Bernabe M 20 - Cedar

Bernabe M 20 - Cedar

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Description

 

As soon as I started to play this guitar I felt that it was a purposeful and confident instrument – by this I mean clear, defined and firm tone that supports the player in what ever they do.

I was immediately aware of the strength and support within her voice due to the characteristic Bernabe depth of sound with broad and focused resonance. On first playing it is obvious that she is not a flamboyant guitar, at the moment the sound is characterized by defined and even tone with a firm feel. This indicates potential, a guitar with the quality to grow and open out as you play, something I discovered in doing my review over 2 days.

The eveness and definition that I have described really came to the fore as I played pieces from Mertz’s Bardenklange (that I am currently reviewing). This music is all about drama, character and texture using the natural attributes of the classical guitar and it quickly became clear that the M20 is an excellent example – a guitar that helps the player develop technically of course but, more importantly, as a musician.

She has a lovely smooth and golden treble with great consistency over the range of the fingerboard and the ability to easily produce legato, singing melody. The bass character is vibrant with intense and ‘fruity’ tone that is very direct and concentrated.

She is definitely a guitar that needs to be pushed. She has a secure and confident voice that gives you a lovely immediate sound but as I played I realized that really this is a quality blank canvass that has so much more to offer in the hands of an enthusiastic player. In Prelude BWV by Bach the vitality of the bass tone gave me support and direction for the arpeggios, with clarity of sound highlighting the wonderful harmonic movement through this piece.

The strength of the guitar blossomed in Villa Lobos Prelude no.3 with attack and substance blending with overall radiance and great balance across the strings, ideal for the very wide ranging melodic lines and ‘power’ chords in this piece.

In fact distinct, consistent, ample tone and a true balance across the strings really define this instrument allowing you to turn your hand to all styles of music with confidence.

In Abendlied by Mertz there is a section where a melody consisting of log sustained notes is accompanied by quiet sextuplets of murmuring semiquavers. This can be quite difficult to pull off but she responded cleanly and clearly to very light right hand touch enabling me to get the contrast and rhythm that I required.

To finish I enjoyed full depth and impact of tone playing Ponce Folias Variations – big romantic sound!

Looking for something to move you forward and push you?

This guitar fits the bill!
Selina.

 

 

As soon as I started to play this guitar I felt that it was a purposeful and confident instrument – by this I mean clear, defined and firm tone that supports the player in what ever they do.

I was immediately aware of the strength and support within her voice due to the characteristic Bernabe depth of sound with broad and focused resonance. On first playing it is obvious that she is not a flamboyant guitar, at the moment the sound is characterized by defined and even tone with a firm feel. This indicates potential, a guitar with the quality to grow and open out as you play, something I discovered in doing my review over 2 days.

The eveness and definition that I have described really came to the fore as I played pieces from Mertz’s Bardenklange (that I am currently reviewing). This music is all about drama, character and texture using the natural attributes of the classical guitar and it quickly became clear that the M20 is an excellent example – a guitar that helps the player develop technically of course but, more importantly, as a musician.

She has a lovely smooth and golden treble with great consistency over the range of the fingerboard and the ability to easily produce legato, singing melody. The bass character is vibrant with intense and ‘fruity’ tone that is very direct and concentrated.

She is definitely a guitar that needs to be pushed. She has a secure and confident voice that gives you a lovely immediate sound but as I played I realized that really this is a quality blank canvass that has so much more to offer in the hands of an enthusiastic player. In Prelude BWV by Bach the vitality of the bass tone gave me support and direction for the arpeggios, with clarity of sound highlighting the wonderful harmonic movement through this piece.

The strength of the guitar blossomed in Villa Lobos Prelude no.3 with attack and substance blending with overall radiance and great balance across the strings, ideal for the very wide ranging melodic lines and ‘power’ chords in this piece.

In fact distinct, consistent, ample tone and a true balance across the strings really define this instrument allowing you to turn your hand to all styles of music with confidence.

In Abendlied by Mertz there is a section where a melody consisting of log sustained notes is accompanied by quiet sextuplets of murmuring semiquavers. This can be quite difficult to pull off but she responded cleanly and clearly to very light right hand touch enabling me to get the contrast and rhythm that I required.

To finish I enjoyed full depth and impact of tone playing Ponce Folias Variations – big romantic sound!

Looking for something to move you forward and push you?

This guitar fits the bill!
Selina.

 

Specification

Top

Canadian Cedar

Back

Double Back Madagascar Rosewood

Sides

Madagascar Rosewood

Neck

Cedar

F/board

Ebony

Finish

Nitro Cellulose

Tuners

Rubner - German

Case

Hiscox Pro GCL-L

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Guitar currently is stock

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

295mm

Lower Bout

380mm

Body Depth

100mm