P. 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.
The Especial model is one of the most emblematic guitars build by Paulino Bernabe. It is a first-class concert guitar that unites all the must-have qualities of a great instrument, displaying a brilliant powerful tone, an exceedingly broad spectrum of sound-colour possibilities, a great dynamic range and fluid playability. This instrument has cypress double sides and a traditional typical Bernabe bracing. At least 20-year-old timber was chosen with the outermost strict requirements, and the setup offers ideal left-hand comfort. The guitar has only minimal signs of playing on the soundboard and is otherwise in extraordinarily good condition and has a pleasantly warm sound that is expressive and easy to shape. It is an established model among professional guitarist and this very guitar shows why P. Bernabe’s guitars are among the best Spanish instruments.
|Back and sides:||Madagascar rosewood|
|Air resonance frequency:||G|