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.
We are very happy to say that the current range and variety of concert Ramirez guitars are among the best we've seen from them in many years. They are truly outstanding performance instruments by any standard. This is the newest model in the line, called the "Auditorio" model - essentially the famous "1a", but featuring a modern 'double top' (a "nomex-sandwich") soundboard design. While the tone itself is still classic Ramirez, the "Auditorio" adds tremendous power, projection and response in all registers. It also features a slightly elevated fingerboard with a 20th fret and unique headstock design. A truly explosive and fun guitar to play, and a perfect compromise between traditional and modern. Additionally, it is also a "da camara" model which features a wooden "shelf" attached to the sides of the interior of the guitar, which extends the entire perimeter of the plantilla. The original idea, as developed by Jose Ramirez III, was as a technique to clean the guitar up of any "wolf" tones. Indeed Ramirez was satisfied that the da camara assisted in this effort but also claimed that it enhanced the power and clarity of the instrument. Many players have debated the effects of this element but in the end, everyone agrees that these are great instruments! And we would say this is true of this very fine "Auditorio".
In the words of Amalia Ramirez:
The Auditorio guitar was born, as a project, in 2006, when we made the fist prototypes. I was making my experiments with the called double top using nomex, and I knew that the first luthier who ever started using this material was Gernot Wagner. For this reason I contacted him, and he was very kind helping me since the very beginning to let me know how to work with it. He even came to my workshop to make a top with us. After this,my guitar makers and me have been making some changes to adapt this system to our own criteria, techniques and design, until we got what we were looking for.
The double top helps get a better projection and sustain. However, it does not improve the quality. If the guitar has a good sound, then it will give it more power, but if the sound of the guitar is not good, then it will be more powerful but with a poor sound.
My intention was to keep the personality of Ramírez guitars, and we have really done it, so we have the sweetness, depth and richness, as well as the balanced sound that is characteristic of Ramirez, adding more power, wideness and sustain. The best things of our guitars are even more noticeable with this new technique. It takes much more work, because building a double top is very delicate and takes a long time, but it is well worth the effort.