1952 Marcelo Barbero


Make: Marcelo Barbero
Model: Concert Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: 1952
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Scale: 662mm
Nut: 50mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Sweden
Priced in US dollars

1952 Marcelo Barbero

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1952 Marcelo Barbero

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Make: Marcelo Barbero
Model: Concert Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: 1952
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Scale: 662mm
Nut: 50mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Sweden
Priced in US dollars

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PLEASE NOTE THIS GUITAR IS IN SWEDEN. It is priced in US DOLLARS.

Marcelo Barbero was born in Madrid in 1904. Marcelo was trained by José Ramirez II, and gave José Ramirez III his initial lessons in guitar building. When Santos Hernandez died in 1943, Marcelo went to his widow to see about taking over her husband's old shop. She employed Marcelo Barbero first to complete some guitars that Santos had left partially built, and then to make guitars for her. MarceloBarbero trained Arcángel Fernández. When Barbero died in 1956, his son Marcelo Barbero Jr. began an apprenticeship with José Ramirez, however, he left Ramirez after a couple of years. Marcelo's widow, then asked Arcángel Fernández to trainher son. Marcelo Jr. continued to work with Arcángel Fernández for the rest of his life. This guitar was made when Marcelo was at the hight of his powers. The guitar has had some work doneto it over the years, mostly prior to 1978. Most notably there is an old repair of a long crack on the back, done in traditional Spanish fashion, and nicely repaired cracks on the top along both sides of the fingerboard. The headstock had been converted from pegs at some point to machine tuners, but prior to 1978 was restored to use pegs again.  In 2005, the guitar's french polish was refreshed. Despite assorted repairs, it is overall in excellent playing condition. The action is at 3.5 mm and 3.mm at the 12th fret on 6th and 1st strings respectively, and there is enough bone on the saddle to lower the action some more. I am tempted to buy this guitar myself.