Number 14 was a wild success. It was my first smaller body guitar using a Hauser bracing pattern. Number 14 sold immediately, and has been played continually by a great player for the last year. It sounded great when he bought it and it has only improved with time and playing.
This guitar #18 was made to recapture that genie that came oh-so-perfectly out of the bottle. And after it has been strung up for a couple of weeks, I can tell it is just as successful as its predecessor.
Number 18 is made with premium western red cedar that I obtained from Peter Oberg when he retired. This top is married to the best set of East Indian Rosewood that I have. The sides are laminated with Sapele as the inner layer, which adds strength to the sides, balances the center of mass towards the body, and isolates the sides from the top for added sustain and projection.
This instrument has the following characteristics:
- Western Red Cedar top. This top is quite aged, and sounds great. I do wish I could obtain more of this awesome cedar.
- East Indian Rosewood back and sides. It is such incredibly dark rosewood that it made photography super difficult to capture.
- Sides are laminated with Sapele. The sustain and projection are enhanced with this method.
- Honduran Mahogany neck
- Gaboon Ebony Fingerboard
- Brazilian Rosewood 6-hole bridge with bone tie block surround
- Indian Rosewood Bindings, with subtle black – green – white purflings
- 645mm scale length, 53mm nut width, 42mm center-to-center string spacing
- Partial 20th fret on upper 2 strings
- Mother of pearl side fret marker on 7th fret
- Hauser symmetrical 7-fan bracing with closure bars
- Hiscox case available