Amalia Ramírez

amaliaA native of Madrid, Amalia began her guitar making apprenticeship in the workshop under the direction of her father in 1976. She left for a few years, only to return to help her brother Jose Ramírez IV, in the restructuring and management of the shop, and to bring a new look to the family business.

The work was evenly distributed between the two. José Enrique was devoted mainly to the workshop while Amalia applied herself to the commercial aspects. Amalia also built guitars after establishing the workshop again in General Margallo.

The real change occurred at the beginning of 1993 when they returned to the original outline of a reduced workshop and a limited production. “Today, all of our professional guitars are sold. They can be acquired in our store in Madrid or through our world-wide network of distributors.” In the summer of 1995 the store moved from Concepción Jerónima nº2, to the street of La Paz nº 8, very near the old store.

After the death of her brother in June 2000, Amalia Ramírez took over the direction of the business, dividing her time between the workshop, the office and the shop. She also inspects the guitars made in the workshop, both during and at the end of the construction process.

An important responsibility for Amalia, is the development and supervision of the apprenticeship of her late brother’s children, Cristina and José Enrique, who are both very proud of learning to make guitars and to run the family business.

José Enrique, has combined his apprenticeship as Luthier with his career in Law, and Cristina, is applying her training and experience as Graphic Designer, Journalist, and Sound Technician in the interest of the family business. With this and Amalia’s mentorship, they will continue the Ramírez dynasty of guitar makers, ensuring that the quality and value of the legendary Ramírez Sound will continue.

Since taking over the direction of the business, Amalia has employed an investigative approach to guitar making, which began with different analyses of the template and fan bracing of the guitars, some based on the golden section, a route along which she has only recently begun to travel. The work is slow, not only because each investigation necessitates a huge investment in terms of time, but also because she has to combine it with the running of all the other aspects of the business. She has designed a number of different models, including the SP, which is an intermediate guitar between the student and the professional models as well as two different models to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Ramírez firm. The first is the Anniversary guitar, a Limited Edition Professional guitar, of which only125 will be made, and a student model, The 125 Years Guitar, which were produced for a Limited Period of five years, between January 2007 and December 2011.