Carlos Roberto Ribeiro, a miner from the city of Wenceslau Braz was born on December 16, 1964, as a child he moved with his 6 siblings to São Paulo in the early 1970s. At the age of 15, he had his first contact with stringed instruments in the Chess factory which made violas, guitars and cavaquinhos (Chess eventually closed down in 1989). Antônio Paulino Vieira, the owner of Chess, gave him a job and he learned the techniques of instrument construction. He left Chess to open his own workshop, in the Vila Gustavo neighborhood, north of São Paulo. At the beginning of his luthier career, in 1991 he used the name Carlos Ribeiro Luthier, but it was a long name and as he had the nickname of Carlinhos, everyone called him Carlinhos Luthier and so that became his brand name. In 2000, he moved to Wenceslau Braz, a small town in Minas Gerais, his hometown, where he has his athelier and continues to work in the world of music.
Carlinhos makes traditional Brazlilian banjos and cavacos.