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Simon Ambridge Spruce Top Classical Guitar 2015(Hauser I Model)
Number 251 Same model as made for Julian Bream.
In perfect condition.
Hiscox case included.
Rosewood Back And Sides
650mm Scale Length
51mm Nut Width
One of Simons' best examples I have seen and typical of his excellent craftmanship.
A perfect french polish which only enhances the sound.
In 2008 I had the opportunity to measure and absorb a fine 1940 Hauser 1 guitar, probably the sister of the ‘Augustine’ Hauser which Julian Bream played for two decades. Both uniquely were tuned to E/E flat, whereas most Hausers are tuned higher, more like F/F sharp. The sound of this 1940 guitar is incredible, with a deep focussed bass and clear bell-like trebles. Also the notes are well separated and the guitar is capable of great projection.
As I had been for many years inspired by the Hauser tradition, I wanted to create a guitar which I could in a sense detach myself from stylistically and remove any decisions relating to design. Since then I have built many guitars based on this instrument with great success and admired by players worldwide, including Julian Bream who purchased one in 2009.
Width of upper bout 280mm; width of waist 237mm; width of lower bout 367mm; depth of body 89-98mm; scale length 650mm. Resonance typically E/F.
Hauser 1 often decorated the bridges of his guitars with mother of pearl dots and a matching veneer on the tie block. Contrary to some theories I don’t believe these were an indication of the box resonance. These details are optional on my Hauser model, as is the head veneer central inlay strip.
Finished in French polish of shellac, fitted with Rodgers or Klaus Scheller tuning machines and supplied with a Hiscox Pro2 case.
A quote from Simon himself
"My interest in guitars began back in the early 60’s with the explosion of the pop music industry. My first guitar, a cheap, burgundy coloured, acoustic f hole cutaway soon had a pickup fitted, got played endlessly and became what I recognize now as the seed of a passion which has endured to this day.
Born in London, in 1951, I come from a family with a long tradition of cabinetmaking dating back to the 18th century. Although a keen woodworker from an early age I decided to study graphic design before setting up a successful furniture making business in London. In 1978 I made my first acoustic guitar based on a Martin 0045, then soon after I made a small Torres style classical with help from Kevin Aram who has since established himself as a leading luthier.
At this point my path was clear; I was hooked. However, it was a further ten years before it was possible to devote myself to guitar making full time.
Becoming a full time guitar maker coincided with my move to Devon in the southwest of England, thanks to a setting up grant from the Crafts Council of Great Britain. I was particularly honored by this grant since the selectors included Jose Romanillos, David Rubio and Paul Fischer. In 1991 I received awards from the David Canter Memorial fund and Southwest Arts. In 1995 I moved into a studio on the Dartington estate in South Devon, home of the renowned Dartington International Summer School.
Over the years I have enjoyed a growing international reputation with customers in North and South America, Canada, the Far East and Australia as well as mainland Europe and the UK. I live with my wife Anna in South Brent, Devon, within the Dartmoor National Park. Although primarily self taught as a guitar maker, I am indebted to the many luthiers and guitarists who have given me advice, support and encouragement."