Jose Ramirez III (1966)

Jose Ramirez III (1966)

JUST SOLD An historical instrument 1a model by the legendary luthier Jose Ramirez III. He was born in 1922, son of Jose II and died in Madrid 1975 aged 73. His guitars are mostly famous for the use of red cedar tops (when all other makers were still using spruce) and the great player Andres Segovia who favoured his Ramirez guitars above all others. Jose told George Clinton in 1974 'I make sure that everything is done exactly as I want' - this shows here with the choice of woods and care taken in the construction.

This guitar was made at the same time Segovia played his ultimate 1a model with the extra scale length. However, this one is the standard 660mm, so more comfortable for most!

The sound is still clear and strong despite its age, with that sweet timbre common to Ramirez guitars. There are no cracks. Over the years the guitar has collected numerous knocks and nail markings but there is still plenty of professional use left in the instrument. Obviously, there is wear at playing points such as the neck and above the treble strings. I have close up pictures of these.... There is a personal label inscription inside the guitar to be seen with a mirror.

A very fine guitar to play that can only go up in value. Must be viewed.

With a newer Hiscox hard case.

  • Solid red cedar
  • Brazilian rosewood (pre CITES)
  • Cedar neck
  • 660mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • 6 fan bars plus treble harmonic bar
  • 1.71kg
  • Fustero machines
  • Upper bout 28cm
  • Lower bout 37cm
  • G body resonance


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