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 Ramírez 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 are a lot of extra 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 Ramírez states that this guitar is made in exactly the same fashion 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. Although a used guitar, it is in pristine condition with barely any signs of use.
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