|Serial Number||N/A, built 2008|
|Pricing||Regular $2399 CND, on sale for $1749 CDN with case and setup. SOLD|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard/|
|Frets||No fret wear.|
|Body||Indian Rosewood back and sides, German spruce top.|
|Finish||Clear varnish finish, top has antique tint.|
|Hardware/electronics||Bone nut and saddle|
|Playability/Action||Currently set up to standard Ramirez specifications. We will set it up for your requirements.|
|Case||original Ramirez case included.|
|Comments||On offer is a “new-old-stock” Ramírez model GH German Spruce top, built in 2008 that has been recently been uncovered in storage in at our shop.
It is new but been overlooked in storage and is considered old stock. It appears brand new and comes with full warranty.
There is a very tiny surface ding in the finish roughly 1/16 diameter in the lower bass side top just inside of the binding…see the photograph (with the pick to give an idea of scale…very tiny ding)
The Ramirez GH was issued in early 2007 as a special model to commemorate the Ramirez guitar that George Harrison owned.
His guitar was a very basic so-called “Tourist Guitar” that was built in another shop, “down the street” from Ramirez guitars.
Amalia Ramirez carefully reproduced the look of this guitar: the rosette, the authentic soundhole label, the peghead shape with the Hauser style tuners, fretboard and unique bridge feet and tie bock. And most important: since the original was spruce, this commemorative GH model had to be German Spruce top as well.
But this is were the similarities end.
The GH is a very different guitar indeed from the original Tourist Guitar of the 1960s.
It features the latest in Amalia Ramirez expertise and design features: fan braced very select German Spruce top on Solid AAA Rosewood back and sides. Finished in standard Ramirez E series varnish this guitar is arguably in the league of the top E series model 4 NE
Tone is perhaps a little more defined in the trebles and bass clarity is enhanced due to the slightly stiffer German Spruce. Overall balance is very good; full bass and full volume with trebles that already sound sweet and round. A few hundred hours of playing time on this Spruce top and this guitar will really reach it’s potential.
The Spruce top is a AAA grade, very clear and straight grained top as can be seen in the close up photos. Lovely silk or quarter-flower indicates that the top was perfectly quartersawn …typical of tops normally found on more expensive guitars. The Indian Rosewood back and sides are straight grained with lovely grain and colour. The purfling joinery at the heel cap and end block is clean and well executed and the fretboard ebony is clear and jet black.
Strangely, as one of the few Ramirez guitars offered in German spruce, the GH model “flew under the radar” and was by and large overlooked. Most of our advanced student classical clients choose the Ramirez 4NE cedar top as a matter of course. That said, the GH is certainly an equal and we sold a number of these guitars in 2008 and 2009.
Though still available on special order, we no longer stock this model; so this 2008 New-old-stock model GH is marked down as on sale at a truly special price of $1749.00 with case
I have carefully inspected this instrument and it is in perfect working order. Action currently at 8/64 treble to 8.5/64 bass, which is in the normal range of standard classical “concert” action height for players using typical classical right hand technique and an aggressive light right-hand attack.
We will do any setup adjustments the purchaser requires and install new strings of their choice for no extra cost.
If you are playing in the Latin jazz style with free-stroke right hand technique and don’t anticipate using an aggressive rest stroke, then I would be happy to lower the action before shipping. If you are an aggressive player, then I would recommend staying with the current action height.
Currently strung with Daddario, ProArte Hard Tension strings…our most popular set.
It is a given that we will setup any guitar we sell to suit the player; it is best if you can provide as much information as possible about your playing style so we can make an informed decision on how to setup the guitar - your right hand picking attack; free stroke vs rest-stroke - Classical right hand position vs Chet or Latin style hand position - your estimation of your normal action height on your current guitars (low vs medium or high) and anything else that will help us to setup your guitar appropriately.
Included is the original Ramirez Italian-made hardshell case.
What We Like-Ramirez Guitars
Ramirez guitars – we carry 12 models with over 50 new Ramirez guitars in stock at all times!
Models we stock include the NE and 130th Anniversary Series guitars in both Cedar and Spruce tops; the CWE Cutaway with pickup models, flamenco models and the Professional 1a and Concert SP models.
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We have 6 full time luthiers on staff with the expertise to setup and service your instruments. All Ramirez guitars will be very thoroughly setup to suit your right hand attack and playing action expectations.
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- General information on Ramirez guitars
- The Ramirez 130 Anos model
- Ramirez 2ne and 3ne Models Guitarras de Estudio
- Ramirez 4NE Model Guitarras de Estudio
- The Ramirez model 4n CWE
- The Ramirez FL1 Flamenco Model Guitarras de Estudio
- The Ramirez Model 1a Traditional Professional
- The Ramirez Model 1a c650 Traditional Spruce
- The Jose Ramirez Auditorio 1a Professional Double Top Guitar
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