Supreme Nylon String

A guitar with a full acoustic body, big volume and unique tonal qualities.

This guitar is just what guitarists, who love both the sound of nylon strings and archtop guitars, are looking for.

Key features:

Nylon string acoustic archtop guitar

  • 17-inch body
  • Exquisite top, hand-carved from 60-year carefully aged, workshop seasoned European Alp spruce
  • Solid, flamed European maple back and sides
  • Slotted headstock
  • Three-piece maple neck with French walnut core
  • Rosewood bindings
  • Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone inlays
  • Ebony tailpiece with Brazilian rosewood overlay
  • 650 mm scale
  • Neck widths (at the nut) available in 45, 48, 52 mm
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Gold-plated Schaller tuning machines with ebony tuner buttons
  • Neck joins body at the 14th fret
  • 22 medium frets
  • D-shaped neck profile
  • High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish

What Stefan Hahl has to say about this model:

“This model originated as a special design for a customer. The idea was to build a nylon-stringed acoustic archtop guitar with the volume and sustain of a classical guitar and the typical assertion of an archtop, which is no easy task! After a great deal of thought, research and well-meant suggestions from my American and European colleagues, all of who were of the opinion that such a combination would not produce satisfactory results, I couldn’t resist the challenge and decided to make an attempt.

To begin, I closely examined and compiled all of the known principles and techniques of archtop, flattop and classical guitar building, developing a concept and then a plan. As I neared completion, my anticipation steadily grew. Once the guitar was finished and strung, the decisive moment came. I played the guitar in my exhibition room, comparing it with archtop and classical guitars. I played various styles, including classical, jazz and blues – both fingerstyle and with a pick. My immediate conclusion was that I would prefer to keep the guitar for myself! The instrument had a truly unbelievable, wonderful personality. Volume, sustain, an assertive, beautiful and dynamically formable tone, elegant and yet powerful – every imaginable quality was present!

However, the true test remained: What would the customer say? Without betraying my opinion, I waited for his response with suspense. Upon seeing the guitar, his first reaction was: ‘Its beauty exceeds my expectations!’ The longer he played, the brighter his face became and his final statement was: ‘Its exactly what I wanted – a wonderful instrument!

Ever since that moment, the Jazz Supreme Nylon String has had a permanent place in my range of archtop guitars.”