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José Tomás Pérez Sellés (born in Alicante, 26 August 1934 – 7 August 2001) was a Spanish classical guitarist and teacher. Considered a major influence on the evolution of classical guitar technique in the second half of the 20th century, he trained many guitarists from all over the world.
José Luis Romanillos Vega was born in Madrid in 1932 and at thirteen years of age he was apprenticed to a Madrid cabinetmaking firm. In 1956 he moved to England to work in a hospital in Epsom and a few months later, he transferred to a hospital in London. Five years after his move to England, he made his first Spanish guitar in London, a city foreign to his native roots.
Orfeo Magazine published a feature article in their spring issue and 5th publication, which highlights the story of master luthier José Luis Romanillos who builds out of his workshop in Guijosa, Spain. Providing rich details about Antonio de Torres’ influence on Romanillos’ building style, as well as the impact Segovia’s 1913 Manuel Ramirez and Bream’s 1936 Hermann Hauser had as templates for Romanillos’ own guitars, this issue overshadows these influences with the Spanish luthier’s grand philosophy as a builder. Romanillos’ aesthetic approach is further presented very nicely as we’re informed about how his rosettes are influenced by mosque columns in Córdoba among other details. Click here to see the full issue of Orfeo.
The Jose Ramirez Auditorio may be the perfect example of old-world meets new. The Auditorio is essentially a Ramirez 1a, but with a modern nomex-sandwich top for more power and projection, along with a slightly raised fingerboard and a 20th fret. We currently have three Auditorios on sale – one in cedar and Indian rosewood, one in cedar and CSA rosewood, and a cedar and Indian ‘Auditorio de Camara’ – all at fantastic prices as part of our Ramirez sale.
Here’s a word from Amalaia Ramirez about the Auditorio model:
The Ramirez Family: Masters of the Guitar
text by Marco Bazzotti photos from the Ramirez archive
The great adventure of the Spanish ancient luthier dynasty. The protagonists, the techniques and the secret of a legend born in Madrid more than one hundred years ago. Here the history of their success.
Beautiful, elegant and thoroughly Spanish. A dream for the passionate and a virtual necessity for the musician that performs in public. Thanks to the high standards of construction and to the adherence to traditional techniques it has been able to conquer a corner of the market, making it the envy of many other brands. We are speaking of the Ramirez guitar. If the cliche “Spanish guitar” has become inseparable with the six-stringed instrument, enlivening a two-word phrase with historical significance, comparable to the phrases “Neapolitan mandolin” or “French horn”, it is even more valid for guitarists to speak of the dynasty of the guitarreros Ramirez, a name that for more than a century has been the exemplar for the most prestigious signatures in guitar construction.
Ramirez Workshop Luthiers
We are often asked what the intials in the Ramirez Guitars represent. The following is a list of luthiers of the Ramirez workshop and their intials:
Amalia Ramírez was born in Madrid in October 1955, daughter to José Ramírez III. She joined the workshop at age 21, learning the craft alongside her brother, José Ramírez IV. After a few years of absence, she returned to help her brother run the shop. Being as creative as she is resourceful, she was at first in charge of the administration and marketing, but eventually took over the workshop itself.
In May 1963, Voormann Klaus, a German of 25 fond of music and photography, was in Madrid, stopping in his journey back to Hamburg, where he lived.
He had spent several holidays in the family home that his parents owned in Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife) together with a German friend, Astrid Kirchherr, and three musicians from Liverpool that he had met 3 years earlier, in Hamburg. They were Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Voormann Klaus decided to buy a Spanish guitar. Therefore he went into the Ramírez Guitar shop located in Concepción Jerónima, 2.