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 is a flamenco 'negra' guitar, which has special significance for Bernd – 'Duende' is everywhere in Sacromonte and Bernd's wife is a flamenco dancer and singer – and his instruments are appreciated by professionals as fonts of inspiration not just in Spain but everywhere around the world where flamenco is played. For this guitar, Bernd chose his best materials, including an amazing set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides, and of course his trademark use of snakewood for inlay material. Soundwise, it has great bite and growl, with a thinner, livelier neck (than his classicals) and easy low action. Response is immediate across all registers . Overall an extremely impressive instrument and fine example of this luthier's best work.