why don't you take that Ramirez into a luthier and see if they can "tweak" the action and playability a little more to your tastes?
Martin, thank you, and very good ideas... but alas I've had stuff done to it over the years. When it was still relatively new, I had a new nut cut for it, which effectively narrowed the fingerboard, and the saddle lowered. Also had the neck planed a little bit to reduce the thickness. Years later, when it was due for refret anyway, I had an excellent luthier make a new fingerboard with a slight radius. That really did help -- somewhat.
I know so many people argue that scale length doesn't matter, but it truly does in my case. I don't even have particularly tiny hands, but much as I love this beautiful guitar, it's still a beast for me. My college teacher (a guy with good sized hands) used to say it was like playing a 2x4, and he wasn't wrong! But I bought it for *that sound*.
Now though, with a new guitar with a shorter scale, I've made so very much more progress, that I can now occasionally pick up the Ramirez and play it pretty decently, but only for so long.Maybe I'm more in love with the memory of the Ramirez than the actual guitar... and I gotta admit I love my new guitar just as much!
If it weren't for the fact that I like to have a second just-in-case guitar, I'd probably sell it. I don't play publicly that much to really need it... I do have an old Guild that could be my "emergency back-up", that's quite playable... but having been spoiled rotten first by my Ramirez and now my Connor, it's really, really hard to go back.
I appreciate the kind words, very much!