German Vazquez Rubio (also known as G.V. Rubio) has been making guitars for over forty years and has developed his own signature sound that guitarists have come to love. He was born in 1952 in Paracho, Mexico where there is an abundance of fine luthiers (with few exceptions all of the finest guitars in Mexico come from Paracho). German's first formal training began at eleven years old when he left school to help support his seven siblings and work for his uncle Manuel Rubio at his workshop. There even at his young age he made a conscious effort to make guitar building his life's work. In 1968 at the age of sixteen he made his first concert level guitar (hence his label reads 'desde 1968"). German has since been able to learn from many different master builders such as Felix Manzanero, Jose Romanillos and Thomas Humphrey. He now resides in Los Angeles, California where he builds a variety of both classical and flamenco models.
This is a beautiful instrument made by G.V. Rubio, here in California. Materials are very high quality and a pleasure to look at, including a perfectly quarter-sawn spruce top and elegant cypress back and sides. The shellac finish is applied with a level of attention to detail and perfection found in very few makers. Interestingly, this is a copy of the 1951 Marcelo Barbero guitar that was famously played by Sabicas and used to record his album "Flamenco Puro". Rubio's copy here is surprisingly light as a feather - like the original - and is extremely responsive to the touch with a big open sound. It has enormous volume and plenty of character and nuance. The trebles are very clear and easy to work with, and the basses are steady and full. Playability is a dream with very low flamenco action. Planetary pegs look like old-school pegs but are machined for ease of use. Overall, a beautiful-sounding flamenco blanca concert guitar for a great price.