Paulino Bernabe M-5 from 2010 – Classical guitar for highest demands, with exceptional sound quality!
Paulino Bernabe is considered to be among the rare elite of classical guitar makers. His guitars are played by many recording artists and are admired for their powerful, clear and sustaining sound.
When Paulino Bernabe (1932-2007) studied the guitar with Daniel Fortea, a pupil of Francisco Tárrega, he started developing an interest in lutherie. In 1954, young Paulino became an apprentice guitar maker, and then eventually the head artisan in the famous Jose Ramirez workshop. In 1969, Bernabe left Ramirez to establish his own workshop in Madrid.
Even though Paulino Bernabe was deeply rooted in the old Madrid School of guitar making, he was a great innovator and experimenter. He has developed his own strutting system and construction methods that allowed his guitars to have a unique sound with strong basses, clear trebles and a wide range of tone colors. His search for those sound qualities began in the early 1970’s with a radical at the time 5-strut bracing system of the soundboard (later increased this number to 7). More recently he started implementing a relatively complex multi-strutted layout with four struts projecting outward from the soundhole, as well as three fan braces at varied heights and thicknesses, and an innovative back design. All these innovations resulted in his instruments having a sweeter, yet clear and focused tone.
This guitar is a true piece of art. It has a very nice cedar top and excellent rosewood back and sides. The craftsmanship is of the very highest level.
It has a scale length of 650 mm and a nut width of 52 mm.
It is really a great sounding and playing concert guitar by every standard. It’s lightly braced and produces a big, hearty and full sound and at the same time remains very balanced and clear. The guitar plays incredibly well and the sound the sound is very mature with a warm nuance. Definitely an instrument with great character and a sound to fall in love with.
Although beeing a used guitar, it has no cracks or repairs – only minor playing wear in the finish.
The guitar comes with the original case.