Choosing a Hanika Customised Classical Guitar
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
- Nickel free frets
- AER and Shadow pickups/preamps
- Matte, gloss, French polish finishes (depends on model)
- 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.-----
* 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).
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