Cordoba Hauser Master Series Classical - Engleman Spruce Top

6-string Classical Nylon-string Acoustic Guitar with Engelmann Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back/Sides, Spanish Cedar Neck, Ebony Fretboard, and Hard Case - Natural
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Cordoba Hauser Master Series Classical - Engleman Spruce Top
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Based on a Legendary Classical Guitar

This Cordoba Hauser nylon-string guitar is a handcrafted instrument that gives you incredible control over your tone based on how you play. This amazingly responsive guitar is based on an original 1937 Hauser guitar, re-created down to the finest details. Wood thicknesses were measured within hundredths of a millimeter, the bracing pattern was traced and mapped, and the tonal balance was carefully analyzed, all to bring you the sound of a legendary instrument. If you need a guitar that responds to the most subtle nuances of your playing, you'll be captivated by the Cordoba Hauser nylon-string guitar.

Cordoba Hauser Nylon-string Guitar at a Glance:
  • Based on one of the most-heard classical guitars ever created
  • Designed for expressive, nuanced playing
  • Premium tonewoods deliver rich tone
Based on one of the most-heard classical guitars ever created

Cordoba has re-created one of the most-heard classical guitars in the world, the 1937 Hauser favored by the late Andres Segovia. Made by German guitar builder Hermann Hauser, the 1937 original was played by Andres Segovia for countless concerts and recording sessions. Essentially, it's the guitar that proved to the world that a nylon-string guitar is a capable concert instrument.

Designed for expressive, nuanced playing

Guitarists at Sweetwater understand that with nylon-string guitar, your tonal range should only be limited by your playing technique. Depending on how you play the Cordoba Hauser can sound soft and sweet, bold and intense, or anything in between. Moving your right hand over the sound hole adds a warm, subdued glow to your tone. From dynamics to tonal character, you have full control over the sound of the Cordoba Hauser.

Premium tonewoods deliver rich tone

You'll love the rich, full tone of the Cordoba Master Series Torres's premium tonewoods. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides set a powerful tonal foundation for the solid Engelmann spruce top, giving you the perfect balance of warmth and brightness. The neck is solid Spanish cedar, for maximum transfer of string energy to the top. An ebony fingerboard and Indian rosewood bridge complete the elegant look.

Cordoba Hauser Nylon-string Guitar Features:
  • Handcrafted nylon-string guitar, based on an original 1937 Hermann Hauser model guitar
  • Responds exceptionally well to the nuances of your playing style
  • Rich, expressive tone from Indian Rosewood back/sides and Engelmann spruce top
  • 18:1 Gotoh gold tuners with ebony buttons, for exceptional tuning stability and great looks
  • Hardshell Cordoba humidified archtop case included
Play a legendary guitar - the Cordoba Hauser nylon-string guitar!

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Additional Media

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Guitar of the Day: Cordoba Hauser

Tech Specs

String Type Nylon
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Hauser
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Indian rosewood
Body Bracing 1937 Hauser 7-fan bracing
Binding Indian rosewood binding
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Number of Frets 19
Scale Length 25.6"
Tuning Machines Gold Gotoh tuners, 18:1 ratio
Bridge Material Indian Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 2.04"
Overall Length 39.125"
Body Width 14.5"
Body Depth 3.75"-3.875"
Strings Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 07122

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Terrific Value!!!

I am very fortunate to own a couple of hand made classical guitars (aka expensive). I travel a great deal and did not like subjecting these instruments to the abuse travel brings. I was looking for a very high quality hand made guitar which I would feel comfortable taking along with me on my travels. I could not be happier with the Hauser. Although it is far, far from inexpensive, the quality is well worth the price (and in my case, two month wait). It truly is a great value! The spruce top is exceptionally fine grained and the rosewood is beautiful. The build quality is exceptional. I have examined a number of much, much more expensive hand made Spanish guitars. The build quality of this guitar exceeds all but very, very few. I have seen low serial number Cordoba Hauser guitars where the perfling did not line up at joints. But my guitar is nearly perfect in every detail, obviously things are continuing to improve. I do have two negative comments: 1. I do not like the sound of the stock strings which are delivered on the guitar. After trying them for one week, I changed to the Pepe Romero Fluorocarbon treble hard tension string set. The difference in sound was amazing. I highly recommend this string set for the Hauser. They really bring out the nuances of the guitar - both highs and lows. 2. Initially, I had a buzz issue with the fourth (D) string, from frets 2 through 7. This improved when I changed strings, but still remained. It took a while before I could find the source of this buzzing. Turns out, it was me! I'd gotten a bit sloppy with my finger position on the frets. I was placing my finger just a bit away from the fret, which was the source of the buzz. Simply placing finger pressure between two frets resulted in the buzz on the fourth string. But slide the finger over, toward the fret being played and the buzz went away entirely. I discussed this with a couple of luthiers. Evidently, there is a very fine line with fret height. Low frets create the problem I observed. (Note - I only observed this situation on the fourth string.) Making the frets higher tend to eliminate this problem, but can create intonation problems. (At least that is what I was told.) Since some fingerings preclude placing the finger immediately adjacent to the frets, I would encourage the Hauser builders to increase the fret height ever so slightly on future builds. But it should be noted - this guitar is spot on in regards to intonation - all over the fingerboard - a benefit of the lower fret height.
Music background: Guitar Enthusiast
4.5/5

Almost perfect

A superb guitar with precisely the tone I’ve been looking for. Notes ring pure, and I mean lovely pure with minimal overtones, as advertised. I would describe the sound as a bit on the dry side, but in a good way. You can play full 6-string barre cords and hear every note, with no mush. This is not an easy feat. Perfect for baroque music and jazz chord style playing. Maybe these characteristics are less desirable on some Romantic and Latin music, but of course Segovia had no problem with them. The balance between the bass and treble strings is much better than on my other classical guitar, a Cordoba Orchestra Pro 12 (actually a fusion model with 48 mm neck). I’ve always loved the deep bass on the Orchestra Pro, but in comparison to the Hauser it sounds boomy. Sustain is amazing—you can pretend you’re Glenn Gould and hold the opening notes of the Goldberg Variations Aria seemingly forever. The tuners are rock-solid—not too easy, not too tight. Appearance is striking with beautiful appointments. The soundboard is natural Engelmann spruce, with absolutely parallel grain, and with a silky smooth polyurethane finish. The rosette is about the prettiest of any guitar I’ve owned, with two narrow red rings adding class to the complex black and gray pattern. The back and sides are also a joy to look at, and not just for the rosewood; the olive purfling, as on the 1937 Hauser, is a wonderful and unique touch. The headstock features the same decoration. The bridge is a highly polished rosewood. Close inspection reveals some imperfections. The inside wall of the soundhole, in the area near the neck, has a rough finish—it appears not to have been sanded and varnished. The nut has one sharp corner that could do with a bit of rounding. Finally, there is a 2 mm misalignment between the end graft (where the sides meet at the tail of the guitar) and the soundboard joint. On my other acoustic guitars, including the Orchestra Pro, the soundboard joint and end graft are perfectly on-center. Seems odd, unless the 1937 reference model also had this characteristic (I doubt it). This lends hand-made character to the guitar, but I wish it were perfect. Easily a 5-star guitar but for these defects. Overall, a versatile, stunning instrument which can accommodate many styles.
Music background: Home guitarist, 40+ years of playing
See also: Classic Guitars, Cordoba, Cordoba Classical/Nylon String Guitars