I need some honest opinions from anyone who is knowledgeable of Jose Ramirez Estudio Guitars from the mid 1970’s. I just purchased a guitar on e - b a y that was advertised as a 1978 Jose Ramirez Estudio. I paid $1200 plus shipping. I have some questions as to if it is a counterfeit. First let me say that I have two other Ramirez guitars, a 2005 R-4 and a 2007 Anos 125. The guitar in question is absolutely beautiful, way too good looking for a 33 year old guitar, and the tone – at best, OK. Not as good as my other two Ramirez’s. But I was suspicious because:
1: the label inside isn’t even cut square to the blue border. (could they be that sloppy?)
2: I am trying to find if they used the shape of the headstock on the Estudio guitars in 1978. This appears to have the headstock that came on the 1a guitars of that time.
2: The angle of the head off the neck is noticeably less than my other two Ramirez’s. I am aware that none of these guitars were actually made in the Ramirez work shops but they were made to specific specs.
3: does anyone know what rosette design they used in 1978
It does appear that the case it came with is consistent with the case sold with the Ramirez guitars of the time.
There is a guitar, right now on e - b a y (http://cgi.e - b a y.com/Vintage-Japanese-Cl ... 1c1d7092c0
) that is advertised as a Japanese Ramirez copy. It looks very much like the guitar that I just bought.
If anyone with some knowledge can look at the pictures below and let me know it you think I got hosed or not. I thank you very much.
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