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Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar Top Classical Guitar, 2014

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Here’s something unusual – a Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar top classical guitar, with ‘Fiddle Edge’ construction, Red Cedar top, Indian Rosewood for the back and sides, and SPR style bracing.

The Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar Top Concert Classical guitar represents a major development in classical guitar design from Amalia Ramírez, with unique use of ‘fiddle edge’ construction. The Conservatorio uses the same advanced 8 fan brace pattern as the SPR but a unique system for gluing the top and backs to the rims and no internal linings are used!

In standard guitar construction, kerfed or solid linings are essential for strength because wood is removed from the joint between the sides and the top or back to make a ledge for gluing the decorative binding.

With the violin-style ‘Fiddle Edge’ construction, there is no need for internal linings. This adds roughly 120 square centimetres of freely vibrating area to the top, without actually enlarging the guitar. Ingenious !!

The Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar is 108 mm deep at the end block, a full 9 mm deeper than the Ramirez SPR. This added internal displacement increases bass response.

The Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar top model is built entirely under the supervision of Amalia Ramírez, in the Ramirez workshop on Calle de la Paz in Madrid, Spain, with one exception that applies to all guitars built in Madrid. The city of Madrid forbids the spraying of combustible materials like nitrocellulose lacquer within the city limits, so all lacquer spraying work is performed at an off-site facility. Once the finish work is done, the instruments return to the workshop for completion, setup and inspection.

It’s not accurate to refer to the Ramírez Conservatorio as an ‘entry level’ instrument, but it is the entry point for instruments built entirely in the Ramírez workshop. The next step is the Ramírez 1a Professional, a considerably more elaborate instrument in terms of decoration and detail.

This Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar Top model dates to 2014 and was built at the Ramirez shop in Madrid. It has been owned and played since new by a serious student of classical guitar at a local University. It has a few honestly acquired dents and dings, particularly around the ‘fiddle edges’. It plays well and sounds great; dedicated use has brought forth its voice and responsiveness.

These guitars retail new for over $6250 Canadian.

The original Hiscox hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $4950 CAD
  • Model: Conservatorio
  • Year: 2014
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: C012B 2014
  • Country of Origin: Spain
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 16/09/2019

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3lbs 1.36kg
  • Scale Length: 650mm 25.6in
  • Nut Width: 52mm 2.04in
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