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. The guitar 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 in the great recordings made by Segovia and Parkening from this time. It features lush CSA rosewood for the back and sides – quite a treat for the eyes. This guitar is stamped "AS" (Arturo Sanzano). For a complete list of Ramirez luthiers from this era, click here
. This guitar previously belonged to Rafael Paiva, a pupil of Raúl Borges and an intimate friend of Antonio Lauro, Alirio Díaz and Rodrigo Riera. Over many years this group of friends shared this guitar amongst themselves as the current condition attests (quite a bit of playing wear but no cracks or repairs of any kind). This is an excellent example of a top-sounding Ramirez with a great history.
A hardshell case is included with this guitar.
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