2008 I had the opportunity to measure and absorb a fine 1940 Hauser I
guitar, a copy of which I am now offering in my range of instruments.
For me the original represents a kind of perfection of the luthier's
craft in terms of its restrained aesthetic and refinement of tone. In
November 2009 Julian Bream purchased a Hauser I copy from me, a guitar
which he is delighted with not only for its overall appearance but in
terms of its weight, feel and sound qualities." View a video performance
on a Simon Ambridge Hauser I copy here
classical guitars owe their inspiration to the instruments of Antonio
de Torres, Santos Hernandez and Hermann Hauser I. By combining design
elements from these three great masters with my own ideas, I produce a
concert guitar which is traditional in style, lightly built and very
responsive. I aim for a sound which is clear and focused across the
whole spectrum and favor a slightly thicker soundboard with light struts
which make for more efficient sound radiation and help give an
instrument character, widening its range of available colour."
concur with all that Simon writes. The sound of his magnificent concert
guitars is solid, round and focused with wonderful depth and harmonic
complexity. Capable of projecting both impressive power and delicate
nuance, responsive to a wide range of color changes and attack, his
instruments are beautifully balanced in every way. They are also
remarkably devoid of extraneous harmonic noise: what you hear is each
sparkling note and the accompanying silence surrounding that note.
Finally, these musical instruments possess one of the loveliest,
strongest, bell-like third strings we've heard in years. In sum,
beautiful to look at, an inspiration to play, Simon Ambridge's
individually handcrafted classical guitars represent a unique and
wonderful contribution to the musical arts.
Concert artist Pablo
Cohen who currently performs on a Simon Ambridge guitar writes: "For
more than thirty years, I have had the opportunity to perform with
guitars made by some of the best known makers from South America,
France, Spain, and the U.S.A. It is from this perspective that I can say
Simon Ambridge ranks among the very best guitar makers in the world." (Learn more about this classical guitar maker
book matched Ind. sides and back; select, very old European spr.
soundboard; perfectly executed "V" graft head to neck joint; French
polish of shellac finish; Rodgers
tuning machine heads (the finest in the world) with mother of pearl
oval buttons; workmanship ranking with the finest in the world and
master grade materials throughout; unusually comfortable neck and action
set up; 650mm string length, hardshell case.