Manuel Ramirez 1902

(1864 - 1916)


  • Spain Madrid
  • Chord length: 635 mm with 19 frets on a rosewood fingerboard
  • Top: European Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Rosewood of uncertain species (Indian ?)
  • Tuners: Original
  • Air resonance: D
  • Weigth: 1005 grams
  • Neck width: 50mm at the nut with 41mm string spacing


This guitar is very light with a shallow body giving a deep sound - almost like those guitars with a tornovoz. The middle range and treble are sweet and rounded.

The text of the label is: Manuel Ramirez Constructor de Guitarras Segunda Epoca Año 1911 Arlaban 10, Madrid. This label is a rare Manuel Ramirez label, only 6 of these labels are seen in 50 years, the others being such as the normal label affixed to Andres Segovia's 1912 Manuel Ramirez guitar, which was made by Santos Hernandez, the foreman of the Manuel Ramirez shop. "Segunda Epoca" means Second Epoch, a take from the labels of the last decades of the immortal Antonio de Torres' numbered guitars.

Rosewood of uncertain species - (Indian?), dark and straight-grained with simple maple or box purfling and rosewood bindings.
Body length:- 459mm.
Top bout:- 251 mm wide & 78 mm deep.
Waist:- 215 mm & 79 mm deep.
Bottom bout:- 338 mm wide & 78 mm deep.
Shellac french-polished.

European spruce - a well-quartered top, quite wide-grained except in the centre. The rosette and purfling is a pattern of alternating pearl elements and crosses; the purfling is particularly lovely. The long, slender bridge is rosewood with bone-capped tie-block capping.
The front has seven fan-struts, no bridge plate or bar and slim closing bars at the bottom.

Original tuning machines of unknown manufacture with geometric patterned side-plates and round bone buttons.


This guitar was made 115 years ago and the fact that it exists in playable condition today is remarkable.

The back is in very good condition with just three short, feint cracks down at the bottom.

The sides have some harmless, longitudinal cracks that have been cleated.

The front has cleated cracks on the treble side and a shorter one down on the bass side that is fixed with traditionally-glued fabric.