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Q&A: Upgrading a 1987 Hanika 18P

Could you please help me to compare Hanika guitar 18p from 1987 to one of the models you offer now?
To see what to look for in terms of an upgrade.

PB 1/2/2021

The 18P was made by Helmut Hanika who sadly died this winter [2020]. Helmut had stopped working in the business about 20 years ago, passing it on to his son Armin. In the last 20 years Armin has developed the range, but has not forgotten the lessons passed on by his father.

The 18P had a solid spruce soundboard with a satin finish and a solid Indian Rosewood back and sides with a polyester high gloss finish. It was a conventional 65cm scale with 52mm nut width.

There is no exact equivalent of the 18p in the current range. The closest is probably the Natural PF with its solid spruce soundboard and solid Indian rosewood back and sides.

The Natural PF has a matte finish compared with the 18P’s gloss finish (on the back and sides) but the Natural PF has much superior machine heads. In terms of wood quality the guitars are going to be close but it is well nigh impossible to say how the sound will compare. The woods are probably of similar quality but as wood ages it changes in tone.

If you wanted to upgrade to a similar spruce+rosewood model I would suggest a Hanika New Century Lattice, or a Hanika Natural Torres, or a Hanika Natural Lattice.

The latter 2 both have a matte finish (which makes them excellent value for money in terms of tone and sound quality) but both have versions with a gloss or even a french polish finish; have a look at the professional range here.

I hope this helps you get started – please do feel free to email or phone and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.