This guitar was built in the famous Jose Ramirez III
workshop, which for over half a century has produced instruments performed on by countless professionals from Sting to Segovia, Chet Atkins to Sabicas and Lee Ritenour to Christopher Parkening. It is very easy to play, with a lovely neck and easy action, despite the way many of the guitars from this period were set up. The tone is thick yet clear, and has that essential warm, mysterious and moody quality that made Ramirez famous. Condition is astounding for its age - there are barely even any signs of regular playing wear, and only one small (almost invisible from the outside) crack in the back, well-repaired long ago. Stamped initials internally are PC (Pedro Contreras Valbuena - For a complete list of Ramirez luthiers from this era, click here
). Of interesting historical note - this was built the very first year (1965) that Ramirez made cedar-tops available to the public.
For more information on Ramirez, be sure to read The Ramirez Family: Masters of the Guitar
, or for information on the Ramirez family members, from Amalia Ramirez back to Jose I
and for some interesting fact-checking on myths and facts about this legendary workshop