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Each of these guitars has been hand picked by Jorge Montalvo
(Casa Montalvo Guitars) of Berkeley
Music Exchange for me. They span the spectrum from a very warm
Spanish tone (Hauser Cocobolo Classical with Cutaway) to a traditional
Flamenco sound (Hauser Concert Cypress Flamenco). The Cutaway Hauser is
the latest addition to my Montalvo guitar family. The Hausers are
excellent reproductions. The "playability" of these four guitars is
excellent. I believe these guitars are among the best quality available
anywhere for the price.
I learned about Jorge's guitars in the Fall of 2000 from Stephen Paul (Esteban).
Esteban is a master guitar player from whom I have learned a tremendous
amount by listening to him play and watching his videos. Esteban
appears regularly on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). See his website
for Upcoming Events.
Although I have never personally met Jorge Montalvo, I have talked with
him many times on the phone. He has been a pleasure to work with and
very knowledgeable about the guitars he sells. I highly recommend the
Concert Montalvo guitar series. Each of these guitars is hand made with
its own unique personality.
Brief description of each of the guitars.
Hauser Classical - This is a slightly smaller guitar than
the others. The Cocobolo wood grain on this particular guitar is
spectacular as evidenced by the image provided above. It has a
surprisingly loud volume for its smaller size. The base range I would
evaluate as a moderately deep Spanish tone. The mid and treble range is
clear but not overly bright. Smaller hands will feel comfortable on
this guitar that has a scale of 654 mm, and a width of 13 5/8". There
is also a slightly larger model of this guitar that is the same size as
the Hauser Flamenco.
Hauser Flamenco - Like the Hauser Classical, this guitar
has a contoured (raised) top and back. While this makes the guitar more
time consuming and difficult to build, it adds to the richness of the
tone produced and the volume of the guitar. The Hauser Flamenco sound
is brighter than the classical Hauser, but still offers a warm base
range. The treble range favors a bright, but not sharp tone. This
guitar's scale is 661 mm. The body is 14 1/4" wide, and the fingerboard
at the nut is 53 mm. The flame cypress wood grain finish on this guitar
Concert Cypress Flamenco with Cutaway - This is a fun
guitar to play. I had a Fishman Natural I pickup installed in this
guitar. I play it through a Fender Acoustasonic 30 Amplifier. This
combination (guitar, pickup and amplifier) makes for a beautiful
sounding and well balanced package. The sound clips above of this
guitar have been recorded without any amplification. This is the same
make and model that Esteban uses for his HSN concerts.
Hauser Cocobolo Classical with Cutaway - This particular
guitar has a uniquely pure Spanish sound which is can be heard on the
above audio clips. The deep rich base tones and yet, bright trebles
make this guitar a versatile concert performer. The Hauser Concert
Cocobolo Classical Guitar's size and weight are responsible for the
deep Spanish sound and volume. This is also a wonderful and exciting
guitar to play.