Classical Guitars PLUS

flamenco, cutaway and electro-nylon string,
small-size and left-handed classical guitars
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Choosing a Hanika Customised Classical Guitar

Hanika 56PC Classical Guitar - soundhole.
"My custom Hanika 58PF arrived three weeks ago... I have to say that I am delighted and I have no doubt that I have made a very good investment. The guitar has an elegant, simple design and soon displays its craftsmanship to any casual inspection. It has effortless power and volume and purity and clear separation in its tone. The first piece I played on the instrument was a Dowland pavane for lute and it was as if the guitar was made for this music. Even in the few weeks I have owned it the sound has matured and sweetened, the thought that it will continue to improve for years is the icing on the cake. I consulted you before ordering, as surgical reconstruction to my left hand and wrist following a climbing accident meant that playability was a key requirement. The resultant formula ( 64cm scale, radiused fingerboard and low action) was delivered immaculately by Hanika and this is without doubt and by some margin the most comfortable guitar to play that I have ever picked up. Thank you for your sound advice and my highest congratulations to the craftsmen and craftswomen at Hanika for their superb work. I know that I am at the start of a long love affair with this guitar and I look forward to making music together for many years to come."
Best regards, Mike Kiely. 12/12/2010

Hanika 58PC guitar built with 63cm scale, 50mm nut width, and radiused neck - nut.
50mm nut and radiused neck on a Hanika 58PC guitar.

Hanika 58PC and 50MC guitars built with options - scale, neck width, neck profile.
Hanika 58PC and 50MC guitars built with options: the 58PC has 63cm scale, 50mm nut width and radiused fingerboard; the 50MC has 64cm scale and 50mm nut width.

Armin Hanika is in my opinion one of the world's leading guitar makers. In a small family firm, a very enthusiastic team of highly skilled luthiers combine modern technology with traditional craft skills of the highest order to make a wonderful range of classical/nylon strung instruments.

Apart from its build standards, what makes this company so special are the custom options offered on all its models; this means you can order a guitar built to your exact requirements at a price unmatched elsewhere.

  • Choose a basic model - standard classical body shape, cutaway or flamenco
  • Decide soundboard wood
  • Decide scale length (long as well as short scales available)*
  • Decide neck width (wide as well as narrow options)
  • Decide fingerboard profile - flat or curved ("radiused" in steel-string guitar language)**
  • Decide neck profile - D or C shape, standard or minus 1mm or minus 2mm
  • Decide action

Other options include

  • Left-handed
  • Nickel free frets
  • AER and Shadow pickups/preamps
  • Matte, gloss, French polish finishes (depends on model)
  • Pickguards
  • NoWo intonation correcting scale

We have been partners with Hanika for some time now and are very happy to advise on how to combine the various options.

Please note that not every option is available on every guitar, although most are.

Typically 3 - 4 months build+delivery time on customised models.

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* A note on scale length.

Hanika will provide shorter scale lengths between 620mm and 640mm and does so on full-sized bodies. This is important because it means you do not get the same loss of volume and tone which results from the smaller bodies found on the majority of shorter-scale guitars.

** A note on curved fingerboards.

A curved ("radiused") fingerboard can offer the greater ease of play enjoyed by steel string and electric guitarists. Classical guitar purists may not approve but those finding that bar chords are holding back their enjoyment may feel quite otherwise! The size of the radius can be selected (although it is not advisable to have too much of a curve). Hanika recommends a curve which at the 12th fret menas that the fret ends are 1mm below a straight line drawn across the top of the centre of the fret. (this represents a quite large "radius" in acoustic/steel string guitar terms).

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We try to keep the entire range of Hanika guitars in stock at all times including a few sample customised instruments.

Customised Classical guitars by Armin Hanika - A catalogue of customised Hanika guitars we have had built for our customers

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Our Customers Write

"Marks out of ten for customer service? Somewhere, I suppose around forty seven! Thanks and all the best" John McLorinan 24/7/2012

"Thank you very much for a perfect buying experience. I will certainly tell my guitar playing friends about you" Ian 25/2/2016

"Thank you for all your help in getting the right guitar - We'll definitely buy from you again" Nav, 4/2/2016

"Faultless service" John 4/2/2016

"Dealing with you has been a real pleasure from beginning to end. I keep being impressed by how responsive & helpful you are" Gwennael France, 21/2/2013.

"Many thanks for your real old fashioned excellent service! Best," Rupert Latimer, 19/12/2012

"Dear Nicholas ... I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a brilliant and efficient service, delivered with knowledge, kindness and a personal touch ... Kind regards, Mike Farrant", 10/7/2012

"I want to thank you for the wonderful service. Correspondence has always been very swift and pleasant, and in a good sense not at all "business-like". Also extra thanks for the special attention to us lefty players" Patrik Nummi 16/12/2011

"Hi Nicholas thanks for everything, one does not usually get such caring business relations" Best, Massimo 15/12/2011

"I found your service exemplary" ER 5/12/2012

"Your expertise and advice is invaluable in helping customers make the right purchase. Thank you!" Kyle Davies, 4/7/2011

"Your customer service is super" Roberto Cassani, 10/11/2010

"Thanks for your going the extra mile. I will certainly recommend you to all" Chris Hayter 19/10/2007

"Thanks for all your help" Ian Harding, Suffolk, 25/9/2006.

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Delivery Charges and Orders Outside the Mainland UK

Delivery throughout the mainland UK on orders over £10 is free. If you are not in the mainland UK, please phone (+44 (0)1363 881174) or email for delivery charges to your location - please tell us what you want to buy as well as your full postal address. Alternatively just place your order using our secure checkout and we will email you with delivery costs - and we will not take payment until you reply confirming your order. Orders delivered outside Europe and to the Channel Islands are free of VAT.

20 October 2017