German Vazquez Rubio "Francisco Barba"
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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 guitar was built to be an exact copy of a Barba negra, down to the headstock and the famous Barba roses rosette. German Vazquez Rubio is one of the few makers building flamenco guitars today who could authentically replicate the work of this great maker from Seville. This guitar sounds much like a Barba negra too - excellent volume and Spanish voice, evenness across the strings and up and down the neck - and is extremely easy to play with a perfect set up. A rare opportunity to own a large portion of that signature Barba character and feel at a fraction of the price. Although used the guitar is in excellent condition with barely any signs of prior use.
Luthier Bio: German Vazquez Rubio