In 1976, German-born luthier Bernd Martin moved to Granada, Spain to master the art of guitar making. He apprenticed in the workshops of Antonio Durán and Jose Lopez Bellido, and also received the tutelage of Eduardo Ferrer. Bernd was the first (of many) non-Spaniards to establish himself as a guitar maker in the city of the Alhambra, with a workshop in the Albayzín district. In 1999 he won first prize in the "Concurso Nacional de Lutheria" (National Luthiery Competition) organized by J. L. Romanillos. GSI is pleased to be the exclusive US representative for Bernd Martin and his son Lucas Martin.
This guitar is a perfect example of what makes the "Granada style" so attractive to the most meticulous of players - it is easy to play for both left and right hand; has quick response across all registers; excellent volume and projection, and perhaps most importantly - a beautiful, lyrical quality of sound. Finally, craftsmanship and materials are superb - the elegant lines in the rosette and detail work frame the instrument beautifully, and the spruce used for the soundboard has gorgeous cross grain silk from having been sawn right on the quarter. The Indian rosewood back and sides are striking with the elegant use of snakewood in the purfling. Simply an exquisite guitar to both eye and ear. As fine an example of this luthier's best work we have offered to date.