1981 Paulino Bernabe "10-String" CD/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||660 mm|
|Nut width||87 mm|
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Built in the famous old workshop at Cuchilleros in the center of Madrid (before relocating to the Loto location), this is a rare 10-string guitar which was selected by Narciso Yepes for one of his students in Barcelona. We have a signed letter stating this provenance from Godelieve Monden (Yepes' teaching assistant until his death) with whom he recorded several duo records as well. Even with the additional strings, this is a classic-sounding and playing Bernabe concert guitar. As is typical from this period, it features striking materials, particularly the gorgeous CSA rosewood back with lighter sapwood in the center contrasting with the darker heartwood at the exterior. Sound is big, hearty and full, yet very balanced and clear at the same time. The guitar plays and sounds fantastic, and has a huge, bold sound that earned Bernabe a reputation for making guitars with great power. Condition is excellent with no cracks or repairs, only some mild playing wear in the finish. 10-strings like this from this maker are exceptionally rare, so it is a true thrill for us to offer this fine instrument for sale.