1972 Ramirez 1a
Up for consideration is a beautiful Ramirez
1a 10-string guitar with a cedar top and Brazilian Rosewood
back and sides. This guitar was made by Ramirez in 1972
as a 6-string 1a, and it has recently been converted to a 10-string
guitar, New, a Rameriz 1a 10-string now sells for over $14,000, so here
is a very rare opportunity to get one in top playing condition, and
save over $10,000 in the process!!!
10-STRING CONVERSION TESTIMONIALS:
"I received the Ramirez 1a in excellent
order. It's an absolute dream!!! Your service was, as usual, 100% first class!!!"
-- Leo Joseph
"No question, I love this guitar! The Ramirez 1a 10-string conversion is one of the finest-playing guitars I own. The tone is pure Ramirez -- she sings; the sustain is Viagra. I could not be more pleased with this guitar. I am so glad I purchased this instrument."
-- Peter Couturer
"The Kohno/Sakurai Model 10 conversion is certainly impressive. From the signature head pattern to the Kohno style double ebony stripes and finish, it is hardly distinguishable from the original except for the extra strings -- my other performance guitar is from the same maker, same year, and same model, so I know!
The sound, however, is the most impressive quality."
-- Roy Barger
"I just want to tell you how happy I am with the Kohno 15 10-String conversion. The pictures and recordings did not do it justice. It is simply amazing. I own two wonderful custom double tops that I have not played for three weeks. I can not put this guitar down. The workmanship is next to perfect. I have never owned a Brazilian Rosewood guitar before but I now understand the attraction. It has been a pleasure doing business with you."
-- Herman Raley
1270 DPI high resolution photos of this guitar are HERE.
If you are looking for a concert-level 10-string guitar, this
may well be the way to go, for this guitar is much more affordable than a new one, and
you don't have to go on a long waiting list to custom order one.
Also, the playability on this guitar is unmatched by any vintage
1970s Ramirez, as it has the 650 mm scale length, and the adjustable
action and bridge saddle have been set up for easy playability.
* Made in 1972
* Serial # 5570
* Cedar top
* Brazilian back & sides
* Bocote fingerboard
* 650 mm scale
* Action 1st = 4 mm
10th = 5 mm
* Bridge saddle = +5 mm
* FB width
@ nut = 84 mm
@ 12 = 100 mm
* String spacing
nut = 76mm
@ 12 = 88 mm
@ bridge = 102mm
* Neck depth
@ 1 = 21mm
@ 7 = 22mm
* New 10-String neck
* New 10-String bridge
* Ameritage Case
* New lacquer finish
* Made in Spain
* Converted in USA
The guitar has the famous Ramirez sound, with great clarity,
volume, excellent sustain and resonance,
and nice, adjustable action. Here are 8 quick, 1-take MP3
sound files to give you an idea of what to expect. The guitar
was recorded using a Neumann KM84
mic into a TAB-Funkenwerk V78M tube preamp through a Sony PCM D1 flash recorder
to. The sound is straight signal from the mic pre
with no EQ or added effects.
1972 RAMIREZ 1a
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This guitar is in excellent cosmetic condition, with
a new 10-string neck, fingerboard, frets, bridge, and a new lacquer
finish. There is one repaired patch on the top, and a few minor crack by one of the braces on the top. The bridge saddle
now has about 5 mm of material, and can be lowered to suite your
The guitar is warranteed for 1 year for any structural
problems that might occur (buyer pays shipping both ways). The
bracing is exactly the same on the Rameriz 1a 10-strings and
6-strings, so the 1a design is perfect for the 10-string conversion.
The luthier doing these conversions has built about 1,000 classical
guitars in his carear, and we have now converted 8 guitars (3 Ramirez, 5 Kohno / Sakurai), and they
all have been fantastic sounding, and structurally very stable, and very well received by their new owners.
I have the guitar tuned in Romantic tuning, a standard
10-string tuning where 1-6 is normal, and 7-10 descend step-wise:
7=D, 8=C, 9=B, 10 =A. Strings
By Mail has a great selection of 10-string sets and can
put together custom sets for you at a discount over individual
strings. Several excellent string manufacturers offer 10-string
sets, in cluding D'Addario,
LaBella also makes a set but I do not recommend it.
My website Cathedral
Guitar has a lot of info on multi-string guitars; I also
run an internet radio station on multi-string guitars and lutes 10-String
Radio; and also I moderate a 265-member 10-String
Yahoo Group on the subject, and am working on an instructional
website, 10-string.com. Perf De Castro has a YouTube Multi-String
Guitar channel on the instrument. James R. Smith has an excellent intoductory article to the world of multi-strings, here, and a free 200 page PDF for multi-string guitar is here.
If you need a teacher to help you adapt to the 10-string guitar,
you can check this list here.
Also, if you will be playing mostly lute music on the 10-string,
I strongly recommend taking lessons from a lute player, if you
can find one. If you want online lessons, I highly recommend
the 10-String guitarist Perf
De Castro, who is both an excellent musician and a wonderful
teacher, and he offers private 10-string guitar lessons via the
Here for more details.
CLASSICAL HARP GUITAR
This guitar type is also a relative of the Harp Guitar family
known as the Fretted
Harp Guitar. It has a big advantage over the other harp
guitar types in that the frets extend across the entire neck,
and the guitar can easily be played with a capo, and be quickly
transposed into a variety of keys, which is especially helpful
when accompanying singers. This is, of course, impossible on
a regular harp guitar. Custom capos are made by Shubb (ask for the Pinnochio model), and also by Phill
SHIPPING & TERMS
USA FedEx Ground is $40.00 with insurance.
I do accept PayPal as well as all the
traditional forms of payment, including barters and trades. Thanks
for looking. Please ask questions before bidding. Satisfaction
Guaranteed!!! If you are not happy with the guitar for any reason
simply return it within 3 days. (buyer pays shipping). This
auction is for one Ramirez 1a 10-String guitar used hardshell
PLEASE CHECK OUT
my other 10-String Sakurai/Kohno Conversion, and Cathedral Guitars for sale in Current
eBay Auctions, and also see my other Ramirez 10-String
Conversion that have Recently
Sold on eBay.
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