The Ramirez family has been building fine, high-quality guitars since 1882. Their instruments have been and are still played by some of the world’s greatest guitarists, such as Julian Bream, Andres Segovia, Laurindo Almeida, Oscar Ghiglia, Jose Luis Gonzales, and many others. Thus, the Ramirez dynasty, now spanning five generations, is an essential element in the history of classical guitar making. It began with Jose Ramirez I (1858-1923), who trained many guitar makers in his workshop in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among these illustrious luthiers are Enrique Garcia, Julian Gomez Ramirez, Antonio Viudes, and many others. They were followed by José Ramirez II (1885-1957), José Ramirez III (1922-1995), José Ramirez IV (1953 – 2000) and Amalia Ramirez (1955 – present).
This absolute classic José Ramirez 1A was built in 2004 in the legendary Madrilean workshop, under the guidance of Amalia Ramirez, the fifth generation of the Ramirez Dynasty. It has a cedar soundboard and Indian rosewood back and sides, a timeless combination making for a warm, powerful and rich sound. A pleasing feature is the 65 cm scale, which contrasts with the more demanding 66,4 cm scale of the 60s and 70s models, making this guitar a comfortable instrument with a genuine Spanish tone. Condition-wise, this guitar is close to flawless, with very scarce playing marks, original Fustero tuners, and an optimal playing setup.
|Back and sides:||Indian rosewood|
|Air resonance frequency:||G#|