Kenny Hill New World Munich (Hauser) Classical guitar, HSC, STEAL

Condition: Used
Will ship to: Local pickup only
Price: 799
Ad status: SOLD!

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Posted on: less than 3 months ago
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Kenny Hill New World Munch (1937 Hauser, modeled after the one Segovia played). This is a great deal offered for quick sell to cover some medical expenses; if it doesn't sell by Monday night, I'm going to address its one cosmetic issue and offer for more later. If you're looking for a GREAT DEAL, this is it.

First, so we're clear: This guitar is in PERFECT PLAYING ORDER, has low action and absolutely no issues affecting structural integrity, playability, sound or potential longevity. It does, however, have a couple flaws that lower what I can get for it.

And the two are related: From the photos you can see that it has one minor split next to the fretboard (bass side) and a very slight seam separation below the bridge. Both of these are basically non-issues, in that they've been professionally addressed inside and out (the seam separation sits over a brace, so that's never going to move).

However, after addressing both, the guitar's entire french polish was redone--fine, except that it was sent before it had had a full month to cure and, in 100+ heat in transit, picked up some smudging. This can't really be seen in the photos--it's not horrible, but if you see the guitar in good light at the right angle, you can definitely see that it's not as smooth as it should be.

And that's it--nothing to affect play or sound, but certainly doesn't have the spit and polish it did when it left Kenny Hill's shop in 2008. (It was built in Mexico, but all his New World guitars go through the California shop for final set up and inspection.)

I don't believe this model is still offered, but when it was, the California version sold for as low as $4500 and for much higher with Brazilian back and sides; I think the New World model sold new for over $2k, and I've seen a couple with considerably more issues than this one selling for twice what I'm asking here.

Action is LOW (3mm across the saddle); sound is SWEE-EE-EET. Good volume, spectrum and sustain. Like the guitar it's modeled after, it's not a cannon--but a real sweetheart; fundamentals are ringing and clear, partials are sweet and full.

Below you can find the full corporate pitch, but for now let me just say this: It's really hard for me to imagine any guitar out there that is going to offer as much as this one for under $1,000. If you think otherwise, spend the weekend trying to find it, and if you do--go for it.

And the Gator molded hardshell is like new--sells on its own for $125.

From the Hill website:

Many classical guitarist know that for many years Kenny Hill produced a line of guitars called the Master Series; beautiful hand made classical and flamenco guitars based on designs of old masters such as Hauser, Fleta, Torres, Rodriguez, and others. These were made in his shop in California from the finest woods available by a small team of craftsmen trained and supervised by Kenny. Because he no longer makes the Master Series guitars, it is always a pleasure to come across a fine used example such as this 2001 "Munich" based on the Hermann Hauser guitar that Segovia made famous.

This guitar is in very good cosmetic condition with some common but minor playing and handling wear. Structurally however, it is in superb condition, and, consequently, both its sound and playability are excellent. Moreover, a player who appreciates that a Hauser guitar's voice is marked by a unique clarity, definition and balance will be pleased to discover that this Hill Munich shares these salient characteristics. That being the case, this fine instrument is a splendid modern example of an old world classic.


* Top - European Spruce
* Back and Sides - Indian rosewood
* Fingerboard - Ebony
* Scale - 650mm
* Nut - 51mm
* String Spacing at Nut - 8.5mm
* Tuning Machines - Schaller