1900's Manuel Ramirez SP/CY
|Back & Sides:
The Manuel Ramirez shop is undoubtedly the most important workshop of the early turn-of-the-century, post-Torres era of guitar making. Manuel Ramirez (1864-1916) committed himself to ensuring the survival of the “Torres” design into the 20th century (and beyond). With his vision and determination, coupled with a shop assembled of the finest builders alive at the time (including none other than Santos Hernandez, Domingo Esteso, Modesto Borreguero, Pascual Viudes and very likely Enrique Garcia), he successfully produced great instruments that secured the legacy of Torres for all future generations of guitar makers. This particular guitar is a perfect example of the style and sound that had such a profound impact on its listeners and players. It's a small-bodied instrument with deep basses, golden and vibrant trebles, and rich textures of sound interwoven with the clear, bell-like fundamentals. The guitar certainly shows signs of use, and has had some well-done repairs over the years, but it is in stable and playable condition.