Paulino Bernabé(1932-2007) has been considered as
one of the most brilliant guitar makers of all times. After having
studied classical guitar with Daniel Fortea, a pupil of Francísco
Tárrega, P.B. began his career in the workshop of Ramirez, which he
directed until 1970, the year he started his own business.
In 1973 P.B. built his first guitar for Narciso Yepes, which
the maestro played until the end of his life. In 1974 the luthier
won the gold medal at the International Trade Fair for Craft Trades in Munich.
Today his son of the same name (*1960) is the head of the workshop.
The interview with Paulino Bernabé (father) was made in 1998 in
Madrid and it has been published in the German guitar magazin
Gitarre&Laute 1/1999. The photos were made by the Spanish photographer Juan José Delgado.
Thomas Karstens plays three instruments made by Paulino
Bernabé: A spruce top guitar from 1992, a cedar
top guitar from 1984 and a model after Torres´ »La
Suprema« from 2011. These three instruments can be heard on
the CD »The guitar is different«.