Richard Jernigan wrote:Much of Barrios's music was notated by his students. Some of the current publications are transcribed from recordings. But we have many pieces in Barrios's own hand, some written out fairly quickly for students, others masterpieces of musical calligraphy.
As for steel strings, I have read that he only used a steel first string. Nowadays "silk 'n steel" sets are available with steel trebles and metal wound nylon basses, at no higher tension than nylon--or than gut was in Barrios's day. I don't know what gauge steel string(s) Barrios used.
One of Barrios's guitars was sold last year at an auction supervised by the luthier Richard Brune. I'll rummage around and see whether I can find the announcement, and what it has to say about the guitar's condition and any repairs. I note that in the Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers no. 52 there is an article by Brune about his restoration of a 1927 Simplicio that belonged to Barrios, but I don't have that issue of the Journal.
yes, please let me know, he fascinates me, all the info i stated above was from Stover, and he supposedly went "In search of" his life story. that Renaldo Bellucci guy from Paraguay who manufacturers questionable guitars supposedly has one of Barrios guitar that he restored as well.