What the guitar press has to say
„Hahl New Orleans De Luxe – a superlative instrument“
“Akustik Gitarre”, Issue 6/2000, test report by Andreas Schulz
“The neck lies well in the hand and the guitarist immediately feels comfortable with this instrument. The fingerboard is fashioned from select grade ebony and the fretwork is absolutely perfect. The dressing of the frets, including their crowning, leaves nothing to be desired. The scalloped bracing is finely shaped and ideally placed through careful tap-toning. As in all aspects of the guitar, the bindings display exquisite workmanship. Stefan Hahl´s top steel string model comes in a honey blonde finish of thin, expertly applied and polished nitrocellulose lacquer. It lends the premium, beautiful woods an even richer perspective. Tasteful details and quality of workmanship make this guitar a true pleasure to behold and its superior playability and quick response a joy to play.
I was immediately struck by its unparalleled diverse tonal spectrum and dynamics. The overtone spectrum is unusually rich. Fullness and power characterize the bass strings without a trace of droning. The mids are delicately silky and the highs clear and vivid. Regardless of where on the neck the guitar is played, the high tones reach the listener with impact, which is a joy to fingerpickers, strummers as well as lead guitarists, who desire a soulful voice. The New Orleans De Luxe is suitable for any pace and willingly follows the guitarist’s lead.
Summary: Stefan Hahl’s New Orleans De Luxe is a superlative instrument in every respect. It represents the synthesis of skilled lutherie, expert choice of quality materials, workmanship and fantastic sound. With the New Orleans de Luxe, Stefan Hahl has clearly displayed his guitar building mastery.”