I have to agree with everything David said above. My Hippner has some mild finish issues which I consider inconsequential given the sound and volume of my Hauser model. If you order a standard model directly from Hippner, he even offers a 30 day trial period. If it's of any consequence, my teacher loves my new guitar.David_Norton wrote:I've owned several Hippners, and still have two. He makes a very good guitar for the price. One caveat, which is well-established, is that his finish work is often weak. Both the ones I still own have serious cosmetic issues. So do the guitars I own built by other makers, which were wonderful until I played them for a few weeks and changed strings and so on.
If you want a shiny visually stunning piece of furniture, you'll likely be unhappy with Hippner. If you want a very good sounding hand-made instrument for a fair price, you'll be pleased.
I didn't see that you're a luthier. I'm sure you can figure out what I'm babbling about.jake39 wrote:On the three that I looked at there were blotchy spots in the french polish on the soundboard that were clearly visible. It probably would have to be sanded down then reapplied and blended in those areas(I'm definitely talking above my pay grade)but instead he lets them go and discounts them. And the person that was showing them to me mentioned that there was not enough filler applied to the back and sides(again check with a luthier) to fill in the porous rosewood so it looked kind of pock marked . Again I'm not trained as a luthier or french polisher but these inconsistencies were easily visible to the untrained eye.
That's his old website. the newer one (Spring 2012) is here:bear wrote:I would like some opinions regarding the various styles of Hippner Guitars. http://www.hippnerclassicalguitars.com/ ... itars.html Click on models classical. My interest in Hippner is that they offer a 640mm at a reasonable price.
In general, the less finish the better - that's why a lot of makers french polish shellac, which goes on ultra thin. As Scott says, it really only need to protect the wood.pellkartoffel wrote:I know nothing about this but have been reading with interest. So I wonder if it would be possible to "outsource" the finishing off a guitar? Does the finish affect sound much, so that it would be important that someone who understands the luthier "vision" for the guitar does it, or is it something a skilled worker who maybe is a paygrade or two below a luthier do this? Just wondering if that might be a way to increase efficiency.