The José Ramírez Workshop Brings Back the “ESPECIAL” Model to Mark the 20th Anniversary of José Ramírez IV’s Passing. « Guitar Salon International


This year we’re celebrating the 20th passing anniversary of José Ramírez IV. Even though throughout his life José Ramírez IV mostly build the “Tradicional” model, his other large contribution was re-defining Ramírez guitars by developing the “1A Especial” model.

In 1979, José IV received the recognition of Andrés Segovia, since the Maestro chose a particular guitar one day from among several guitars that the workshop had previously selected and had sent to him. The one constructed specifically by José Enrique was chosen by Segovia. This was a big surprise and especially very satisfactory for José, the fourth in the dynasty so far. His joy was so great that he wrote a dedication with his signature beside the label. Segovia used this particular guitar until the end of his days, and according to the letters written by Segovia to José Enrique, he used it with great satisfaction. In 1991 he began building a guitar with all the characteristic sounds of the sixties, which he named “Tradicional”, and another one, which didn’t have anything to do with the former one, which expressed that clear and direct sound that was the solution for new tendencies found in modern players’ tastes in the mid 80’s. The latter guitar, after several experiments, was completely defined in 1992, and José IV  named it as the “Especial” model.

We have good news for you, the José Ramírez Workshop decided to make a re-edition the “Especial” model to honor José IV 20th year of passing. GSI is going to receive the first guitar of the series! The last “Especial” model we had was from 1998 and we are very much looking forward to seeing a brand new Ramírez “Especial” guitar in our store.

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