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Arcángel Fernández was born in 1931 in Madrid. After training as a cabinetmaker, and that was his job for a few years. Then in the early 1950s, for a short while, he earned his living as a flamenco guitarist. He met Marcelo Barbero, who took a liking to him and offered him a job in his workshop. For two years, until Barbero's death in 1956, Arcángel Fernández took care of the finishing touches and carried out repairs. When Barbero died, Arcángel Fernández (then 25) worked for his widow, and made the guitars that had been ordered from Barbero. He opened his own workshop in 1957 and very quickly gained prominence both in Spain and abroad. The greatest flamenco guitarists of the time played his guitars and many regard Arcángel Fernández as one of the greatest luthiers of the late 20th century. He retired in 2011 with about 800 guitars to his name. All the while, he had remained faithful to Barbero’s teachings.
The guitar we offer is remarkable for its aesthetic and tone beauty, with a deep and expressive timbre wholly in keeping with this great luthier’s reputation.