Paulino Bernabe

Spain
Paulino Bernabe

(2 July 1932 – 10 May 2007)

 

Born in Madrid, Paulino Bernabe studied the classical guitar with Daniel Fortea, a pupil of Tárrega.  It was during these years that he developed an interest in guitar construction. In 1954, the young guitarist became an apprentice guitar maker, and eventually head artisan in the famed Ramirez workshop, during the time whenSegoviabegan to play Ramirez guitars.  In 1969, Bernabe left Ramirez and founded his own workshop inMadrid. While rooted in the generations old,MadridSchoolof guitar making, Bernabe was also an innovator and experimenter who developed his own strutting systems and construction methods. Bernabe began his quest for his sound ideals in the early 1970´s with a radical 5-strut bracing system of the soundboard, later modifying this number to 7. Later, he developed a relatively complex multi-strutted layout that includes four struts working outward from the soundhole, as well as three fan braces at varying heights and thicknesses, and an innovative back design.  The result is an instrument with a sweeter tone while still maintaining the original clarity and focus. Bernabe also used woods not common in classical guitars to further sculpt instrument´s sound capabilities.