1966 Jose Ramirez "1a MT" CD/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||664 mm|
|Nut width||54 mm|
|Luthier||Jose Ramirez III|
The tone of this guitar has that classic, identifiable Ramirez sound from this era - a rich, thick and yet clear voice throughout, and has that essential warm, mysterious and moody quality that made Ramirez famous. Stamped initials internally are MT (Mariano Tezanos), who along with AM (Antonio Martinez) was the most sought-after of the Ramirez makers (For a complete list of Ramirez luthiers from this era, click here), particularly due the fondness Segovia had for his 1968 MT, arguably his favorite Ramirez. There are three small, hairline cracks in the top that were expertly repaired with small cleats and cloth patch - both in areas not affected by sound (near the edge of the top where the bouts join and under the fingerboard). Otherwise it is a striking and bold example of a top Ramirez from their golden era.
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.