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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.

1975 José Ramírez No. 8981

1975 José Ramírez III (Spain) No. 8981 1a flamenco.  656 mm scale, 53 mm nut, strings are spaced at 45.5 mm on centers between 1st and 6th.  Action at the 12th fret is 3.5 mm on the bass side and 2.8 mm on the treble side, the strings are 7 mm above the soundboard at the bridge.  Cedar top, Spanish cypress sides and back, original catalyzed urethane varnish, original rosewood friction pegs, the clear tapping plate is a recent replacement done in the Bruné workshop and matches the original plate exactly.  A perfect instrument for concert solo work, this lyrical and powerful instrument is among the last of the great Ramírez models to come out of the Ramírez shop before the more skilled craftsmen who had been present since the 1960’s began retiring.  Nearly mint, there is only one hairline top crack next to the bass side of the golpeador which was glued when we replaced the golpeador, it is now all but invisible and very solid.  A new version of one of these 1a’s would cost nearly double this price.  $5,000