Manual López Bellido was born in 1939 in Granada, Spain. In his early teens he began work as a cabinetmaker. At 16, he worked as an apprentice in the Casa de Eduardo Ferrer. In 1960, he opened a workshop in Granada, which for several years he shared with legendary luthier Antonio Marin Montero. These two are credited with training many of Granada's finest luthiers. The Bellidos became a family well respected in the craft, as brother José López Bellido and son Jesús López Bellido also became luthiers.