Paulino Bernabé of Madrid

  • Year:

    1983 - stamped and signed by Paulino Bernabé under the front.

  • Body:

    Rosewood - possibly Madagascan rosewood - to be confirmed. With attractive centre fillet on the back and fine-line purflings.

  • Front:

    European spruce - with a some bearclaw figuring in the upper bout. With the well-recognised Bernabé rosette pattern and decoration to the top of the bridge tie-block. The front has a golden, ambered colour from the original colour in the shellac and also the effects of time.

  • Tuners:

    Unsure - possibly Schallers. The white buttons are aged but perfectly serviceable.

  • Scale:


  • Neck Width:

    53 mm at the nut

  • Weight:

    1704 grams

  • Condition:

    This guitar is in very good condition for a 1983 instrument. No repairs and no cracks. From the very good condition, we suspect the back and sides to be originally lacquered. The front looks to have been shellac french-polished - though it is difficult to be sure - the marks from a polishing rubber can be seen, which makes me think it is a dark lemon shellac. There are some marks and scratches on the treble-side and bass-side of the strings in the playing area.

  • Comments:

    This is a fine professional level, concert guitar made by Paulino Bernabé before the period when many differently-named models came out. Played in concerts for many years by French professional Jean-Marie Tréhard. A typical Madrid-style concert instrument with clear sound; clear and penetrating with good balance and refinement. The air resonance is just below G#.
    So - a fine Bernabé concert guitar, in good condition, made at the height of his career and before the days when there were significant doubts about who made what.

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  • Price:
    Sold November 2010
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