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JOS RAMIRZ I  1858 - 1923
Jos Ramrez de Galarreta y Planet, was born in Madrid in 1858. At the age of 12, he began working, as an apprentice, in the workshop of Francisco Gonzlez, who was later to become his Maestro. The Gonzales shop was located on the Carrera de San Jernimo Street in Madrid. 



In 1890 Jose I established himself at Concepcin Jernima n 2, where his descendants continued to build guitars until the year 1995. Later, the store was relocated to La Paz n 8, very near the old shop.



Although Francisco Gonzlez had Jos Ramrez as his pupil; Jos was teacher to his younger brother, Manuel Ramrez, as well as his son, Jos Ramrez II. He also taught Enrique Garca, who later established himself in Barcelona, where he taught Francisco Simplicio, and Julin Gmez Ramrez. He also imparted the trade to Antonio Viudes, Rafael Casana, as well as to Alfonso Benito and Antonio Gmez. Thus, the Ramirez Dynasty began in Jos Ramrez's workshop.

Jos Ramrez was recognized as an outstanding master guitar-maker. Flamenco guitarists would frequently approach him to find a solution for better projection of sound, which lead to Jos creating the "tablao guitar."

Although he was in agreement with the design by Torres, he built a larger flamenco model than most classical guitars in those days. The tablao guitar brought him much success, and added to his reputation as a Master Luthier