Bernabe M 15 - Spruce

Bernabe M 15 - Spruce

Base price for variant: £2,375.00
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Description

This guitar gives a wonderful first impression with a voice full of life and colour, excellent and fluid projection, and great variety of tone for this early stage in the life of a spruce guitar. I was particularly impressed with a sparkling clarity across the treble strings, a polished and seemingly effortless sound that is balanced, intense and focussed. I was so taken with it that I started with the opening of the 4th Lute suite by Bach (not a great idea with no warm up!) and found definition and evenness across the whole range with a ‘crystal’ tone singing loud and clear.

The bass voice is full bodied and rich, a really shapely and ‘fruity’ sound that is very strong but by no means dominates the guitar. This is probably the most notable quality of the guitar for me, a lovely sense of balance across the bass and treble voices that enables her player to control and highlight all parts of the music with ease.

She is already beautifully open, a free and full tone overall with real substance and a warmth and easiness that helps the player to feel confident. In Birds flew over the Spire I felt that I could sit back and allow the music to sing, with excellent sustain and blending of harmonies combined with distinct and smooth melodic lines and a lovely overall glow.

The balance came to the fore in Nocturne by Mertz with very clear voicing and a wonderful and subtle variety of tone that is so engaging and musical. At this stage I am mostly thinking what great fun this guitar is to play!

Nineteenth century music is full of drama, emotion and, very often, humour and this guitar has all the characteristics needed. In Belle by Ferrer I felt a real freedom of expression. The speed of response and articulation allows for crisp and accurate fast passages contrasting with silky and sonorous dolce melodies, striking accents and sfz and a brilliant ‘pompous’ rhythmical and extravagant bass melody section (if you do not know this piece you should try it – a real hoot!). I just love all of the variety; I could move from vibrant and exciting to soft and mellow, stirring and intense to rich and velvety, all with ease. With all of this excitement the overall voice remains smooth and fluid. In Prelude BWV 999 by Bach I loved the separation and ability to highlight individual notes and voices within smooth and graceful flowing semiquavers. I particularly enjoyed the bass line here, the way that I could control the shape and how the clarity of articulation helped to highlight rests and momentum.

As you may have gathered I love this guitar! She shows a quality above and beyond her price. She has an exciting and colourful character with vitality, projection and radiance as well as charm and great control.

Definitely an instrument to bring a smile to your face.

This guitar gives a wonderful first impression with a voice full of life and colour, excellent and fluid projection, and great variety of tone for this early stage in the life of a spruce guitar. I was particularly impressed with a sparkling clarity across the treble strings, a polished and seemingly effortless sound that is balanced, intense and focussed. I was so taken with it that I started with the opening of the 4th Lute suite by Bach (not a great idea with no warm up!) and found definition and evenness across the whole range with a ‘crystal’ tone singing loud and clear.

The bass voice is full bodied and rich, a really shapely and ‘fruity’ sound that is very strong but by no means dominates the guitar. This is probably the most notable quality of the guitar for me, a lovely sense of balance across the bass and treble voices that enables her player to control and highlight all parts of the music with ease.

She is already beautifully open, a free and full tone overall with real substance and a warmth and easiness that helps the player to feel confident. In Birds flew over the Spire I felt that I could sit back and allow the music to sing, with excellent sustain and blending of harmonies combined with distinct and smooth melodic lines and a lovely overall glow.

The balance came to the fore in Nocturne by Mertz with very clear voicing and a wonderful and subtle variety of tone that is so engaging and musical. At this stage I am mostly thinking what great fun this guitar is to play!

Nineteenth century music is full of drama, emotion and, very often, humour and this guitar has all the characteristics needed. In Belle by Ferrer I felt a real freedom of expression. The speed of response and articulation allows for crisp and accurate fast passages contrasting with silky and sonorous dolce melodies, striking accents and sfz and a brilliant ‘pompous’ rhythmical and extravagant bass melody section (if you do not know this piece you should try it – a real hoot!). I just love all of the variety; I could move from vibrant and exciting to soft and mellow, stirring and intense to rich and velvety, all with ease. With all of this excitement the overall voice remains smooth and fluid. In Prelude BWV 999 by Bach I loved the separation and ability to highlight individual notes and voices within smooth and graceful flowing semiquavers. I particularly enjoyed the bass line here, the way that I could control the shape and how the clarity of articulation helped to highlight rests and momentum.

As you may have gathered I love this guitar! She shows a quality above and beyond her price. She has an exciting and colourful character with vitality, projection and radiance as well as charm and great control.

Definitely an instrument to bring a smile to your face.

Specification

Top

German Spruce

Back

Indian Rosewood

Sides

Indian Rosewood

Neck

Honduras Cedar

F/board

Ebony

Finish

Nitro Cellulose

Tuners

Golden

Case

Hiscox Pro GCL-L

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

285mm

Lower Bout

370mm

Body Depth

100mm