1953. Labelled dated and signed by the maker.
Brazilian rosewood - straight-grained timber with simple boxwood or maple purfling and rosewood bindings. The guitar has an A10 certificate issued by the UK authorities in 2016 for the pre-convention Brazilian rosewood.
Body length:- 485 mm.
Top bout:- 279 mm wide & 90 mm deep.
Waist:- 242 mm & 92 mm deep.
Bottom bout:- 367 mm wide & 93 mm deep.
European spruce with a superb geometric rosette, so typical of the period, with black, reds and yellow. Rosewood bridge with bone-edged tie-block capping. Shellac french polished.
Original Lansdorfer Munich-shaped machine tuners with plain nickel silver side-plates and Bakalite? buttons.
652mm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard.
51mm with 42.5mm string spacing
The condition is good for a guitar of more than 60 years of age and all original with no repolishing.
The back and sides are crack-free with the exception of a shake / tight crackline in identical position on the ribs just below the waist. Could be cleated but questionably necessary. There is evidence of re-gluing the back bars which will have come unglued from the back and caused rattling at some stage.
The front quite a lot of playing wear and handling marks. There is jut one crack on the treble side down at the bottom, where there is sign of a mild impact.
The fingerboard is quite slim, so may have been re-planed and re-fretted.
Marcelo Barbero is considered by many to be amongst a handful of the most revered, legendary flamenco makers of the 20th century. His classical guitars are extremely rare and much admired. It is light in weight and deep in bass voice with a clear, penetrating treble like the earlier 20th century guitars; lovely to play.
The guitar has an A10 certificate issued by the UK authorities in 2016 for the pre-convention Brazilian rosewood - can therefore be legally exported; including USA, with a re-export permit.
To find any Barbero guitar in any condition is very hard these days, so to have a good-sounding classical is quite special.
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