2023 Darren Hippner #1148 Spruce Blackwood Hauser


Master Grade Alpine Spruce with incredible African Blackwood

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2023 Darren Hippner #1148 Spruce Blackwood Hauser


Model2023 Darren Hippner #1148 Spruce Blackwood Hauser
ConditionNew – dealer transfer, with slight play wear.  Read description please!
FinishFrench Polish top – Lacquer Back & Sides – finely applied
TunersRubner Premium Machines known as Rubner Artisan Sonido
CaseEastman Fiberglass HSC – see photos

Tone Woods

Top Master Austrian Alpine Spruce – Darren is a wood dealer as well
Sides/BackAfrican Blackwood – again, gorgeous, straight grained, in the style of Hauser
NeckSpanish Cedar neck w/carbon fiber inserts
Truss Rod No
BridgeCSA RW with Abalone MOP tie block
Head PlateCSA RW
Fingerboard Ebony / Canted in the Hauser style
Binding Brazilian with Maples and Ebonies


Nut Width 54mm
String Spacings 44.5mm-50.5mm-58mm (1st fret – 12th fret at body – saddle)
Overall length 38 1/2″
Body length 19 1/8″
Upper bout width 11″
Waist Width 9 1/8″
Lower bout width 14 1/4″
Body depths 3 1/2 ” 3 3/4″ – upper to lower bouts
Guitar Weight 3lbs & 14 oz
Action 4.1mm – 3.25mm low E to high E 12th fret unfretted
CITES Not Required for this guitar – see link to the left

2023 Darren Hippner #1148 Spruce Blackwood Hauser


Darren and I have been working together since 2003, where he has always impressed with the modeling and building of his guitars, his deep, instinctive knowledge, coupled with his extreme work ethic.  He built a number of Hauser models just recently, sending these 2 to a smaller dealer, who has now sent them to me.

It is a sad and simple fact that dealers, of any caliber, simply do not know how to handle their guitars or their clientele that may come in to test them out.  We have rules of engagement here in my gallery, for every guitar, no matter the price.  Do not touch the body of my guitars.  I am militant about it, and politely firm, but do not mistake my politeness for weakness or complacency.

OK, saying that, I have completed a full interior and exterior inspection of the guitar, finding some evidence of play wear on the top, small marks around the back and sides, here and there.  It is a shame to have such a beautiful guitar lessened by lazy negligence.  Ugh.  OK, I will attempt to photograph them, but I doubt they will show up.  Small fingernail marks along with small finish rubbing on the back.  Nothing significant, where I can buff and or re-polish some of it using shellac, but I want to give full disclosure, as always.

I also put the guitar in a Fiberglass Eastman Case as what they sent was insufficient.  I have lowered the price to the mid $4K range, which is a bit of a shame, as the guitar is much more valuable.

The woods are phenomenal, her sound decidedly clean and pure in her voices and separation.  The play on her is gorgeous. Powerful enough, certainly musical and expressive with easy play.  I found her round and warm sounding, with the expected bells of the trebles, exhibiting excellent balance throughout her ranges as well as a superb growl in the mid voices.

The Alpine Spruce is superb, evidencing slight Bear Claw, highly desirable.  The African Blackwood back & sides are some choice woods giving the straight grained appearance expected in the old master builds, all while avoiding the Brazilian Rosewood, which prohibits paperwork and International shipping.  The guitar plays and sounds as sweet as possible.  The machines are incredibly attractive, built by the higher end division of Rubner Tuning Machines.  See photos.  This is simply an excellent guitar by Darren Hippner.



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. Thanks. Rich

MP3 Audio – Coming Soon! – the guitar is very clear, with a smooth warmth and blooming basses that really works well.  Darren is a downright prodigy when it comes to building.  The setup helped the guitar to play and sound beautifully in my hands.

A link to my book of personal compositions is available below.   A TAB edition is also available.  Thank you kindly.  Rich

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



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

Your listed Price does NOT include Shipping to the 50US

Please note that as a Global Statement for my site, for Tuning machines, Accessories, and most guitars, that Shipping is NOT Free any longer.  Costs have gone up dramatically.  Regardless of what or where you might read on the site, shipping is not free any longer.  Choose the least expensive method, if available, or Expedited if you want them quicker.  My apologies.  Rich

Please DO NOT Choose USPS Media Mail to ship a guitar or a Hard Shell Case – this shipping method is designed for Media, Books, CDS, DVDs, etc.  

Please  choose FedEx Home or Ground Delivery or any Expedited Method.  The more expensive a guitar, the more likely you should choose a 1 or 2 day method.  It’s pure common sense, especially when it is too hot or too cold outside.  

 I have added numerous options for you to choose the cost and method, including USPS Priority and Express, as well as FedEx options (we can substitute UPS for FedEx, simply indicate your preference in the Notes window at Check Out).  

Thank you!

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!

Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS
Please write to me for a detailed quote for International Shipping.

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, nail buffer and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar. It is my way of saying thank you for doing business with me and Savage Classical Guitar.  Rich



This guitar carries a 1 Year Warranty from the luthier and Savage Classical Guitar

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

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in

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