I spent the better part of last night playing my new Bernabe Imperial. Here are my impressions. The Spruce soundboards on these guitars are thick! They will take time to play in. Mine sounded stiff coming out of the case for the first time but two hours later, it was a different instrument. Someone trying out a new instrument for a few minutes might get a bad impression. Patience is the key. Even with so little time on it, the guitar has sweet trebles, growling basses and sustain to die for. The entire body of the guitar physically moves as it resonates. I'd never felt that in an instrument before. The BW back and sides are drop dead gorgeous. This is very old wood that can't be had anywhere today.
The case delivered with the instrument was very substandard. The dealer warned me about this. I have a customer Karura on the way. Other than the case issue, this instrument is worth ever penny I paid. As that thick top plays in over the next couple of years, I'm confident it's only going to get better. I expect all the work coming from PBJr. is of the same quality. It's my guess he's been the driving force in the business for some time.