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1000 North Rand Road No. 224
Wauconda, IL, 60084
United States


I began making guitars in 1966 in Dayton Ohio, where I worked out of my house. From 1968-1970 I lived in Mexico City, returning during the summers to build instruments at the Dayton location. 

During this time I was studying Anthropology and playing flamenco guitar professionally in various troupes in Mexico and around the U.S. In 1972 I moved to Chicago and worked briefly out of the back of a music store before moving to my present location in 1973. 

At that point I gave up any pretensions of being a professional guitarist and dedicated myself full time to lutherie.


My 800 Greenwood Street shop has undergone several renovations and changes over the years, the most recent being the 1995 massive renovation I did of the outside and inside of the building. 

As a result, my building is now climate controlled throughout the entire 4,000 square feet, and it has now acquired a nicer facade, with more interior showroom space than was previously available. 

Consequently, we are better able to serve those who prefer to visit the shop to select an instrument from our extensive inventory, which is housed in glass fronted rosewood cabinets. Being able to play many instruments side by side is very helpful in making a final selection, and we have full repair/restoration facilities on the premises for minor action adjustments to major restorations of valuable collector instruments.

1969 Ramírez 1a No. 3730

1969 José Ramírez III No. 3730 1a (Spain), 664 mm scale, redwood top, Brazilian sides and back (sides lined with cypress internally), 53 mm nut spaced 44 mm on centers between 1st and 6th string, action at 12th fret is 4.5 mm on bass side and 3 mm on treble side.  Original catalyzed urethane varnish, touched up on treble side of top, original gold engraved Fustero tuning machines.  Stamped internally on the neck foot, “A.S.”  A classic Ramírez 1a model which is well broken in and very open, having been played extensively, as the top shows.  No top cracks nor repairs, there is one invisible hairline repaired back crack which cannot be seen even when looking for it.  Minor worn area on the back of the neck behind the 2nd fret.  The worn area on the top was touched up over the original varnish which is untouched.  Very playable, brilliant with great projection and power, this is a great example of the finest Ramírez efforts to create the perfect modern guitar.  $7,000