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 first rate materials, including a striking set of figured CSA rosewood for the back and sides. It has no cracks anywhere however it does appear that at one time the bridge had been off and re-glued, which caused a couple of small hairline cracks in the varnish (which do not go into the wood). There is also a dinged area behind the high-E string at the bridge. Other than these minor cosmetic issues it is in great condition for its age. Overall a great example of a fine Ramirez for either collector or concert player.
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