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 Concierto model has a fantastic sound projection and volume, making it ideal for concert performances. It has a clear and refined tone, very balanced with a long bell-like sustain. Its voice is indeed very satisfying and this instrument projects strongly so that it can easily fill an auditorium. The wide range of colors, the great dynamic possibilities, and the generous resonance make this guitar a truly expressive instrument. Also the craftsmanship and the excellent timber are strikingly beautiful. A gorgeous spruce top matched in an alluring harmony with the back and sides made from Madagascar rosewood.
|Back and sides:||Madagascar Rosewood|