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Masahiro Tanabe

Finish:top:Shellac / back & sides:Shellac
Tuning Machine:SCHERTLER
String height:1string  3.0mm/6string 4.0mm

Born in Gunma, Japan, in 1974, he began making classical guitars at the age of 20. He learned at Sakae Ishii's workshop, where he built about 140 guitars. In 2001, he attended a workshop with José Luis Romanillos in Sigüenza, Spain, which provided him with a decisive experience and convinced him that the traditional Spanish method was the direction he should take.
After returning to Japan, he set up a workshop in Tochigi Prefecture, and in October 2002, he launched the Romanillos model. His guitars are the fruit of his exploratory spirit and outstanding in their design and sonic perfection. He currently produces five to six guitars per year.
In 2018, a popular NHK program aired a video of him building in his workshop, and in 2020, his interview and instruments were featured in Orfeo Magazine No. 15, published by French publisher Camino Verde.

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the new Hermann Hauser I Model No. 276 2023, made by Masahiro Tanabe. Tanabe's characteristic approach when producing a tribute model is to not only research the maker and his work meticulously, but also to question the maker's place in the history of guitar making, and then to add his own production aesthetics. Tanabe's approach is most effective with Hauser, a brand that has become a decisive bridge between the Spanish guitar and the classical world, and this work is a perfect example of the ideal fusion of Spanish and German that Hauser I sought.

InstrumentMasahiro Tanabe
CategoryJapanese Classical Guitars 〔New〕
Number/ModelClass 80 Hauser I model No.276
Scale length650mm
Side&BackIndian Rosewood
List price¥880,000
Price (tax included)¥836,000

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