José Ramirez II was the eldest son of José Ramirez I. He took over the Ramirez workshop in 1925 after living in South America for twenty years. At that time, there were four journeymen working in the Ramirez workshop: Alfonso Benito, Antonio Gomez, Marcelo Barbero and Manuel Rodriguez.Following his father’s tradition, José Ramirez II built guitars mainly on the “Guitarra de tablao” model: a very light and traditional form of small-bodied flamenco guitar. Due to the lack of high-quality materials, Ramirez II’s workshop mainly produced plain, inexpensive, but all the same adequate guitars. Nevertheless, good quality instruments for serious and demanding flamenco and classical musicians were also crafted there.
This instrument built in 1941 is a fantastic guitar that exemplifies and represents the special merit of the Ramirez workshop despite the difficult times during the Spanish Civil War. It is a simple yet attractive instrument which responds quickly to the right-hand attack with its bright, silvery, and voluminous tone. The spruce soundboard and Spanish cypress back and sides have several repaired cracks and have been refurnished. A rare opportunity to own and enjoy an instrument that is part of the exciting history of the legendary Ramirez dynasty.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
|Luthier:||José Ramirez II|
|Back and sides:||Cypress|
|Air body frequency:||F#/G|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|