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April 12, 2011

Ramirez Workshop Luthiers

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:

MAG – Manuel Alonso Gimenez: Although these were his initials, he ever never used them. He used a number instead.

PC – Cayetano Alvarez Luna: He didn’t use his own initials. When he made guitars he used Pedro Contreras’ initials PC.

JLA – José Luis Alvarez Mariblanca

Paulino Bernabe Almendariz

CB – Carlos Blanco Pena: Although these were his initials, he ever never used them. He used a number instead.

EB – Enrique Borreguero Marcos: Although these were his initials, he ever never used them. He used a number instead.

MC – Manuel Caceres Pizarro

MG – Manuel Gonzales Contreras (from 1959-1962)

AC – Alfonso Contreras Valbuena

PC – Pedro Contreras Valbuena: He shared his initials with Cyetano Alvarez

JF – José Flores Duro

JG – Juan Garcia Rey

PJ – Pedro Jimenez Posadas

José Lopez Cubillo

CLL – Carmelo Llerena Martinez

MM – Miguel Malo Martinez

FM – Felix Manzanero

Pedro Manzanero Cabrera: He didn’t use initials because he never made guitars. He cannot be considered a disciple of Ramirez when it comes to building guitars, only when speaking of bandurrias and lutes.

IM – Ignacio Manzano Rozas

AM – Antonio Martinez Ortega

JM – Julian Moraga Rodriguez: Although these were his initials, he ever never used them. He used a number instead.

FM – Fernando Morcuende De Cruz

Ramón Peñalver Soler

GP – (Goya) Pérez Mariblanca

Manuel Rodriguez Fernandez: He is not a disciple of José Ramirez III. He was a workmate, and he left the workshop before Ramirez III unveiled all of his innovations. It is better to say that he was a disciple of José Ramirez II.

JR – José Romero Garrido

AS – Arturo Sanzano Moreno

MTC – Mariano Tezanos Castro: He also used the initials MT, but he inverted the “T” in order to distinguish himself from his father.

MT – Mariano Tezanos Martín

O (JER) – José Ramirez IV: Normally he doesn’t use initials. When he began building, he used the letter “O” on some guitars. When he does use initials, they would be “JER”.

AR – Amalia Ramirez: She does not use initials on her guitars yet. When she does, they would be “AR.”.

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