1966 Jose Ramirez (III) 1A Brazilian Rosewood/Spanish Cedar Classical Guitar w/OHSC (USED)
This is a one owner guitar who under the recommendation of Michael Lorimer, a direct understudy of Segovia, the family went to Spain to the factory and ordered the guitar. The student/owner of the guitar played guitar from about 1966-1970 and gave it up. It has been in its case until his retirement this year.
The Music Mill purchased the instrument to bring it back to life and hopefully you can tell, mission has been accomplished!! The guitar was sent to Allen Watsky in NJ who is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable luthiers specializing in Classical Guitars. He heat treated to get the neck angle perfect, planed the fingerboard and refretted. The nut and saddle are original but were adjusted. The instrument was carefully cleaned, cleaned and oiled the tuners.
The guitar is all original (except the frets) with original case. No cracked dents or splits. Surface scratches and few small marks as shown. See pics for full cosmetic details.
As mentioned above this is a larger than normal sized Classical guitar. Scale is about 660.6cm versus a traditional classical at 650cm. The fingerboard is Canted by design. Action is 10/64 on bass side versus 8/64 on standard scale classical (by design) and 8/64 on treble side versus 6/64 (by design). It is an adjustment to go to this instrument from a standard scale classical but if you have larger than normal hands, or want the best sonically pure and loud concert instrument, this is right guitar for you.
Dave Newsam is the musician demonstrating the guitar. He did a magnificent job and we are very excited to find this guitar a new home.
The famous Jose Ramirez III workshop for over half a century has produced instruments performed on by countless professionals from Sting to Segovia, Chet Atkins to Sabicas and Lee Ritenour to Christopher Parkening.
Thank you so much for looking and good luck!
Nut Width - 2 5/32"
String Spacing At Nut - 1 13/16" overall, 11/32 each
String Spacing At Bridge - 2 1/4" overall, 29/64" each
Action Height - First Fret - Bass 1/32" Treble 1/64"
Twelfth - Bass 10/64" Treble 8/64"
Saddle above Bridge - Bass 1/32", Treble 3/64"
Lower Bout Width - 14 5/8"
Waist Bout Width - 9 3/8"
Upper Bout With - 11 1/4"
Body Length - 19 1/8"
Body Thickness - 3 7/8" - 4 1/8"
Overall Length - 39 58"
Scale Length - 26 1/4"
Nut Width - Nut 2 5/32"
- 2 1/2" at 12th
Neck Thickness - First 7/8"
- Tenth 1"