Woods: East Indian rosewood and Italian spruce, ebony fingerboard and bridge,  French polish finish.

Specs:  650mm scale, 52m nut, 4mm action at the 12th fret bass and 3mm treble. Upgraded Klaus Scheller tuners ($700. upgrade), two Ruck-style sound ports, original hard shell case. Label reads guitar #99.

Condition: as new.  Some slight clouding in the polish on the back–very faint.

Comment: After hearing much about the elusive Mr. Garcia, whose work has elicited a mild cult following in the California guitar public since he left the Kenny Hill organization, this is my first chance to spend some time playing his Hauser ’37 model. I think it is true to the prototype in that it is a sensitive instrument. The volume is there for the asking, but it does not burst through the sound ports like a Connor–in many ways it reminds me of a Ruck. Even tempered, balanced, teasing expression from the player. It won’t get it done for you, but if you know what you are doing, it is a lot of guitar.

The woods are exceptional. The Italian spruce is significantly silked. The vertical grain pattern is complemented by this mild pattern, and two bearclaw imprints straddle the bridge. The rosewood has that translucent grain that seems to shift as one turns the guitar in the light,  something I’ve only seen in older Brazilian rosewood.  The Scheller tuners immediately impress, as they are effortless and hold the tuning from one day to the next.

Overall, I wonder how Mr. Garcia can build a guitar such as this for under $5,000. I know of only a few in my experience who can, or are willing to try.

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