Classical guitar Marcelo Barbero 1945

This classical guitar was made by the legendary guitar maker Marcelo Barbero in Madrid, 1945. This maker is regarded as one of the most important flamenco guitar craftsmen ever. After Santos Hernández’s death, his widow, Matilde Ruiz, ordered Marcelo Barbero the making of Santos’ unfinished guitars before his premature death in 1943, thus employing the workshop and tools located in 23 Aduana Street, Madrid. Thanks to that, Marcelo learned and
discovered some little tricks secrets Santos had when making his guitars, becoming his only disciple and apprentice, even if just indirectly. This is why Barbero’s guitars after this time are the most valued by instrument collectors all around the world. This guitars stand out for their light weight and outstanding acoustic response, quick and accurate, but also full of flamenco character.

It is truly surprising to see for ourselves the quality of these woods, as well as the extreme perfection of its making. The German spruce top has a really marked, even and straight grain all along its surface. The back and sides are made of extremely beautiful and high quality Brazilian rosewood. This is a special model for concerts, for which the very best woods were selected, as well as a top-notch pegbox and mother-of-pearl hands.

We have not had the pleasure of listening to the sound of this guitar yet, as the bridge is slightly detached. However, the tension on the top and the resonance it produces as it is struck by the fingertips makes us think it will be something magical, special.

It is almost impossible to find guitars made by this craftsman, but it is even more difficult to find them in this superb condition. Only the bridge and some parts of the fileteria are detached, and there is a crack on the back, really common in guitars which have spent most of their life in Madrid´s particularly dry climate. This guitar has always belonged to the same owner. After their passing, the instrument was kept into an attic for more than forty years, thus preventing it from getting in touch with light. Therefore, the varnish has remained in optimal conditions for the preservation of the guitar.

We hope to be able to record videos with this guitar shortly, thus showing the whole world this special sound from Marcelo Barbero´s guitar. One of the top three luthiers in history, indeed.


Additional Information



German spruce

Back and sides

Brazilian rosewood

Scale length

665 mm


French polish



String height 12th fret

2.5 mm

Saddle height

10.0 mm

Nut width

50 mm

Dist. between 1st-6th string at the nut

45 mm

Dist. between 1st-6th string at the saddle

58 mm


1350 gr


Very good – original

Included case


Optional case (plus 500 €)

BAM Panther 8002XLB Hightech

Video recorded with strings

Luthier Set 20 (nylon trebles)