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Ramirez 1a Flamenco Blanca, 1969

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This Ramirez 1a Flamenco Blanca is a wonderful rarity, built and signed by Antonio Martínez Ortega, one of Jose Ramirez III’s top craftsmen, during 1969.

Here are the notes from Grant MacNeill, made while working on this fine instrument:


Ramirez Flamenca Blanca guitar
Built in 1969, Serial #3664
Stamped AM; built by Antonio Martínez Ortega

This is a superb example of the handmade quality of the flamenco guitars built during the golden age of Ramirez workshop during the 1960s under the eyes of José Ramirez III.

Stamped on the slipper foot just above the label are the initials “AM” indicating that this fine instrument was built by Antonio Martínez Ortega, one of veteran, master luthiers in the workshop during the 1960s. His guitars were especially favoured by the top players and used by Andres Segovia, Lorendo Armeda, and Christopher Parkening. For this reason, they are particularly desirable and collectable.

The tone is full, fully developed, and well balanced. It is an excellent example of a vintage Flamenco voice with plenty of volume.

The Ebony fingerboard uses the standard Ramirez 656mm Flamenco Scale with a 54 mm Nut and the neck has a shallow U profile.

Typical of Ramirez 1a Flamenco Blanca models with a Red Cedar top, Cypress back and sides, Cuban mahogany neck with Brazilian Rosewood peghead overlay, Rosewood Pegs and bridge.  The fingerboard is Ebony.  

Though this guitar shows signs of heavy use, there is no history of damage or amateurly done repairs.

I have done the following service work on this guitar:

  • Rosewood pegs re-fitted and chalked and working as they should
  • Frets dressed, recrowned and polished
  • The bridge converted to a 12 hole tie block which allows for far lower action and improved down-bearing at the saddle. There is ample remaining scope at the saddle to lower the action further without any compromise in tone.
  • Action lowered to 5.5/64 treble and 6.5/64 bass; , standard action for flamenco players. That said, I have many flamenco players who go higher and a tiny minority that go even lower.
  • Nut slots opened up and recut to fit modern strings as they should
  • The heavily worn Golpéador tap-plate was replaced with one of identical size

Grant MacNeill, Classical/Flamenco Specialist


Price: $4,950.00 CAD
  • Model: 1a Flamenco
  • Year: 1969
  • Finish Amber Tint Clear
  • Class: Vintage
  • Country of Origin: Spain
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 06/04/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 2.86lbs 1.3kg
  • Scale Length: 656mm 25.826in
  • Nut Width: 53.78mm 2.116in
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