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.
In the early 1990's, Amalia Ramirez and her brother Jose IV traveled to New York City to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and see the famous guitar handcrafted in the workshop of Manuel Ramirez - the very guitar given to Andres Segovia in 1912. They studied, measured, and photographed the guitar extensively, with the intent of creating a reproduction. After several years of preparation, the first guitar was unveiled in 2003. The result is a spectacular instrument, handcrafted in the spirit of the old world, where charm, elegance of tone and great attention to aesthetic beauty were the highest virtues. Only 30 instruments were built over the next 5 years, this one being #14 from 2006. Being a limited edition model, each was built with only the finest materials and highest degree of workmanship. Although used, this guitar is in excellent condition with no damage or repairs, only some minor and respectful wear in the finish.
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