1969 Jose Ramirez "1a AM" CD/CSAR (ex Andres Segovia)


Year: 1969 Top: Cedar
Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood Scale Length: 664 mm
Nut Width: 54 mm Finish: Lacquer
Country: Spain Condition: Excellent
Case: Yes


ITEM: 06706


From the Russell Cleveland collection. Featured on pages 55-57 of the book "The Classical Guitar - A Complete History."


Stamped internally "AM" (designating that it was constructed by Ramirez worker Antonio Martinez), this is one of the primary instruments the great Andres Segovia owned and played from 1969 until 1980, as documentation from Jose Ramirez III attests (in translation): "...the classical guitar number 3.339...was habitually played by maestro Segovia in his concerts, during 1969 and successive years". This instrument has been with us now at GSI for several months and we've had the pleasure to show it to several leading concert players, aficionados and lovers of the guitar. Response to it has been overwhelming and unanimous - it is not just a transcendent Ramirez, it's a transcendent musical instrument that happens to be a guitar, and all of this regardless of its provenance (although the provenance is fantastic of course). It is such a rare privilege to have an instrument of this caliber and historical value that we held the guitar back from sale for several months to show it to the public, players, luthiers and aficionados, and to document it with several videos and recordings. It has now been sold, however the new owner has generously allowed us to keep it here at GSI to wrap up the last few projects, including the recording of Scott Tennant's next CD - currently scheduled for summer of 2016.

Testimonials from some of the players who recorded on this Ramirez.
Feature article in "Classical Guitar" Magazine.
Feature article in "Guitar Aficionado" Magazine.

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