Bernabe Especial - Spruce

Bernabe Especial - Spruce

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Description

An open and radiant voice, immediately giving her player wonderful feedback and an emotional response.

This is a bold opening statement but the character of the guitar encourages a bold response!

One of the first things that I noticed was the feed back to me as the player. For a brand new and un-played spruce guitar she already has a lot of sound and resonance allowing the player to become totally immersed in the music.

She definitely makes an impact, not in the levels of control, consistency or ‘stability’ but in the character of the sound, how much variety she can produce and in the sense of adventure and freedom of expression that she gives to her player.

In order to help warm up I started the guitar review by playing through a collection of Renaissance pieces by Mudarra (for a music review) and was surprised by the amount of definition and clarity available from such a resonant Spanish instrument. She is very responsive giving me distinct, interweaving counterpoint and crisp clear notes even in the lowest register and on a third string tuned to F sharp (normally I would play this music using a capo on the 2nd or 3rd fret especially for the low 3rd string).

It is quite difficult to describe the character of the guitar. I think that she BRINGS character to the music.

The top E is as clear as a bell, a glossy and brilliant tone, very articulate and responsive to subtle changes of angle and stroke. The inner trebles add depth with a rounder sound, surrounding the articulated notes with sonorous fruity resonance. The bass is firm and springy with huge scope in colour and volume, to put it simply (I think) a rich velvet sound picture with bite! The sonority and rounder middle register in no way detracts from a wonderful overall definition. Individual notes are concentrated and focussed so as I played the Theme from Ponce’s Folias Variations the complex voicing and resulting rich and dissonant harmony were easily highlighted and projected.

At this point I listened to Adrian play Birds flew over the Spire, important with this sort of instrument to hear it from the other side, and loved the effect of his strong right hand free stroke bringing out the colour and creating fantastic sustained ‘campanella’ harmonies’ which seemed to blossom and change as he let the notes sing and blend.

Villa Lobos Prelude no.3 showed me just how much volume the guitar has and also the range of sound from full on power chords and blossoming crescendos moving across the strings to seamless and engaging softer tones. The more I pushed the more she gave and I know will go further with a stronger right hand.

The perfect summary for my review was El Decameron by Brouwer. This is a piece of contrasts and description. The guitar gave me the sounds to build a story – punchy accents, clear and easy fast articulation, tone ranging from sharp and attacking to smooth and creamy, intense and rousing harmonies and gorgeous driving bass lines. Movement from ppp to fff seems effortless and as you play you just keep opening doors to new sounds, effects, textures and emotions.

This guitar needs to be played. She will give free, open and gorgeous sound to a less advanced player but is eager to be pushed to the limit as well; full of life and raring to go!

Selina.

The Especial uses a unique bracing system which delivers a quick and powerful balanced sound.

The Especial's design produces a guitar with excellent volume and tonal beauty.

Wood used for the Especial can be spruce or cedar which has been aged over a 20 year period.

The sides are double thickness utilising Madagascar Rosewood for the outer with an inner lining of Indian rosewood.

An open and radiant voice, immediately giving her player wonderful feedback and an emotional response.

This is a bold opening statement but the character of the guitar encourages a bold response!

One of the first things that I noticed was the feed back to me as the player. For a brand new and un-played spruce guitar she already has a lot of sound and resonance allowing the player to become totally immersed in the music.

She definitely makes an impact, not in the levels of control, consistency or ‘stability’ but in the character of the sound, how much variety she can produce and in the sense of adventure and freedom of expression that she gives to her player.

In order to help warm up I started the guitar review by playing through a collection of Renaissance pieces by Mudarra (for a music review) and was surprised by the amount of definition and clarity available from such a resonant Spanish instrument. She is very responsive giving me distinct, interweaving counterpoint and crisp clear notes even in the lowest register and on a third string tuned to F sharp (normally I would play this music using a capo on the 2nd or 3rd fret especially for the low 3rd string).

It is quite difficult to describe the character of the guitar. I think that she BRINGS character to the music.

The top E is as clear as a bell, a glossy and brilliant tone, very articulate and responsive to subtle changes of angle and stroke. The inner trebles add depth with a rounder sound, surrounding the articulated notes with sonorous fruity resonance. The bass is firm and springy with huge scope in colour and volume, to put it simply (I think) a rich velvet sound picture with bite! The sonority and rounder middle register in no way detracts from a wonderful overall definition. Individual notes are concentrated and focussed so as I played the Theme from Ponce’s Folias Variations the complex voicing and resulting rich and dissonant harmony were easily highlighted and projected.

At this point I listened to Adrian play Birds flew over the Spire, important with this sort of instrument to hear it from the other side, and loved the effect of his strong right hand free stroke bringing out the colour and creating fantastic sustained ‘campanella’ harmonies’ which seemed to blossom and change as he let the notes sing and blend.

Villa Lobos Prelude no.3 showed me just how much volume the guitar has and also the range of sound from full on power chords and blossoming crescendos moving across the strings to seamless and engaging softer tones. The more I pushed the more she gave and I know will go further with a stronger right hand.

The perfect summary for my review was El Decameron by Brouwer. This is a piece of contrasts and description. The guitar gave me the sounds to build a story – punchy accents, clear and easy fast articulation, tone ranging from sharp and attacking to smooth and creamy, intense and rousing harmonies and gorgeous driving bass lines. Movement from ppp to fff seems effortless and as you play you just keep opening doors to new sounds, effects, textures and emotions.

This guitar needs to be played. She will give free, open and gorgeous sound to a less advanced player but is eager to be pushed to the limit as well; full of life and raring to go!

Selina.

The Especial uses a unique bracing system which delivers a quick and powerful balanced sound.

The Especial's design produces a guitar with excellent volume and tonal beauty.

Wood used for the Especial can be spruce or cedar which has been aged over a 20 year period.

The sides are double thickness utilising Madagascar Rosewood for the outer with an inner lining of Indian rosewood.

Specification

Top

20 year old German Spruce or Canadian Cedar

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

Images

Guitar currently is stock

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

290mm

Lower Bout

370

Body Depth

130mm