Manuel Ramírez (Spanish, 18641916)
Wood; L. 37 5/8 in. (96.5 cm)
Gift of Emilita Segovia, Marquessa of Salobreña, 1986 (1986.353.2)
This guitar was used by the legendary guitarist Andrés Segovia (18931987). This instrument was originally made as an eleven-string guitar, a design popular in Andalusia during the last half of the nineteenth century. It was undoubtedly converted to its present six-string configuration prior to its acquisition by Segovia. In addition to the label of Manuel Ramírez, a repair label was placed inside by Santos Hernández in 1922. At the time this instrument was made, Hernández worked for Ramírez, and he is believed to have been involved in its construction. The two-piece back is made of Brazilian rosewood, the two-piece top is of spruce.