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1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA
1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA

1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA


A Mature and beautiful Hasselbacher that has a voice that has to be heard to understand fully

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1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA


Model 1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA
Condition Pre-Owned in Excellent Condition
Scale 660mm compensated
Finish French Polish
Tuners Custom High End Tuners – I believe these are made by Fustero – MOP
Case TKL HSC – Decent Shape

Tone Woods

Top Select Master Grade German Spruce
Sides/Back CSA RW
Neck Spanish Mahogany
Bridge  Rio Rosewood
Head Plate  Rio Rosewood
Fingerboard Ebony
Binding  Snakewoods, Maples, Ebony


Nut Width  53mm
String Spacing  46mm – 52.5mm – 59.5mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – saddle
Overall length  39 3/4″
Body length  19 1/2″
Upper bout width  11 1/4″
Lower bout width  14 3/8″
Waist width  9 7/16″
Body depths  3 3/4″ & 3 7/8″ Upper bout to Lower bout
Weight  3lb & 4oz.
Action  3.6mm to 3.1mm Low E to High E
CITES  InEligible – paperwork is not available

1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA


Another magnificent example of work by the old masters replicating the work of other old masters, namely the Hauser I of 1937 and 1943 fame, after numerous refinements suggested by Segovia.  Turns out Frank was also endorsed by Andres.  The old Spaniard clearly got around, but hey, that’s another story.  LOL

The guitar has had one owner, who took very good care of the guitar.  This is a bench copy (or a very close to a bench copy) endorsed and approved by the Augustine Family, based on the 1937 Hauser guitar owned by Albert Augustine.  Frank was a consummate builder, professional and meticulous in his methods, finishing and builds.

I have seen 4 of these guitars numbered up to #48.  This being #31.  The others I’ve seen were in severe to moderate distress.   This guitar, #31, looks almost brand new, I kid you not.  One or two slight marks that are hard to see, no cracks, no breaks, nothing to note.

Setup is sort of moderately high, at 4.1mm low E 12th fret, but the string break is nice, the power is evident, and it’s not overly high in my opinion.   The canted fingerboard is in beautiful shape, helping with required relief, yet keeping the neck straight.

The CSA is straight grained, as you would expect, with a beautiful reddish coloring throughout, that brightens along the outer edges.  No issues at all on the back/sides.

The guitar is simply superb, probably the finest example of his work available to date.

A short biography of Frank taken from an on-line source

“Frank Haselbacher (24 April 1922 – 20 May 1990)
USA based guitar builder of German extraction, served in the US Army in WWII and after de-mob in 1946 joined the NYC fire department eventually rising to the post of fire chief. Before the war he had apprenticed for a time with Danish guitar builder Albert Augustine and struck up a lifelong friendship with him and his wife Rose. Mr. Haselbacher continued to work with Hr. Augustine in his spare time mostly as a repairman and worked on guitars for such luminaries as Andrés Segovia but also started building the odd guitar.

Following the death of Mr. Augustine in 1968 his widow, Rose Augustine, gave Mr. Haselbacher the tooling, labels and the jigs that had been used by her husband and a permission to use the Augustine label on his instruments, he started out making instruments in 1969 out of his NY apartment but after his retirement in the 1970’s he moved to Voluntown, New London in Connecticut and there was a marked increase in the volume of instruments up to about 6 to 12 a year but at the same time he became the best known restorer of vintage high end classical guitars and the man recommended to repair Antonio de Torres and Hermann Hauser instruments with endorsements from Segovia and other luminaries. Mr. Haselbacher passed away in 1990 but he had continued making and repairing guitars to his dying day, a couple of unfinished instruments were given to fellow guitar builder friend of his called Thomas Bazzolo who finished them off.

All his instruments used the later round Augustine labels and are marked with serial numbers, year of manufacture and are signed Frank Haselbacher. To give an idea of time line, instruments #37 #38 #39 were made in 1975 and #48 in 1978, the vast bulk of his instruments being spruce tops instruments, with only a few cedar tops in-between. Players that have used his instrument include Eliot Fisk, Robert Phillips and Edelton Gloeden.”

Serious inquiries only.  By appointment.

This classical guitar is now available for purchase.  The guitar is here in the studio.   Thank you!

Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss.  Rich 631-335-5447

I prefer to sell this guitar domestically, within US Borders.

I discourage International buyers, unless you are willing to come here yourself and take delivery personally.  CITES paperwork is NOT available for this guitar, though it is eligible due to Pre-Convention Status. Rich



Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is highly recommended including EQ manipulation, if possible. We record everything flat with just a touch of Reverb to relieve dryness. My goal is to record the guitar as realistically as is possible. I speak in the recordings, my thoughts about the guitar (and possibly other things?).  My speaking also serves to give you my first impressions and to also give you a balance of the engineering (or lack thereof) versus the sound of the guitar.  I simply do not have time to engineer much of anything.  Thanks. Rich

MP3 Audio – 181126-1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA – a super guitar.  A true masterpiece of an instrument.  She opened up and started to sing.  Balance is spot on, while every voice is singing, basses pushing and mids starting to growl.  Truly incredible.

My Solo Book of sheet music is available here if you’re interested.

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1




Premium Single Arch Top or Double Arch HSC is always included in your purchase price.

Please NOTE:  We will also consider hand delivering the instrument to you.  She is very special, requiring the utmost in personal touch and care.  Whatever it costs us to do this for you is what you will be charged.  Flight, car (taxi), accommodations, time etc.

Please note again that International Shipping is NOT recommended.  You will assume all risk if you choose to have the guitar shipped to you.  Please read and click the link below.

Very Important:  International Clients, including Canada…Please note that we will NOT accept PayPal or any CC as payment.  All transactions must be finalized with Bank Wire Transfers for any amount over $1000 USD. Please see our discussion found here and scroll down to Customs – Duty and International Shipping .  Thank you!

Packaging is professionally done within its hard-shell case.
It is always preferred that you come to the Studio to play it and pick it up.

All concert level guitars come with a standard accessory package including extras sets of strings, humidifier, headstock tuner, and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar.  Rich


This classical guitar carries No Warranty from Savage Classical Guitar as the guitar is pre-owned

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: rich at savageclassical dot com

Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 45 × 18 × 8 in