c.1906 Manuel Ramirez


Make: Manuel Ramirez
Model: Maple flamenco guitar
Model Year: c.1906
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: European maple
Scale: 635mm
Nut: 50mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Ebony Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Tucson

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c.1906 Manuel Ramirez

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c.1906 Manuel Ramirez

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Make: Manuel Ramirez
Model: Maple flamenco guitar
Model Year: c.1906
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: European maple
Scale: 635mm
Nut: 50mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Ebony Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Tucson

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Manuel Ramirez is remembered for his gift of a fabulous guitar to a young Andrés Segovia in 1912, one that he used for the next twenty-five years of his career. Manuel was born in Alhama de Aragón in the province of Zaragosa in 1864, the son of a master carpenter who worked for a developer in the Salamanca district of Madrid. He learned the craft of guitar making from his brother José, who had apprenticed with Francisco Gonzalez. Around 1890, Manuel decided to go out on his own. Initially, he thought of emigrating to Paris as had José's pupil, Julian Gomez Ramirez (no relation). His brother José helped him make preparations, but instead he soon opened a workshop on the Plaza de Santa Ana. José felt betrayed, and the rift this caused was so deep that they never spoke again. Business, however, was slow and so Manuel always somewhat of a restless Bohemian character, he also worked for a time as an electrician for the Madrid Electric Company, leaving his shop in the hands of his disciple, Enrique Garcia. In 1897, Manuel moved his shop to the Calle Arlabán, No. 10 where he remained until 1912, moving then to No. 11.  Manuel who also made violins became an official Luthier of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid.  He also won a medal at the Chicago Fair in 1893 for his work. Manuel trained a generation of great luthiers: Enrique Garcia, Santos Hernandez, Modesto Borreguero, and Domingo Esteso.  Manuel Ramirez died in 1916, and his shop was taken over and run by his widow. Out loyalty to Manuel, Santos Hernandez, Domingo Esteso, and Modesto Borreguero continued to work time, She died in 1921.

This guitar has a label that Manuel Ramirez used between 1903 and 1909, so we may date it comfortably to around 1906. I found this guitar in Sevilla, and had Andres Dominguez Guerrero, a master luthier restore it. I am delighted with the results, and in playing a part in giving this wonderful sounding guitar, a second life.