Maker: Hermann Hauser (German, Munich 1882–1952 Reisbach)

Date: 1937

Geography: Munich, Germany

Culture: German

Medium: Spruce, rosewood, mahogany, bone or ivory, ebony

Dimensions: Height (At tail): 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Width (Total): 38 7/16 in. (97.7 cm)
Depth (Lower bouts): 14 9/16 in. (37 cm)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted

Credit Line: Gift of Emilita Segovia, Marquessa of Salobreña, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.353.1


This guitar was the principal concert instrument of the famous guitarist Andrés Segovia. He used it from 1938 until 1962, and referred to it in a 1954 article as the "greatest guitar of our epoch." Miguell Llobet, a Spanish classical guitarsit, introduced Segovia to Hauser in 1924. Hauser had been making guiars in the Viennese style, bu Llobet encouraged him to make instruments based on Spanish models. It is said that Hauser brought instruments to Segovia for twelve successive years, but none pleased him until he tried this guitar. Segovia gave up his 1912 Manuel Ramírez guitar in favor of this one by Hauser. The two-piece back and sides are of Brazilian rosewood, the two-piece top is of spruce.