paulino bernabe at savino music.
I was born amongst guitars on June 9, 1960, in Madrid, in the workshop where my father worked.
We lived in the upper floor of the shop, and I was lucky enough that ever since I was very small I have always watched my father work with wood, selecting it carefully, treating it with love and respect. He always told me that he looked for the most noble woods, and that the wood always thanked him with quality by allowing him to build a good guitar.
Then, when my father became independent, a new time of his life, the workshop began in our family house on Loto street. I continued learning the secrets of the construction of guitars, directly from father to son; there was always much time spent in the workshop. I soon left my studies to do the work I loved, to work with my father full time.
At the age of 17 I began my career of guitar-making, as my father’s apprentice, with the best but most difficult master; he was always a perfectionist and he was always telling me the secrets of the use of the tools and the knowledge of the life of the woods. In this way, I first learned the secrets of my master, and then in time I could work in the same fashion as my father, always attentive to his advice and his good ways of seeing his profession as an art.
We worked together in this manner for 30 years. Even when we rested or we had vacations we were always thinking of the future and about how we could build the next Great Guitar. Now my father has passed and that challenge has become mine. I know my father is still with me, even after his death, helping me build my guitars, and that he is happy that he prepared me so well these 30 years to build guitars our way.