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Five generations of the Ramírez family have produced Ramirez Guitars. The company was founded in 1882, when José Ramírez opened a workshop at 2 Concepción Jerónima, Madrid.
After the death of José Ramírez in 1923, his son José Ramírez II, married with two children, José III and Alfredo, returned from South America where he worked as a guitarist. He was also a guitar maker, and in 1925 Jose II ran the company.
Largely hampered by material shortages during the Spanish Civil War, José II and his son José III, who was himself a guitarist, began experimenting with non-traditional woods and design techniques. The other son of Jose II, Alfredo, directed the affair.
Alfredo died in 1954, and José II in 1957, forcing José III to take over the management of the store and to give up guitar making for a time. However, he continued to experiment, putting drawings on paper to be built by companions, and supervising each phase of construction of the instruments. He worked closely with the top performers, which led to the acceptance of his innovations.
He built concert guitars for Andrés Segovia that were larger and more powerful than those of Torres. These guitars had a longer scale length and asymmetrical bracing than the symmetrical Torres pattern. These two innovations and many others are standard today.
More radical still, in 1963, he built a ten-string guitar for Narciso Yepes, to accommodate Yepes' unique balanced chromatic chord, and later an eight-string guitar for José Tomás. The high-end professional models based on these two extended-range guitars remain in the current catalog of the company.
In the 1960s, to cope with the growing demand, José III moved the workshop to General Margallo Street, and significantly increased the number of employees, leaving the original premises only as a store. In the early 1970s, it was replaced by a larger store at 5 Concepción Jerónima, directly in front of the original establishment. The original store was restored and reopened in the late 1980s by José III's children, José Ramírez IV and his sister Amalia, both themselves then guitarists.
In 1988, Jose III passed the control of the company to Jose IV and Amalia. In 1993, they undertook a major restructuring of the company, focusing on entirely handmade professional instruments and entrusting the construction of high quality student instruments to their designs and delivered to their own workshop for inspection. final and adjustment.
In 1995, they were unable to renew the lease of the original shop, and moved to the current address near 8 Calle de la Paz. José IV died in 2000, leaving Amalia to oversee the entire operation. In 2010, it is a team of fourteen people, including Amalia herself, four other luthiers and three apprentices. Enrique and Cristina Ramirez, her nephew and niece will continue in the future.
The NE series was created in 2008 following an improvement by Amalia Ramirez of the E series dating from 1986. In this update, Amalia Ramirez has improved the decorations of the guitars of the range, while keeping the peculiarities specific to the brand, such as home-made. The 2NE guitar has, like most Ramirez guitars, a solid red cedar top, synonymous with the Ramirez brand. His body is in Indian rosewood, his cedar neck, ebony fingerboard and rosewood bridge. The 2NE guitar will seduce you with its delicate lacquered finish that reinforces its charm.Table: solid cedar Back and sides: massive Indian rosewood Handle: Cedar Button: Ebony Scale: 650 mm Nut width: 52 mm Mechanical: gold plated Color: Natural lacquered
This line was designed by José Ramírez IV in 1991. Amalia Ramírez has renewed this line in 2014 in its ornamentation and with better construction. These guitars are inspected, adjusted and certified by Amalia Ramirez herself. With two new models, the Ramirez RA and the Ramirez RB. Two guitars with a breathtaking design and great playability. The Ramirez RA and the Ramirez RB are the entry-level models of the popular Ramirez Studio line. The Ramirez RB has a solid Indian rosewood body combined with the choice of top in solid cedar wood or solid spruce. The key is also made of ebony and there is also a band of ebony reinforcement on the neck. The luxury mechanics in black and gold give a good impression, which, in this case, is darker than its sister the RA. The back of the guitar also has a more elaborate wood decoration.Solid cedar top Solid rosewood back and sides Cedar handle Ebony fingerboard Golden hardware Scale: 650 mm Nut width: 52 mm Color: Natural high gloss Supplied in a case