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 along with his son Paulino Jr. he built guitars 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 model has been developed as a cost-effective alternative to the more elaborate instruments from the Paulino Bernabe workshop and offers high sound quality and best playability e.g. for students or guitarists with a limited budget. A lovely honey-colored spruce top combined with straight-grained Indian rosewood back and sides result in a very appealing traditional instrument. It has a sound of touching purity and a great separation of voices. The handling of this guitar is extremely pleasant, and it sounds distinctly open for a new instrument. Overall a real source of inspiration for a demanding guitarist and a guitar with excellent price-performance ratio.
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