Last Update: 02/23/06
American Guitar Society 80th Anniversary Guitar
|Special hand engraved Nico Alessi tuning machines designed for this special guitar for the American Guitar Society 80th anniversary.|
|Strung up and ready to go to CSU, Northridge for the International Guitar Research Archive Exhibit.|
|The American Guitar Society was founded by Vahdah Olcott Bickford in 1923. It was the first guitar society established in the United States in Los Angeles,California.
The idea to build a guitar for the 80th anniversary of the AGS came to me during a visit to Dr.Ron Purcell's home in 2002. Dr.Purcell was my private instructor while I was a student at CSUN in the 1980's. Since that time we have become close friends. During this time I was teaching an online guitar making course as a Hauser guitar as the project. During a visit to a dealer in Southern California I was able to examine Pepe Romero's 1937 Hauser. I was stunned at the accuracy of the guitar that I had built compared to the original. This experience sparked the idea to introduce a Hauser model, but not any Hauser model.I've been driven to build the best possible Hauser replica offered today. In 2003 I started my masters degree in guitar performance and will be completing it in Fall 2005. During my studies I wrote a research paper that was published by the Hauser family website.
|Cocobolo back and sides.|
|Perfect "Vee" head joint.|
|Top prior to string up the guitar.|
|Dr. Ron Purcell(IGRA director/founder), Delores Rhoads, and David Schramm contributors to the IGRA exhibition October-November 2005 held at CSU, Northridge Oviatt Library.|
|On display at the Oviatt library for the IGRA exhibition October-November 2005 at CSU, Northridge.
(Photo Credit: Mark Westling)