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1994 Jose Ramirez "1a Especial" CD/IN

Year 1994
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

Possibly one of the most played and known of any Spanish made guitar in history, the Ramirez 1a model continues to satisfy players as a truly outstanding performance instrument by any standard. Over the years, the Ramirez 1a models have come in a variety of "flavors" - this model, the "Especial" has all the standard features found in the regular 1a model but with one subtle difference - it is built with solid rosewood sides (as opposed to having the cypress lining found in the "Traditional" models) which gives a the tone a bit more clarity and brightness, particularly with the sound coming out of the box. Up until the mid-1960's this was standard for the regular Ramirez concert models. This difference will appeal to players especially looking for greater separation between voices but who still want the recognizable sound of Ramirez. This 1994 model is in great condition, with no damage or repairs, and only some normal wear on the body.

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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1994 Jose Ramirez "1a Especial" CD/IN

Twanguero performs his composition "Pampa" on a 1994 Jose Ramirez "1a Especial"

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