Manuel Ramirez of Arlaban 10, Madrid.

  • Year:

    1902 - segunda epoca. Labelled and dated by the maker.

  • Body:

    Rosewood of uncertain species - (Indian?), dark and straight-grained with simple maple or box purfling and rosewood bindings.
    Body length:- 459mm.
    Top bout:- 251 mm wide & 78 mm deep.
    Waist:- 215 mm & 79 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 338 mm wide & 78 mm deep.
    Shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    European spruce - a well-quartered top, quite wide-grained except in the centre. The rosette and purfling is a pattern of alternating pearl elements and crosses; the purfling is particularly lovely. The long, slender bridge is rosewood with bone-capped tie-block capping.
    The front has seven fan-struts, no bridge plate or bar and slim closing bars at the bottom.

  • Tuners:

    Original tuning machines of unknown manufacture with geometric patterned side-plates and round bone buttons.

  • Scale:

    63.5 cm with 19 frets on a rosewood fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    50mm at the nut with 41mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1005 grams

  • Condition:

    This guitar was made 115 years ago and the fact that it exists in playable condition today is remarkable.
    The back is in very good condition with just three short, feint cracks down at the bottom.
    The sides have some harmless, longitudinal cracks that have been cleated.
    The front has cleated cracks on the treble side and a shorter one down on the bass side that is fixed with traditionally-glued fabric.

  • Comments:

    The guitars from Manuel Ramirez from the 1880's onwards are well-famed. The form of them in terms of body shape and depth, decoration and scale length is very varied.
    This guitar is very light with a shallow body giving a deep sound - almost like those guitars with a tornovoz. The middle range and treble are sweet and rounded.

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  • Price:
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