2004 Jose Ramirez "1aF 656" CD/CY
|Back & Sides||Cypress|
|Scale Length||656 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
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.
This model is the top-of-the-line flamenco model which is suitable for both performance on a concert stage and for traditional flamenco playing with dancers and percussionists. It is a very lively instrument with excellent playability and volume; and has an authentic Spanish sound with a lot of bite, making it one of our favorite choices for the serious flamenco guitarist. This guitar has a cedar top which although rare for flamencos, gives the guitar extra volume and a deeper mid-range. Actually, Ramirez have been making cedar blanca's since the mid 1960's when they first introduced cedar for soundboards. Manolo Sanlucar is perhaps the most well known flamenco guitarist to play a Ramirez cedar-top. Although a used instrument from 2004, it's in perfect structural condition (no cracks or repairs) with only some normal playing wear in the finish and some dings behind the bridge.
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.