1998 Jose Ramirez "1a Especial" SP/IN
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This guitar was built in the famous Jose Ramirez
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.
Over the years, the Ramirez 1a models have come in a variety of "flavors" - this model, the "Especial" has all the standard features found in the regular 1a model but with one subtle difference - it is built with solid rosewood sides (as opposed to having the cypress lining found in the "Traditional" models) which gives a the tone a bit more clarity and brightness, particularly with the sound coming out of the box. Up until the mid-1960's this was standard for the regular Ramirez concert models. This difference will appeal to players especially looking for greater separation between voices but who still want the recognizable sound of Ramirez. This 1998 model is in great condition, with no damage or repairs, and only normal and minimal playing wear for its age.
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