José Ramirez III’s guitars gained an international reputation during the 1960s through Andrés Segovia and his many students. Starting from 1965, J. Ramirez started to develop a new instrument built with a “Western Red Cedar” top and featuring doubled sides (rosewood and cypress). This revolutionary new way to build guitars and the use of this new material spread in the guitar world very quickly, as Andrés Segovia played several J. Ramirez III as his main concert instruments. Segovia played four instruments for a lengthy period of time [1962 (but dated 1963), spruce, 1965, 1967, 1969 (all three cedar)], and Christopher Parkening, his American student, is still enthusiastically speaking about the 1967 “Bach guitar” built by M. Tezanos. The generally used scale length of the Ramirez guitars of this time was 66,5 cm and the fretboard was slightly arched.
This guitar was built in 1971 and has a cedar top and stunning CITES-certified Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The ample basses are very strong, warm and responsive. The balance between bass and treble is excellent and the sympathetic resonances are supporting the mediums to give a very complete instrument. The guitar is in near original mint condition with only a very few superficial playing marks. Altogether, the original condition of this guitar and its beautiful sound makes it very interesting for both players and collectors. The tuning machines are made by Fustero. The original hard-shell case is included.
|Luthier:||José Ramirez III|
|Back and sides:||Brazilian rosewood|