As documented here ( viewtopic.php?f=107&t=113712&p=1217042#p1217042
) Jack Douglas and I did a somewhat detailed comparison between the 1989 Jacobson and the 1984 Bernabe at the Dream Guitar showroom. Since Dream Guitars has recordings of both of these guitars at their website (same player - same piece - probably the same recording conditions), I went back to hear them online again this morning. I played it through a reasonable quality/external sound card and a pair of reasonable quality monitor speakers.
Per the 'live experiment' the Jacobson, particularly when you go up the fretboard, was the superior sounding guitar by a non-trivial margin. Three sets of ears agreed with this, BTW. When listening to the recording I could hear the tonal quality difference that I heard live. But the 'size' of the difference was dramatically reduced. It is almost like a 'compressor pedal' on a guitar amplifier. But instead of compressing volume, the recording/playback process compresses tone quality.
It isn't like nobody else but me has experienced this as warnings about making judgments off records abound here and elsewhere in the guitar world. But having heard it on a one for one basis was most interesting.
ps. When/if either or both of these guitars are sold, the recordings will remain on the Dream Guitar website. But they will be moved and will best be found by going into the "Builders" page (there will be a link available to get you there).