Bernabé Sr. (* 2. Juli 1932 in Madrid; † 10. Mai 2007 Madrid) was one of the greatest and most renowned luthiers from Spain. Before he founded his first workshop in 1969, where he worked along with his son Paulino Jr. from the 1980s onwards, Paulino Sr. worked in José Ramirez III’s workshop in the 1950s and 1960s. Bernabe guitars are still played in major venues all around the world today. Thibaut Garcia for instance, the winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition, has been playing on a Bernabe for several years.
This wonderful 2004 Paulino Bernabé Sr. Concierto model is a great example of a very well maintained and matured guitar with spruce top. Besides its very attractive appearance with the honey-colored soundboard, its tone is also very developed, open, and full of resonance. A homogeneous, rich, and projecting voice is inherent in this guitar. Its condition is also very good, showing only superficial signs of playing and no cracks or repairs. Such well-preserved Paulino Bernabé Sr. guitars are rare, especially from the end of his career, and this example, hand-signed by the maestro on the label, is a real gem.
|Back and sides:||Santos Rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||G#|
|Case:||Hiscox Pro II|