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Ramirez 1a Concert Classical Indian Rosewood, 1980

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Here we have a Ramirez 1a Concert Classical Long Scale guitar built during 1980, during the ‘golden era’ of Jose Ramirez III’s leadership of the Ramirez workshop at Concepcion Jeronima No. 2 in Madrid, Spain. This well-used instrument features a long scale of 665mm or 26.18 inches, intended to provide increased volume and projection for the professional concert performer.

With Jose Ramirez III leading the workshop, this Ramirez 1a Concert Classical Long Scale uses the slipper foot construction. This method defines the tradition that countless other builders follow, with the slipper foot join integrating the sides and neck for maximum resonance and response.

In terms of materials used in construction, this Ramirez 1a Concert Classical Long Scale also uses the Red Cedar top pioneered by Jose Ramirez III, paired with a lovely set of Indian Rosewood for the sides, back, head plate and bridge. The sides include another Ramirez innovation, having an interior lining of Cypress. This decreases the production of ‘wolf tones’ when the guitar is played at performance volumes. While this is in the strictest sense a lamination, it is not the same as the ‘laminated woods’ found in many electric arch-top or lower end acoustic instruments.

The neck is Cedro or Spanish Cedar, Cedrela Odorata, which despite the name is neither Spanish or a true cedar, being from Central and South America and more closely related to Mahogany, with Ebony for the fingerboard. The back of the neck displays a black stripe, which is an Ebony stiffener. This type of instrument would not have an adjustable metal truss rod.

This guitar has been heavily played over the years, and has had three back crack repairs, which are not immediately visible. The top has a fair amount of markings caused by honest play wear.

A period, wedge-shaped hard shell case is included, with all hinges and clasps working.

Here’s Twelfth Fret Owner Grant MacNeill’s comments on this Ramirez 1a Concert Classical guitar:

We converted the bridge’s tie-block to a 12- hole tie-block format for lower “modern” action, now at 8/64ths treble to 10/64ths bass , performed crack repairs to the back, dressed and polished the frets and set up the guitar.
This guitar has the huge bass typical of any 1a with cypress-lined sides.
It came from the home of the late Eli Kassner, and was no doubt played by the late Maestro Andres Segovia himself as well as by countless other classical performers who were guests in that magical house. It has been heavily played and shows extensive but honest wear.

Grant MacNeill, Classical Guitar Specialist”

You can read more about the late Eli Kassner here. He was a prominent classical guitar teacher, and many now prominent players studied with him, including Norbert Kraft, Paul Pigat and Gordon O’Brien , who is featured in our reviews of Ramirez and Alhambra classical guitars.


Price: $4,000.00 CAD
  • Model: 1a
  • Year: 1980
  • Finish Natural Amber Tint
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 14890, built during 1980 at Concepcion Jeronima No.2 Madrid, Spain
  • Country of Origin: Spain
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 25/10/2022

  • Not Consignment

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.092lbs 1.86kg
  • Scale Length: 26.1811in 665mm
  • Nut Width: 2.132in 54.17mm
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