1968 Jose Ramirez "1a AS" RW/CSAR


Year: 1968 Top: Redwood
Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood Scale Length: 664 mm
Nut Width: 53 mm Finish: Lacquer
Country: Spain Condition: Excellent
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus


ITEM: 06787


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. It is very easy to play, with a lovely neck and easy action, despite the way many of the guitars from this period were set up. The tone is thick yet clear, and has that essential warm, mysterious and moody quality that made Ramirez famous. It features a beautiful piece of redwood for the top - dark red-brown in color with a three-dimensional shimmer as it reflects light. The CSA rosewood for the back and sides is of the highest grade, quarter-sawn with sapwood highlights in the center. Overall a majestic instrument to the eye. Condition is excellent, having had some very conservative repairs to two hairline top cracks and 1 back crack. Stamped on the inside by "AS" (Arturo Sanzano), whose daughter Marisa, still works for Ramirez today (For a complete list of Ramirez luthiers from this era, click here).

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.

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