I went to guitar center looking to buy a new guitar, and I ran into a used Ramirez R3 at guitar center for $999. I was really looking into buying a new Ramirez R2, but they did not have any, so I put the R3 on hold so I can research it. There does not seem to be any serious problems with it. It sounds great, has no buzzing problems. A few, seemingly small, problems I noticed that worried me was in the finish where the fingerboard sits on the soundboard, on the 6th string side only. It seems like the finish is cracked and the wood seems to be popped up a bit. There is no problems where the neck is attached. There is also a super thin border of an unknown white-ish substance (glue or cracked finish?) around the bridge. I was able to get some of it off, but I am wondering if its possible the bridge was re-attached to the soundboard for some reason? My Cordoba 30c has a nearly invisible seam between the bridge and soundboard.
Then I tried out a Cordoba 55R ($929) and, although I have never been a big fan of spruce tops, I really liked the 55R. I did not seem as bright as most spruce tops are. The sound is really good, I think I like the R3 sounds a little better, but the Cordoba 55R seems sturdier for some reason. It was heavier than the R3, and I cant figure out wether the back and sides are solid or not. The website does not specify. It did have some buzzing problems on the 5th string around frets 9, 10, 11. There doesn't seem to be any problem on the neck or frets... the only thing I can see wrong was the strings were in pretty bad shape, beyond needing replacement. The bridge on the 55R did not seem to be attached to the soundboard as well as my 30c.
If anyone has any input that might help me make a decision between the two, thanks in advance. I know it is probably better to buy used directly from the previous owner, but I am only buying a new guitar because I can get it on payments with a satisfaction gaurantee at guitar center.