2003 Jose Ramirez "Centenario" CD/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
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This guitar was built in the famous Jose Ramirez 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.
"Centenario" means 100 years, and here it represents the 100 year anniversary of guitar making of the Ramirez family. The guitar is made from the workshop's finest materials which they have collected over many, many years. The tops are the 1st pick of the 1st class soundboards. The same goes for the rosewood back and sides. As you can see from the photos, there is a significant amount of additional detailing on this model including a sculpted heel cap, boxwood inlay in the headstock, tapered ebony on the back of the neck, ending in a "rosewood bouquet" on the back of the headstock, as well as extremely intricate wood inlays in the purfling and rosette. Tuners are Rodgers. Although Ramirez state that this guitar is made in with the same dimensions, proportions, etc. as the other 1a models, our experience is that these are the best guitars made by the workshop, bar none. Great power, beauty of sound and wonderfully easy to play, with a lovely neck and easy action. The tone is thick yet clear, and has that essential warm, mysterious and moody quality that made Ramirez famous. Although a previously owned instrument, it has barely and signs of playing wear and is in fantastic condition.
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.