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The Spanish luthier Paulino Bernabé Roman (born in 1960) is a world class maker as was his father, Paulino Bernabé Almendariz (1932-2007). The elder Bernabé had studied guitar with Daniel Fortea, one of Tarrega’s students, and was the foreman and head artisan of the José Ramirez III workshop, during the 1960s when Segovia started playing Ramirez guitars. Both guitars he made for Ramirez which bear his initials PB, and those he made under his own label are highly sought after by collectors. In 1969, Paulino left Ramirez and opened his own shop in Madrid. In 1974, he received the gold medal at the 1974 International Crafts Exhibition in Munch. In 1982, he was named artisan of the year by the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid.

Although Paulino Bernabé II, had literally grown up in his father’s shop, he formally began working with his father in the early 1980s, soon after finishing his military service in the Army’s Polytech School in Madrid. Father and son worked side by side for more than twenty-five years. Paulino Sr described his son as "his best and most faithful disciple,” and his work became indistinguishable from his father’s. Like his father, Paulino Jr. is a not only a superb craftsman, but also an experimenter constantly seeking to improve both construction methods and various sound qualities of the guitar. 

The sound of Bernabé II concert classical guitars have a bold Spanish tone, with robust basses, and strong trebles. They are not only tonally rich, but   uniquely powerful, clear, and focused, with great sustain, projection and punch. Because of these qualities his classical guitars are widely used by many concert guitarists.

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1998 Paulino Bernabe, Model Imperial

Top: Aged German Spruce
Back & Sides: Figured Ziricote
Price: $11,000.00

This is a very rare and beautiful guitar by legendary Spanish Luthier, Paulino Bernabe Sr (1932-2007). Paulino Bernabe was born in 1932, studied guitar with Daniel Fortea, one of Tarrega's students.

2011 Paulino Bernabe, Model Torres Concert Classical Guitar

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: Inquire

Paulino Bernabe's model Torres is based on an 1864 Torres in his collection. Although the style of this copy is true to the original generally, it isn't stuck entirely in the 19th century, and so incorporates some nice touches, such as Bernabe's new bridge that looks the same,  but maintains an optimal string angle over the saddle.

2014 Paulino Bernabe, PB Concierto Model Classical Guitar

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $9,950.00

The PB line of guitars are instruments that Paulino Bernabe builds himself in his personal workshop in his home. This guitar is truly a world class concert guitar made with the finest materials available.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, PB Especial

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $9,250.00

The PB Especial is a guitar that Paulino Bernabe builds himself in his personal workshop in his home. It is one step of above the PB concierto model, and is essentially identical to it in quality of materials, differing only in one important respect, the sides are lined with cypress-- a technique that increases volume and projection.

2014 Paulino Bernabe, PB Concierto Model Classical (Spruce)

Top: Aged German Spruce
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $8,950.00

The PB line of guitars are instruments that Paulino Bernabe builds himself in his personal workshop in his home.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, PB Concierto

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: Inquire

The PB line of guitars are instruments that Paulino Bernabe builds himself in his personal workshop in his home. This guitar is truly a world class concert guitar made with the finest materials available.

2014 Paulino Bernabe, Model Ideal Concert Classical Guitar

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $7,500.00

This is Paulino Bernabe's latest model which he calls the ideal. Paulino showed me the prototype last summer when I stayed with him. I was impressed then, and I am even more so  with the final product.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 50 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $6,950.00

From the workshop of Paulino Bernabe this model 50 is handmade classical guitar suitable for concert performances. It is a gorgeous instrument made with Madagscar rosewood back and sides, and Canadian cedar top.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 50 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $6,950.00

From the workshop of Paulino Bernabe this model 50 is handmade classical guitar suitable for concert performances. It is a gorgeous instrument made with Madagscar rosewood back and sides, and German spruce top.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 50

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $6,950.00

From the workshop of Paulino Bernabe this model 50 is handmade classical guitar suitable for concert performances. It is a gorgeous instrument made with Madagscar rosewood back and sides, and Canadian cedar top.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 50

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $6,950.00

The model 50 is handmade classical guitar from the workshop of Paulino Bernabe which is suitable for concert-level performance. It is a gorgeous instrument made with Madagscar rosewood back and sides, and German spruce soundboard.

2014 Paulino Bernabe, Concert Model Flamenco Guitar

Top: Aged German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Price: Inquire

This Paulino Bernabe concert model flamenco guitar is handmade using aged German spruce from the 1960s, and Spanish cypress that is at least 40 years old.  It is made using the traditional system of bars and fan bracing.

2009 Paulino Bernabe, M-50 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Caviuna rosewood (machaerium scleroxylon)
Price: $6,495.00

Paulino Bernabe, a member of Madrid school of luthiers, is widely considered to be a world class luthier, and his guitars are widely used by professional players. This M-50 is the top of his M line of guitars, the next level being his PB line.

2015 Paulino Bernabe, Concert Flamenco Guitar

Top: Aged German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Price: $6,250.00

This Paulino Bernabe concert model flamenco guitar is handmade using aged German spruce from the 1960s, and Spanish cypress that is at least 40 years old.  It is made using the traditional system of bars and fan bracing.

2012 Paulino Bernabe, Model 2 Professional Concert Flamenco

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Cypress
Price: Inquire

The Paulino Bernabe model 2 is a fablous flamenco guitar that has everything professional flamenco players demand: a fast confortable action, trebles that sing in every register and have a certain sizzle, basses that are full-and solid, a wonderful rasp and growl, a depth and seriousness of tone worthy of cante jondo,  balance,  and great intonation.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 20 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $4,950.00

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The Paulino Bernabe model 20 is a professional level concert guitar built to his highest standards of workmanship.· It is made from all-solid woods, carefully selected for their quality and tonal properties by Paulino Bernabe.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 20 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Madagascar rosewood
Price: $4,950.00

The Model 20 comes from the workshop of Paulino Bernabe in Madrid. They are constructed by luthiers using Paulino's designs, and working under his supervision. Each is made using carefully selected, fine woods.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 10 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
Price: $3,600.00

The model 10 is made in the workshop of Paulino Bernabe. They are constructed by luthiers using Paulino's designs, and working under his supervision. Each is made using carefully selected, fine woods.

2013 Paulino Bernabe, Model 10 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
Price: $3,600.00

The model 10 is made in the workshop of Paulino Bernabe. They are constructed by luthiers using Paulino's designs, and working under his supervision. Each is made using carefully selected, fine woods.

2015 Paulino Bernabe, Model 10 Concert Classical Guitar

Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
Price: $3,600.00

The model 10 is made in the workshop of Paulino Bernabe. They are constructed by luthiers using Paulino's designs, and working under his supervision.

 
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