This guitar was built by the legendary master luthier Santos Hernández in 1924. He was Manuel Ramírez´s best disciple, working for him for 23 years. In 1918 he opened his own workshop in 23 Aduana Street. Santos Hernández built around 300 guitars since 1916 until his very death. These guitars were used by many of the greatest guitarists of that time: Ramón Montoya, Andrés Segovia, Sabicas, Niño Ricardo, Regino Sainz de la Maza, etc.
The woods employed for the construction of this guitar are excellent. The top is made of German spruce, and cypress wood was used for the back and sides. All of those woods have got an outstanding uniformity and beauty.
Concerning the sound of the guitar, it´s simply beautiful. As soon as the first chord is heard, we will realize that this guitar is clearly better than the rest, with a very particular sound, which perfectly combines power and sweetness.
The guitar tension is medium-low, and the height of strings in saddle and fingerboard, perfectly balanced, so it is quite a comfortable guitar for both hands.
The guitar condition is remarkably good, especially taking into account that this guitar is more than 80 years old. The only small reparation this guitar has got is in the lower part of the side, made by Julián Gómez Ramírez, who was the most important journeyman for José Ramírez I. This reparation was carried out in Paris in 1938, all of which is stated in a hallmark inside the guitar. It goes without saying that every single part of this guitar (shellac, frets, bridge…) is completely original.