It really depends on the personal tonal preferences. Bernabes have a specific tonal profile that some people dislike and some other people (me included) really like. They are also very touchy, unforgiving and sensitive to the type of strings, nail shape, plucking technique, even the saddle material etc. so it's easy to set up and play them wrong and they indeed may sound poor if you do that.Rasqeo wrote: ↑Fri May 03, 2019 5:42 pmI owned a Bernabe Especial for a while. It was a good but not outstanding guitar. The new price for an Especial in the UK is £8,000. That is overpriced given that you can buy an equivalent quality guitar from an independent luthier for £3-4k and at least you will know who made it.
Anyway, here is what a well-known luthier Aaron Green says about Bernabe:
"I consider Paulino Bernabe to be one of the finest luthiers of all time. Guitars that are of his own construction (as opposed to being made to his specifications) have always made a big impression on me."