Instruments we build are based on the designs of
Antonio de Torres,
Hermann Hauser I,
and Miguel Rodriguez Jr.
and Rodriguez instruments have a reputation for being among the finest
concert classical guitars in existence. The two styles are an excellent
complement to each other, in both aesthetic
qualities. These differences are due to the
different timbers, designs and construction methods that each style
guitars are large Spanish Instruments,
they have a beautiful dark look
and a quick powerful sound.
We use Both Western Red Cedar
and European Spruce for
the soundboards of our Rodriguez style instruments.
style guitars are known for their clear balanced
sound and clean, well
proportioned look. Part of the
intrinsic beauty of the sound of Hauser guitars comes from the European
Spruce soundboard, which is braced using a
simple pattern of seven radiating fans, similar to that which Antonio De Torres
used on his original classical guitars.
build Hauser style guitars in two sizes, the larger has approximately the same
dimensions as the famous 1937 Hauser I
owned and played. Our guitars built in this size have excellent string
separation and balance with smooth basses
and clear, fundamental trebles.
The smaller plantilla Hauser that we build is taken from a 1949 Hauser I, our
guitars in this size are very beautiful to look at, with a more rounded
body profile than the larger Hauser. They
have a more compressed sound
than the larger model, however, volume and balance and tone are otherwise
typical Torres classicals
are based on SE 129,
a beautiful European Maple and European Spruce instrument with fine and
understated appointments. However,
we will occasionally build one off instruments like our reproduction of the FE
17 ‘Tarrega’ Torres, a very
ornate and time consuming guitar to build.
We also build an instrument based on the 1859
Torres. For the back and sides we
utilise either Indian Rosewood or Brazilian Rosewood, as used in the original
FE 09 Torres.
Our Torres style guitars
have a beautiful, fundamental sonority with a surprising amount of volume for a
smaller bodied guitar.
smallest classical is a Torres
style guitar, based on the SE
117 guitar. It has a long
slender body and a short scale. These guitars are very
light and very
attractive to look at. Their
sound is substantial, but not overpowering.
we build a nylon seven string ‘Brazilian
We base these instruments on a Spruce top Rodriguez design, with subtle
adjustments to accommodate a seventh bass
string which can be tuned
to C, B or A.
This instrument essentially sounds like one of our typical Rodriguez
concert classical guitars with the addition of an extra lower pitch bass string.
instruments are played and
endorsed by some of Australia’s best guitarists. Famous
Australian guitarist Doug de Vries
plays a Brazilian seven string and a Torres style classical from us.
who is head of guitar studies at Southern Cross University plays our Torres and
Rodriguez style classical guitars. Ken Murray
is professional concert classical guitarists and teacher at Melbourne
University, he plays a German spruce and maple Torres style instruments.
are the exclusive agent for Reischl
Machine Heads in Australia.
We are also proud to use Reischl machine heads on our finest
instruments. We also have limited
quantities of Rodgers
Machine Heads in stock.
Here to hear sound samples of our
Here to view our archive page with
pictures of instruments we have built in the past
Here to view our Reischl Machine Heads
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