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José Ramirez 1a (made by Ignacio Rozas)

  • Year:

    1968 - number 3016. IM stamp on the heel slipper and signed by José Ramirez III on the label.

  • Body:

    South American rosewood - really fine timber with dark and rich colours with spider-webbing. Very high quality wood. The sides are lined with cypress.

  • Front:

    Canadian cedar - with one of the well-recognised rosettes.

  • Tuners:

    Fustero originals with engraved, brass side-plates and white, imitation mother-of-pearl buttons.

  • Scale:

    664mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    53mm at the nut

  • Condition:

    This guitar looks terrific with hardly any marks at all.
    The back, sides, neck and head are as originally made and with just a few nicks and marks, are in super, bright and shiny condition.
    There is a very small area, right at the bottom of the front where it looks like the guitar has been knocked, the bindings disturbed and a very localised crackline across the grain created. If the front has been re-polished, it has been done more than 20 years ago and probably at Ramirez because it appears to be the original urea formaldehyde lacquer and with the original colour and done extremely well. None of this affects the sound in any way and affects a very small area of the front. If we didn't highlight this, the vast majority of people would never find it.

  • Comments:

    Give most people a free choice of what period of Ramirez they would look for and the vast majority would say late 1960's and with Brazilian rosewood. This one was made by Ignacio Rozas, who like many Ramirez journeymen, became famous in his own right and is number 3016. This instrument has a clear treble that can also produce those golden tones so reminiscent of the Segovia soundworld; strong, clear and sustaining; just makes you want to play the music of Torroba, Ponce, Castelnuovo-Tedesco etc. So - a really fine, vintage Ramirez 1a, in very good, attractive condition and with the sound you would hope for.

    José Ramirez - Click here to find out more about this maker

  • Price:
    Sold April 2012.
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