1905 Jose Ramirez I


Make: Jose Ramirez I
Model: Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1905
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: European maple
Scale: 650mm
Nut: 53mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Deluxe Tuners
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Very Good
Location: Tucson
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1905 Jose Ramirez I

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1905 Jose Ramirez I

13,000.00

Make: Jose Ramirez I
Model: Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1905
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: European maple
Scale: 650mm
Nut: 53mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Deluxe Tuners
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Very Good
Location: Tucson
Commission sale

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José Ramirez Planell (1858-1923)  and his brother Manuel (1864-1916) were the founders of the Ramirez dynasty of guitar makers that came to define the Madrid School.  When José was just 12, he was apprenticed to Francisco González (1818c-1880c). In 1882,  José opened his own workshop in the Rastro ofMadrid, on Cava Baja-- a street that runs along what was the moot around the old city, and his brother Manuel in as an apprentice. In 1890 José moved his shop to Concepcion Jerónimo 2where it remained for over a hundred years. Around 1890, Manuel decided to go out on his own. Initially, the plan was for Manuel to go Paris, and José helped him make preparations, but instead of going to Paris, Manuel opened a workshop in Madrid on the Plaza de Santa Ana. José felt so betrayed that they never spoke again. While Manuel became the more illustrious of the two brothers, Jose was awarded a gold medal for his guitars at the Logroño exposition in 1897. This concert guitar of José Ramirez from 1905 is a worthy instrument, and shows that like his younger brother he was a highly talented luthier, one that perhaps has been unrated. The guitar has a wonderful tone: lovely rich and profound basses. Its lyrical trebels sing sweetly. Even after more than 100 years it has good sustain,power, and projection. The setup is comfortable. Like most guitar of this age it has its share of repaired cracks, but remains structurally sound-- and a gem that player would enjoy, and any collector would prize.