JOSÉ RAMÍREZ I 1858 - 1923

 

Amalia Ramirez


 

Born in Madrid, she began her apprenticeship in the workshop in 1976, under the guidance of her father, where she learned to construct guitars. She had to stop her apprenticeship while she did further studies in other subjects which would later help her carry out her role in the business. She returned in 1988 to help her brother with restructuring and managing the business. Between them they shared the roles, with José Enrique focussing mainly on constructing guitars in the workshop and Amalia focussing on the commercial side, although she also went back to guitar making after opening premises at No. 8, Calle General Margallo. This change happened in 1993, reverting to the original plan of a smaller workshop and limited production. Currently all our handmade guitars are exclusively made to order so as to be able to cater individually to the requirements of each guitarist. However, you can also find some models which we reserve for our shop at no. 8, Calle la Paz where we moved in the summer of 1995 from the shop at no. 2, Calle Concepción Jerónimo, not far away.

 

After the death of her brother in June 2000, Amalia Ramírez took over the running of the business, dividing her work between the workshop and the shop. Currently she is in charge of checking the guitars constructed in the workshop both during and at the end of the process, as well as designing new studio and professional models. Among her experiments, one thing that stands out is her work with new materials to increase the projection, volume and sound with the line called the ‘Auditorio’ model. She has also worked on the ideal proportions of the instrument just as her father did and as one of the guitars we keep in our collection demonstrates.

 

During her time the most beautiful and original designs of guitars have been made, characteristics which have helped make the Ramírez brand stand out – spectacular designs such as the ‘Aniversario’ handcrafted guitar or the commemorative studio models: 125 years, 130 years and the ‘Tiempo’ guitar.

 

She also created the SP guitar, now the SPR, which is an intermediate model between the studio guitars and the hand made guitars. Half of this model is made in the workshop and the other half in Spanish factories, with the final checks and adjustments carried out in our workshop. This is an important point because Ramírez Guitars don’t just receive the guitars from the factory and sell them on directly but spend about half an hour on each guitar to check and adjust it to ensure we are offering the quality expected of the brand.
The ‘Conservatorio’ guitar has been another of her contributions. To provide a big step towards the highest quality professional guitars she designed this simply constructed more affordable model. Recently this has been replaced by the ‘Sencillo Concierto’ Model with improvements in the build.

 

She has been her niece Cristina and nephew José Enrique´s teacher, both of them the children of José Ramírez IV and who, proud of his tradition, have taken the reins of the hundred-year-old business. Currently they are managing the business as the fifth generation of guitar makers, always under the eye of Amalia who still designs each model which is created in the workshop with the help of her niece and nephew.

 

Amalia Ramírez was one of the first women to enter the world of guitar making, until then a male dominated world, revolutionising the way of conceiving an instrument and showing her niece Cristina and other female guitar makers the way in a profession which is still difficult for women. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the men in this traditional business who have always trusted her work, initiative and creativity.

She also created the SP guitar, now the SPR, which is an intermediate model between the studio guitars and the hand made guitars. Half of this model is made in the workshop and the other half in Spanish factories, with the final checks and adjustments carried out in our workshop. This is an important point because Ramírez Guitars don’t just receive the guitars from the factory and sell them on directly but spend about half an hour on each guitar to check and adjust it to ensure we are offering the quality expected of the brand.

 

The ‘Conservatorio’ guitar has been another of her contributions. To provide a big step towards the highest quality professional guitars she designed this simply constructed more affordable model. Recently this has been replaced by the ‘Sencillo Concierto’ Model with improvements in the build.

 

She has been her niece Cristina and nephew José Enrique´s teacher, both of them the children of José Ramírez IV and who, proud of his tradition, have taken the reins of the hundred-year-old business. Currently they are managing the business as the fifth generation of guitar makers, always under the eye of Amalia who still designs each model which is created in the workshop with the help of her niece and nephew.

 

Amalia Ramírez was one of the first women to enter the world of guitar making, until then a male dominated world, revolutionising the way of conceiving an instrument and showing her niece Cristina and other female guitar makers the way in a profession which is still difficult for women. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the men in this traditional business who have always trusted her work, initiative and creativity.

 

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