Yep! you heard that right. Some of the BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS in the world are built in Spain. Great guitars, see who else thought so!
Spain has had a very long history of building classical and/or Flamenco Guitars. And even though we could find many Luthiers in Spain that build classical guitars, we’re just going to look at one.
This Luthiers family has been crafting quality guitars for over 130 years. Not many can boast about their family linage of artisans like they could. So to pull a direct quote “Very few names have been as influential in the development and history of the guitar as the name José Ramírez” unquote.
Lets take a look at one of his guitars.
Ramírez Guitars – The GH Model
Now let me say first of all,due to the cost of this handmade guitar its not going to be for everyone.
However that being said José Ramírez Guitars builds different models ranging in cost from $1800 to $30K.
And maybe in this mix you just might find the Best Acoustic Guitar for you.
And you do have to keep one thing in mind when looking at these kind of guitars.
These are all hand made guitars from the ground up and Guitar Center doesn’t carry this kind of quality.
Ok so that was two things to keep in mind. 🙂
The José Ramírez GH Model – Retails at $4000
- Scale Length: 650mm
- Top: Solid Spruce top
- Back & Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 52mm
- Nut Material: Bone
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Cutaway: No
- Strings: Ramirez Strings
- Bridge Material: Rosewood
- Tuning Machines: Gold with White Pearl Buttons
- Rosette/Binding/Purfling: Green, Mosaic inlay
- Finish: Lacquer
- Case: HumiCase Protégé
So there you have it, the skinny on this classical guitar in laymen’s terms of coarse. There’s not many of these in the big box stores that you can see or hear. But many of you already know what this guitar sounds like. Watch the video below and see if it don’t jog your memory!
The Beatles – And I Love Her [HQ Original Audio]
Yep! Model GH Stands for George Harrison
Thats a pretty smooth sounding nylon string classical guitar there. Just so you know I don’t own a Ramírez guitar,and couldn’t attest to the sound quality of this particular guitar.
But The Beatles thought it good enough to record, and you also got to remember that they didn’t have the technology we have today to alter the tone.
However I can tell you that I myself do own 2 nylon string guitars and both really sound good. But I’ve always like the sound of classical guitars anyway.
As with all of us musicians we usually own many guitars. And even though this is not about George Harrison Acoustic Guitars. It is about the one he owned the “Ramírez GH Model Guitar. But if your a fan like me you can check his collection at Harrisons Guitars. Or better yet you can see the fab fours collection at Ed Romans Beatles Gear.
What Is The Best Acoustic Guitar?
Would it surprise you to know that I don’t know the answer to that? Because that is really subjective in the first place.
What I can say is that it all depends on what fits you the best. What style of music are you playing? Will you at any point be playing music that will require a nylon string guitar? Are you going to be amplified or not?
As I said its subjective at best. But is this classical guitar one of the best made guitars? I personally think so, it ranks way up there in builds.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find many big box stores that carry these guitars. But if your interested here are a few places I’ve found for you. Some are used and some are new.
Some Final Thoughts
I do hope you liked looking at this guitar. And judging from the history and quality guitars of the José Ramírez family, then this model GH (George Harrison) guitar could just be one of Spain’s Best Acoustic Guitars.
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