1897 Jose Ramirez I SP/CY

Details

Year: 1897 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: Cypress Scale Length: 625 mm
Nut Width: 50 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: Spain Condition: Very Good
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus

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ITEM: 06754

Background

From the Russell Cleveland collection. Featured on pages 20-21 of the book "The Classical Guitar - A Complete History."

Description

This is a beautiful, smaller sized cypress guitar from the shop of Jose Ramirez I and was built at a time when Jose I had been an independent guitar maker for 15 years (his workshop was established in 1882). Aesthetically the guitar shows the strong influence of his teacher, Francisco Gonzalez - particularly in the head shape, wide (and ornately decorated) rosette, and pointed bridge. It has had a number of repairs, primarily to the soundboard and an inlay on the back, and yet the sound and playability is all still there - absolutely charming and elegant in every way. This instrument was one that Russell Cleveland was particularly fond of, and was prominently featured on the cover of the hardbound cover of the book "The Classical Guitar - A Complete History."


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