Helmut Hanika became a luthier after serving an apprenticeship with his grandfather, the important violin maker Anton Mayer. He started his own workshop in 1953. His son Armin Hanika joined the workshop in 1980, passed his master craftsman examinations in 1987 and has been running the shop since 1994. His family's goal since the outset has been to make classical guitars of the highest quality at reasonable prices. These guitars are quickly becoming our most popular guitars at their respective prices.
Armin Hanika Model 54 Baiersdorf, Germany, 2012
Model 54 combines impeccable craftsmanship with the usual beautiful Hanika aesthetic. Solid East Indian rosewood with a light satin finish on the soundboard of specially selected spruce or cedar. This is a very special guitar for the aspiring student.
$1750 including a strong Hanika gig bag or standard hardshell case.
Armin Hanika Model 56
The Hanilka model 56 is a superb instrument for the money. It features a very light satin lacquer finish on the soundboard and gloss lacquer finish everywhere else. The intention is to allow the top to "breathe" and flex for maximum tone production, as with traditional French polish, but using a more durable varnish.
The tone is rich and dark with a strong projection. Balance between the forceful bass notes and the smooth singing trebles is perfect. Top made of fine solid Canadian cedar with East Indian rosewood back and sides , ebony fingerboard and Spanish cedar neck. The quality engraved tuning machines are by Reubner.
Armin HANIKA Model 59SC
Baiersdorf, Germany, 2012
Western Red Cedar Soundboard, Santos Rosewood Back and Sides
Ebony fretboard with 650 string length
$ 4500 including Hiscox Pro case
This Hanika model 59SC has a very fine cedar soundboard and handsome Santos rosewood back and sides. An uncommon hexagonal rosette adorns the soundhole with a stylish flare.
The tone is crisp and deep as is to be expected from the high quality cedar top carefully arched and asymetrically braced to give optimum clarity.
There is also plenty of power, making this an excellent concert instrument
Armin HANIKA Model 58
Baiersdorf, Germany, 2012
Cedar or spruce Soundboard, East Indian rosewood back and sides
Ebony fretboard with 650 mm string length
$ 3200 including a Hiscox Pro case
This Hanika handmade classical guitar, model 58, is constructed with superb tight grained cedar or spruce for the soundboard and with great overall attention to detail. The result is a sonorous instrument with pure tone and perfect balance.
In every respect this model is exceptional for the price.
Armin Hanika Concert Model 60 PF
High grade Swiss spruce soundboard, crest-vaulted and asymetrically weighted
East Indian rosewood back and sides
650 mm string length, Savarez 500 ARJ strings
Ebony fingerboard with 20 frets, ebony reinforced Spanish cedar neck
Headstock open worked in the German master luthier style with 3-layer Macassar veneer, Irving Sloane tuners
Grenadill rosette, rosewood bridge with 12-hole tie block, backward-sloping bone saddle
Very thin top quality high gloss lacquer back and sides with a French polished soundboard
$4800 including Hiscox case
This is one of Hanika's top end guitars, a full toned instrument in the great German tradition. Enormous care and finesse are evident in its excellent workmanship. The woods are all selected for their superb qualities of both tone and visual beauty.
Its voice is clear and clarion like with long sustain and beautiful balance between bass and treble. The response is vigorous and obedient to the finest nuances of timbre, allowing the player to cover the entire dynamic range possible to a guitar, from delicate pianissimo to thunderous mezzo forte. This is an instrument truly suited to about any concert hall which will certainly satisfy most artists.