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 Model 50 from Bernabe offers a variety of intriguing qualities. Stunning woods combined with an excellent craftsmanship result in an overall inspiring guitar. The curly grain of the Bocote rosewood is an absolute eye-catcher. Creamy smooth trebles with a lyrical Spanish sense mixed with the strong fundamental basses capture the perfect mix between a modern guitar and a traditional tone. The volume is pleasant and plenty for any required situation, Bernabe’s guitars are always easy to play and have a smooth setup. When playing on this guitar you immediately notice how responsive it is, the spruce top creates angelic overtones that fill a room with a beautiful shimmer.
|Back and sides:||Madagascar rosewood|
|Air resonance frequency:||F#|