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Camino Martinez 1306 30th of May 2013 by editor 30th of May 2013
Guitarras Ramírez

Located just behind the Puerta del Sol is one of the city’s oldest and most famous Spanish guitar shops, whose past client list even includes the late, great maestro Andrés Segovia, writes Camino Martínez

Whether you are an aficionado of Spanish guitars or not, the historic Guitarras Ramírez shop is certainly worth checking out. It was founded in 1882 by the madrileño José Ramírez, who used to make and repair string instruments. He started his career at the Rastro, but then took the step of opening a shop, which is now run by the fifth generation of the Ramírez family. Initially, the location, with an upstairs workshop, was in Calle Concepción Jerónima, but the business moved to the current premises some years later. It’s situated just behind the clock tower in Puerta del Sol, and it stocks all kinds of wonderful guitars, catering for everyone from beginners to professionals. All of them are designed and handmade in the workshop (now located at Calle General Margallo, in the Tetuán neighbourhood). In addition to the instruments, they sell musical accessories, and some of the Ramírez family guitars are on display. Interestingly, the original owner gave one guitar as a present to the Spanish maestro Andrés Segovia (considered the best guitarist of the 20th century) at the beginning of his career, and that guitar was later displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, as an authentic piece of musical craftwork.

Guitarras Ramírez, Calle de la Paz, 8 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 531 42 29. See www.guitarrasramirez.com

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