Bernabe M20 vs M30


Bernabe M20 vs M30

Post by Buster » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:42 pm

I have a Bernabe M20 which is a beautiful sounding guitar but how much better is the m30? Does the difference between french polish and lacquer make a big difference?

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Re: Bernabe M20 vs M30

Post by Christopher Langley » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:06 pm

I know nothing but generally french polish is known to sound better.
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Re: Bernabe M20 vs M30

Post by Buster » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:34 pm

Has anyone played both?

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Re: Bernabe M20 vs M30

Post by rinneby » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:44 pm

I have a M30 from 1992, it sounds great. However, my guess is that its not a big step up from a M20.

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Re: Bernabe M20 vs M30

Post by eno » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:32 pm

Can't tell about M20 vs M30 but there is a difference between M-line models and PB-line models. PB-line are/were made personally by Bernabe (Sr or Jr or both) as opposed to M-line models that are/were made by other luthiers/workshops to Bernabe specs. So if your budget allows then it's better to buy a PB line model with the "PB" spamp on the label. A used PB-line guitar can be comparable in price to a new M-line one. India model is the cheapest in the PB-line family.

On the top finish topic: I refinished my Takamine C136S from original lacquer to French, the difference in sound was quite noticeable and the tone improved significantly. So yes, French polish makes a difference.
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Re: Bernabe M20 vs M30

Post by astro64 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:03 pm

I played an M30 cedar top once, and a M10 some time before that. The M30 was in a different class, very big sounding, bold guitar, lot of character.

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