2021 Annette Stephany CD/AR
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This is a very exciting instrument that we originally received in 2021 from Annette who told us that this instrument is a slightly modified Manuel Ramirez model based on the original from 1910 owned by Annette’s mentor, Lorenzo Frignani. The soundboard is cedar and for the back and sides, Annette chose African rosewood. For the bracing, Annette used a 7+2 symmetrical system copied from the aforementioned Ramirez. Compared to the original, the sides are a little higher, the back is slightly more curved and the saddle is inlaid into the fingerboard – just like in Annette’s other guitars. Annette has also come up with a new rosette design with pearl ornaments and decorations kept in naturally fitting colors (green and brown). This design came to Annette’s mind when she was browsing through several photos of Santos Hernández guitars. Annette’s familiarity with Frignani’s original Ramirez guitar has proven advantageous in capturing the spirit of Manuel Ramirez guitars – a very natural, earthy quality of sound, lightly built which gives it a very quick, explosive attack, and rich warm sound with a lot of body. It also has great clarity/separation of voices and a surprising amount of volume. Although used, it is in excellent condition with only minor wear in the finish. This is a very versatile instrument which would be suitable for any style of music, for solo playing, or in ensemble.Photos taken during construction of this guitar