Grooveman JS wrote:I guess for me.....there's no reason why an instrument should be difficult to play regardless of the Label or who plays it.....The Classical Guitar is a very demanding; certain cases (virtuoso pieces) even gruelling repertoire; that's difficult enough.... so I'd think that luthiers would want to make guitars that have great ease of playability....do everything they can to facilitate playability; great responsiveness for both left & right hands (for the instrument is the player's voice) so the guitarist can devote to full musical expression of the repertoire.
The magic of the guitar lies in its unique charm... This charm is what Ramirez III clearly hit upon with the golden age 1a's, dimensions and all. Any "difficulty" is beyond worthwhile and if anything only adds to the magic. They are not supposed to be easy to play, and some of us wouldn't have it any other way! If you ever play a great one...a truly great one, she will captivate you like no other ever could. Many are not aware that there are the average specimens and then there are the real gems. Even the average specimens are something to behold, in the right hands, but the gems can simply take one's breath away.
Ramirez 1a cedar, 1978 (aka "Holy Grail") and Ramirez 1a 2006 650mm spruce: