This guitar was built in the famous Jose Ramirez III
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. This is a "gold label" Ramirez, which is identical to the standard 1a models in all ways, with the exception of using materials that may have minor aesthetic blemishes, such as small knots, or what in Spain are called "cocas" (darker areas of resin concentration in the grain). The tone and workmanship are first class - indeed this very instrument was built by Felix Manzanero as attested by the "FM" stamp on the inside of the heel (For a complete list of Ramirez luthiers from this era, click here
). The guitar offers a sound that is on par with the best that the Ramirez workshop has to to offer. It is very easy to play, with a lovely neck and easy action. The tone is thick yet clear, and has that essential warm, mysterious and moody quality that made Ramirez famous.
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