I have played and owned a wide range of high-end luthier built guitars. As soon as I played Steve’s Hauser model, I knew it had a special and fascinating tone, and I couldn’t wait to get hold of one. The woods are the best available, and the guitar is aesthetically perfect. The playability and comfort is the best I have ever come across: difficult pieces with challenging stretches feel more achievable.
As for the tone, it’s a perfect combination of sweetness, responsiveness and power. The sustain, balance and separation are excellent. The trebles have a lovely intimate, beguiling tone, but are strong and chime like bells. The guitar can roar if you need it to, but the overall tonal character is simply delightful. Whilst the top is thicker than other models, it only took a few weeks for the guitar to open up, and it only takes a few minutes of play for it to warm up and respond, so gratification is quicker than you might expect. I really love it, and it’s the guitar that I reach for first.
D. Czech, Hauser II 1959 replica, 2023