1950 Marcelo Barbero w/pegs SP/CY
|Back & Sides||Cypress|
|Scale Length||662 mm|
|Nut width||50 mm|
Marcelo Barbero (1904-1956) is regarded as one of the greatest luthiers of the 20th century. The most common and well-known of his instruments are the flamenco guitars he produced in the mid-1940's until is death. These were made following time Barbero spent completing several unfinished Santos Hernandez guitars (Santos died in 1943) for Mathilde Ruiz, the widow of Santos. Not surprisingly, Barbero's instruments took on a strong resemblance to Santos after this stage of his career. This instrument was built at a period where Barbero had hit his peak, which he would retain until his untimely death just 6 years later. It is precisely the style of instrument that is today regarded as the archetypal flamenco guitar - featherlight build, huge bullet-like sound, immediate response and most importantly, a plump, a "juicy", simply beautiful sound. This is a fantastic example by one of (if not "the") most legendary flamenco makers and pioneers of the 20th century. Amazingly it has no cracks, no prior damage and no repairs. In addition to this amazing condition, the old-school pegs work as easily as modern tuners, even though they are the originals, and not replaced with modern "machined" pegs - no need for this guitar! Fantastic in every way and a rare example from one of the giants of flamenco history.