1936 Julian Gomez Ramirez SP/CSAR

Details

Year: 1936 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood Scale Length: 654 mm
Nut Width: 52 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: France Condition: Good
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus

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ITEM: 06747

Background

From the Russell Cleveland collection. Featured on pages 42-43 of the book "The Classical Guitar - A Complete History."

Description

Julian Gomez Ramirez (1879-1943) was born in Madrid and worked for the early part of his career in the Jose Ramirez I (and possibly Manuel Ramirez) workshops - and was not related to either by blood, despite their same last names. Gomez Ramirez ended up moving eventually to Paris where in the early 1920's he set up his shop at 38 Rodier in the Anvers district. The presence of a Spanish builder in Paris turns out to have been a pivotal moment in guitar history - indeed Robert Bouchet met him in 1936 (the same year this guitar was made), and bought a Gomez Ramirez in 1938 that would greatly influence his aesthetic and structural approach to guitar making when he would eventually build his first guitar in 1946. Gomez Ramirez also attracted the attention of several top Parisian guitar players - including none other than Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya who both played Gomez Ramirez instruments.

This is a traditionally-made, lightweight guitar, obviously in the Spanish style. Notable features include the simple rosette of concentric rings and the experimental tuning machines, which are individually separate (and not part of the same sideplate), and feature enclosed gearing, made by Selmer and orginally developed by Mario Maccaferri. They remain in fine working order to this day. The guitar has had a number of cracks to the top, back and sides repaired over the years but it still retains refined sound and plays well. Although Gomez Ramirez is considered to be of great historical importance, his instruments rarely appear on the market, so we are thrilled to have this instrument for sale.


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