

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