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Ramirez Anniversary Model Classical Guitars
A Ramirez Anniversary Guitar
My View of The Anniversary Model Ramirez Classical Guitars
The Ramirez family have been making fine Classical Guitars for generations. The Anniversary series are made by Amalia Ramirez to the design of the 4e series made famous by Jose Ramirez III. These are top quality professional grade guitars made from the finest selected hardwoods and built with the care that can only be developed in luthiers by centuries of tradition.
Since this lens is my entry in the Rocket Squids challenge for a deep niche this lens will be concentrating solely on these fine examples of Amalia's work. They are one of my favourite guitars and as soon as I have made enough money on-line it is my ambition to buy one of these.
Both of the available anniversary series guitar models are available with either Spruce or Cedar tops, and they are based on the 4e design with its asymmetrical fan. This fan was designed to balance the tonalities of the bass and treble strings and was first implemented by Jose Ramirez III.
Prior to the introduction of the asymmetrical fan most guitars were being produced with the symmetrical fan that was introduced by Torres. The fan both strengthens the top of the guitar and has an effect on the tonality of each of the strings. Jose Ramirez III experimented with this to try to achieve a better balance in the tones of each of the strings and as a unit. It was this obsession with perfecting the instrument that probably led to Segovia trying and then using Ramirez guitars.
The pictures have been taken from Amazon.com where I am an affiliate so I will benefit should you buy from here.
Inspecting A Ramirez Guitar
Making A Ramirez Classical Guitar
Only the best materials are selected when making a Ramirez Classical Guitar for these guitars German Spruce and Indian Rosewood are used. The process has been described by Amalia Ramirez, who inherited the business from her father Jose Ramirez III. ....
"Handcrafted from 1882
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Amalia is the fifth generation of Ramirez to continue this fine tradition of producing what is recognised as being one of the very best Classical Guitars you can buy. To celebrate this continued success she has started to produce anniversary special guitars, to give back a little to the customers that have supported this family business for so long.
Amalia and Jose Ramirez IV were brother and sister Jose Ramirez III was their father. Jose IV left the business to Amalia. Of course the founder was Jose Ramirez (1).
There are currently two anniversary model guitars available, the 125 year and the 130 year. Both models are very special. The wood for each series was hand selected by Amalia and each guitar is given her final inspection before it is shipped.
Building a Classical Guitar is a time consuming process as they comprise many different woods all of which have to be cut, graded and aged (to avoid future warping as much as possible). The back is made of Indian Rose Wood which is hard and reflective, the top of Spruce or Cedar, which help to reflect the sound vibrating like the cone of a loudspeaker.
It is the top that gives the guitar its projection. Inside the bracing has to be solid for the back to prevent vibration and flexible for the top to allow it! The exact design and methods to do this are proprietary to the luthier(s). Ramirez are the most consistent in achieving the best possible sound from the materials used. The neck is topped with ebony to reflect the sound and due to its extremely hard wearing characteristics when being played, and having the strings pressed against it in between the frets. The frets are made of stainless steel and have to be placed accurately exactly at the harmonic points along the length of each string. The machine heads have to be of the finest quality to stand a lifetime under the stress of the tension of the strings, and being played.
The anniversary editions are the best of everything and Amalia checks them all before signing each as genuine Ramirez Guitars, worthy of the name. These are the best value Ramirez guitars that you can possibly buy. It is because of this attention to detail that even second hand guitars still sell for a princely price. Ramirez have made guitars for Andres Segovia and George Harrison so the range of demand for the product is huge!
The photograph is from the Ramirez web site http://www.guitarrasramirez.com
Ramirez Anniversary Special Guitars on Amazon
The Anniversary Model Guitars are unique in that they are each a part of a very limited production run. Only 125 of the 125 year and 130 of the 130 year will be made for each of the spruce and cedar topped.The wood is chosen for the quality of its grain and considering the quality of the finished guitars.
Due to the limited quantities and the personal inspection these guitars are of a higher quality than the standard Ramirez 4e models. They will also tend to appreciate with time as the wood ages and the true tonality of each instrument develops.
In my view the spruce tops will age more slowly and are probably the better long term investment. This has always been the traditional view. That said the Cedar tops have a unique tonality that is quicker to develop and many will find these more to their taste, at least in the early years. Many of the top performers now include both types of instrument in their collections as they are interested in seeing how well cedar tops mature with age. They are also often using each for different tonality in their music, many are even coming to prefer cedar, which often comes from Canada.
This is one of the remaining 125 year anniversary guitars, production ceased in December 2011 so these will become harder and harder to get. The only one available has the German Spruce top. Only 125 guitars were ever made!
The Last Remaining Ramirez 130 Anos Guitar
This item is getting very hard to find and this is the only one available from Amazon for this Christmas! The picture shows a cedar top, but check the full specification before ordering.
Ramirez 130 Anos
Spotlight On My Personal Favourite Ramirez Anniversary Guitar
This guitar is fast becoming a collectors item. It is priced at less than the current models, but this one has a spruce top which matures more slowly and it is now at least a year old so it will take that much less time to play in (usually about 5 years for Spruce so this guitar which is less than the 130 year anniversary special is a better value for the price. Any of these models will be good for more than 20 years at which age they will just be nicely matured and played in. They are all great buys for the serious player. However this one is the best buy!
Ramirez Guitars on eBay
I know there are many people who would love a Ramirez hand made Classical Guitar, but for whom the price is out of reach eBay is a great place to look for a bargain. This item is currently up for grabs, they are getting rarer, so if you want one be careful not to be outbid!
The anniversary issue guitars are rare, so if one is shown, and you want one do not hesitate to bid.
Fine Examples Of Ramirez Guitars From YouTube
These videos are a selection of the reviews and tests carried out by other players and bloggers that have already been posted on Youtube. They show the amazing tone of these anniversary model guitars, especially when used by a great player.