Rare Karl Hauser Acoustic Guitar – Early 1960s

Rare Karl Hauser Acoustic Guitar – Early 1960s

This is a rare, and extremely unique, Karl Hauser (German Made) acoustic guitar from the early to mid 1960s. The interior label reads “Karl Hauser – Ideal Musical Merchandise Co. of New York”. To my knowledge, this is the only example of a non-classical acoustic guitar by Karl Hauser.

This is a rare, and extremely unique, Karl Hauser (German Made) acoustic guitar from the early to mid 1960s.

The interior label reads “Karl Hauser – Ideal Musical Merchandise Co. of New York”. There is a serial number on the back of the headstock. A hard-shell case is included with this guitar.

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The sound hole: is inlaid with mother-of-pearl inlays. The craftsmanship is outstanding on this guitar.

The fretboard: is made from rosewood with dot pearl inlays. The wood on the fretboard is incredible.

The headstock: The wood is likely a light walnut, which is the same through the neck. The neck has a truss rod.

Tuners: The tuners are original.

Sound board: Around the edge of the top sound board, there is a beautiful, multi-wood inlay made up of two different color woods (light and dark). The sound board wood is light and has a matted finish.

Body and bottom: The body sides and bottom deck are made from a burled walnut, and it is stunning. The finish on the bottom and sides is a gloss.

The saddle, bridge and bridge nut: The bridge is made from a rosewood or mahogany. Strings are fed through the back of the bridge via holes, not pegs. This was likely intended to be a steel-string guitar.

Overall Condition: The guitar is in good condition. The finish is very good, with minor abrasions here and there. There is a section where the inlaid strip along the right side of the upper sound board has come away from the deck (please see pictures).

The guitar has a restoration label inside the body, but I am not sure what was restored. It appears that perhaps an attempt was made to fix the inlaid strip along the top of the sound board.

The neck and action condition: The neck seems to have a slight upward tilt. Frets are in relatively good condition. The action is slightly high, but it is still playable. On the backside of the neck (under the first fret) there is a very subtle line where the two parts of the neck are joined together. I am mentioning this because it is there, but it is not noticeable in the pictures. It appears to be an affect of aging and possibly the wood shrinking a microscopic amount.

I have played this guitar and it sounds beautiful, clear, resonant, and warm.

Please see the pictures with the quarter for reference.

Dimensions:
– Overall length: 40 3/4″
– Body width: 14 1/2:”
– Fretboard length: 18 1/2″
– Neck width at narrowest point near top nut: 1 5/8″
– Body depth: 4″
– Weight: 3lbs 11oz

Dexterity:
– Right Handed


About Karl Hauser:
Karl Hauser was a brand name used by the Ideal Musical Merchandise Co. of New York in the 1960s and 1970s. They imported acoustic guitars and other instruments from Western Germany.

All Karl Hauser instruments are beautifully constructed and are high-quality. Karl Hauser mostly produced classical acoustic guitars. To my knowledge, this is the only example of a non-classical acoustic guitar by Karl Hauser.

Description

This is a rare, and extremely unique, Karl Hauser (German Made) acoustic guitar from the early to mid 1960s.

The interior label reads “Karl Hauser – Ideal Musical Merchandise Co. of New York”. There is a serial number on the back of the headstock. A hard-shell case is included with this guitar.

FREE SHIPPING is available on this item.

The sound hole: is inlaid with mother-of-pearl inlays. The craftsmanship is outstanding on this guitar.

The fretboard: is made from rosewood with dot pearl inlays. The wood on the fretboard is incredible.

The headstock: The wood is likely a light walnut, which is the same through the neck. The neck has a truss rod.

Tuners: The tuners are original.

Sound board: Around the edge of the top sound board, there is a beautiful, multi-wood inlay made up of two different color woods (light and dark). The sound board wood is light and has a matted finish.

Body and bottom: The body sides and bottom deck are made from a burled walnut, and it is stunning. The finish on the bottom and sides is a gloss.

The saddle, bridge and bridge nut: The bridge is made from a rosewood or mahogany. Strings are fed through the back of the bridge via holes, not pegs. This was likely intended to be a steel-string guitar.

Overall Condition: The guitar is in good condition. The finish is very good, with minor abrasions here and there. There is a section where the inlaid strip along the right side of the upper sound board has come away from the deck (please see pictures).

The guitar has a restoration label inside the body, but I am not sure what was restored. It appears that perhaps an attempt was made to fix the inlaid strip along the top of the sound board.

The neck and action condition: The neck seems to have a slight upward tilt. Frets are in relatively good condition. The action is slightly high, but it is still playable. On the backside of the neck (under the first fret) there is a very subtle line where the two parts of the neck are joined together. I am mentioning this because it is there, but it is not noticeable in the pictures. It appears to be an affect of aging and possibly the wood shrinking a microscopic amount.

I have played this guitar and it sounds beautiful, clear, resonant, and warm.

Please see the pictures with the quarter for reference.

Dimensions:
– Overall length: 40 3/4″
– Body width: 14 1/2:”
– Fretboard length: 18 1/2″
– Neck width at narrowest point near top nut: 1 5/8″
– Body depth: 4″
– Weight: 3lbs 11oz

Dexterity:
– Right Handed


About Karl Hauser:
Karl Hauser was a brand name used by the Ideal Musical Merchandise Co. of New York in the 1960s and 1970s. They imported acoustic guitars and other instruments from Western Germany.

All Karl Hauser instruments are beautifully constructed and are high-quality. Karl Hauser mostly produced classical acoustic guitars. To my knowledge, this is the only example of a non-classical acoustic guitar by Karl Hauser.

Additional information

Weight 18 lbs
Dimensions 50 × 20 × 8 in
Brand

Karl Hauser

Acoustic

Classical

Year

1960s

Country of Origin

West Germany

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