Bernabe Especial 2008

Bernabe Especial 2008

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On first playing this guitar it is obvious that she is a powerful instrument with a firm and intense tone, loads of volume and projection and an overall presence that has quite an impact on player and listener.

My initial thought was that she was surprisingly easy to play with even, well supported tone, good control, with definition and clarity across the strings. These thoughts came from playing Carcassi studies where I was able to achieve clear direction and movement through scales and arpeggios as well as a huge (and I really mean that) range of dynamics.

The treble voice is bright and exciting matched by deep, ‘fruity’ and colourful basses giving her a vivid and exuberant character, loving strong playing and full harmonies. I spent some time experimenting with different sounds and found the responsiveness of this guitar also facilitated some lovely dolce tones with gentle finger strokes and it became obvious that she still has a lot to give and a lot more variety of sound to ‘grow’ into.

As the guitar warmed up the rich, full body of sound came to the fore, always with clarity and a good ‘edge’, in other words distinct articulation and speed of sound from my fingertip.

In Bach’s Prelude BWV999 I loved the bass line drive and the depth and fullness of sound in the middle of the range giving me some lovely ‘velvet’ timbre. I have just been introduced to a Sonata by Matteo Albeniz (1755-1831) and this gave me a great contrast to the Bach highlighting the crisp and sparkling upper treble and giving me excellent rhythmic character and movement.

In Standchen by Mertz I discovered lovely sustain and resonance that enabled me to play long phrases particularly in the rich bass voice, with overall clarity resulting in freedom in shaping and highlighting the individual voices in this piece.

At the moment I think that her treble voice is slightly held back in comparison to the bass through lack of playing over a period of time, but I am certain that this will quickly recover and, as I said earlier, grow and develop.

Finally (my current favourite) Ponce Folias variations really showed her strength with the big, deep and rousing harmony and great dissonances combining with clarity of voicing to give an intense and full bodied sound perfect for this dramatic, heavy and emotional music.

Selina

 

On first playing this guitar it is obvious that she is a powerful instrument with a firm and intense tone, loads of volume and projection and an overall presence that has quite an impact on player and listener.

My initial thought was that she was surprisingly easy to play with even, well supported tone, good control, with definition and clarity across the strings. These thoughts came from playing Carcassi studies where I was able to achieve clear direction and movement through scales and arpeggios as well as a huge (and I really mean that) range of dynamics.

The treble voice is bright and exciting matched by deep, ‘fruity’ and colourful basses giving her a vivid and exuberant character, loving strong playing and full harmonies. I spent some time experimenting with different sounds and found the responsiveness of this guitar also facilitated some lovely dolce tones with gentle finger strokes and it became obvious that she still has a lot to give and a lot more variety of sound to ‘grow’ into.

As the guitar warmed up the rich, full body of sound came to the fore, always with clarity and a good ‘edge’, in other words distinct articulation and speed of sound from my fingertip.

In Bach’s Prelude BWV999 I loved the bass line drive and the depth and fullness of sound in the middle of the range giving me some lovely ‘velvet’ timbre. I have just been introduced to a Sonata by Matteo Albeniz (1755-1831) and this gave me a great contrast to the Bach highlighting the crisp and sparkling upper treble and giving me excellent rhythmic character and movement.

In Standchen by Mertz I discovered lovely sustain and resonance that enabled me to play long phrases particularly in the rich bass voice, with overall clarity resulting in freedom in shaping and highlighting the individual voices in this piece.

At the moment I think that her treble voice is slightly held back in comparison to the bass through lack of playing over a period of time, but I am certain that this will quickly recover and, as I said earlier, grow and develop.

Finally (my current favourite) Ponce Folias variations really showed her strength with the big, deep and rousing harmony and great dissonances combining with clarity of voicing to give an intense and full bodied sound perfect for this dramatic, heavy and emotional music.

Selina

Specification

Top

German Spruce

Back

Madagascar Rosewood

Sides

Madagascar Rosewood - double sides

Neck

Honduras Cedar

F/board

Ebony

Finish

Goma Laca - Hand Varnished

Tuners

Rubner German - Ebony buttons

Case

Hiscox Pro-GCL-L

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Guitar currently is stock

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

290mm

Lower Bout

370

Body Depth

130mm