Workshop of José Ramirez III (Spanish, Madrid 1922–1995)
Spruce, rosewood, ivory or bone, ebony, plastic
Height: 39 3/4 in. (100.9 cm) Width: 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm) Depth: 4 1/8 in. (10.4 cm)
Gift of Michal and Ilse McClure, in honor of Christopher Parkening, classical guitarist, and David Thomas, recording producer, 2010
Not on view
Five generations of the Ramirez family have been guitar builders and worked for the company that was founded in 1882. This beautiful example was built in 1967 when José Ramirez was the head of the company. It has a two-piece top of European spruce with fine grian that widens towards the edges. The two-piece back and ribs are of Brazilian rosewood. The neck is of Spanish cedar and the original geared pegs were replaced by Herman Hauser II with the Lansdorfer pegs that are present. The instrument was owned by the American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening whom Andrés Segovia called "one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world." Parkening used this guitar for several recordings and in many live performances.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: Label: Jose Ramirez, 1967, no. 2.140
Marking: on inside heel: "CWP" (in black ink)/ "M.T" within a circle (stamped)
Michal and Ilse McClure ; Christopher W. Parkening ; David Thomas
Parkening Plays Bach: and music of Handel, Scarlatti, Couperin and others. Recording., New York City, 1972.