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Paulino Bernabé was born in 1932 in Madrid. He learned to play the guitar with Daniel Fortea, Francisco Tárrega’s student. Paulino Bernabé then became interested in lutherie and joined the Ramirez workshop as an apprentice in 1954 — around the time when Segovia began playing on José Ramirez III guitars.
Paulino Bernabé opened his own workshop in Madrid in 1969. In 1974 he won the gold medal at the International Lutherie Exhibition in Munich. In the early 1980s his son joined the workshop ; he was to keep up the family tradition after Paulino Barnabé’s death in 2007.
This spruce guitar is typical of the Madrid sound of the time. The bass is deep and the treble is colourful and singing. This is a very beautiful instrument built by a legendary name to the highest standard of craftsmanship.