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.
For this guitar Bernd chose a cedar top that was very stiff, so that the dynamic range and tonal colors are as brilliant as his spruce guitars, but it also has the textured richness of cedar at the same time. Response is immediate across all registers and the liveliness of the guitar makes it a breeze to play on both the left and right hands. Aesthetically the guitar is a work of art: Bernd selected stunning materials used for the back and sides and head veneer. Meticulous attention was paid to detailing including the fine elements in the rosette and inlays in tie block. As usual, Bernd touches off details in the purfling with the subtle use of snakewood. Overall an extremely impressive instrument and fine example of this luthier’s best work.