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1974 Jose Ramirez "2a MT" CD/IN

Year 1974
Top Cedar
Back & Sides Indian Rosewood
Scale Length 664 mm
Nut width 53 mm
Finish Lacquer
Country Spain
Luthier Jose Ramirez III
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Description

This instrument was built in 1974 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. The "2a" models are pretty much identical to the standard "1a" in all ways, the Ramirez shop claimed back in the day that the lower price tag was due to either using materials that may have minor aesthetic blemishes, such as small knots, or what in Spain are called "cocas" (darker areas of resin concentration in the grain), or if they were built by an apprentice and not a foreman. However, after many decades of discussion, many players and aficionados have concluded that a great 2a can be identical to a great 1a. This instrument in fact is stamped internally with the number "2" designating the great Mariano Tezanos (MT) as its builder.

This guitar was donated to our non-profit charitable organization, the GSI Foundation. Guitar sales through the GSI Foundation raise money to directly benefit music education in public schools. Feel free to contact us for more information.

It has 3 well-repaired cracks in the soundboard including one crack below the bridge, and two alongside the side of the fingerboard. GV Rubio recently repaired these with cleats, and refinished the top. Otherwise it is in excellent, ready-to-play condition. It sounds great, exactly like a classic Ramirez right from this period should - that famous tone that is thick yet clear, having that essential warm, mysterious and moody quality that made Ramirez famous. An excellent players guitar, this one also boasts a slightly smaller nut width at 53mm, rather than the usual 54mm that some players find a bit difficult. Simply put, easy to play and great sounding.

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.

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