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800 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL, 60201
United States


I began making guitars in 1966 in Dayton Ohio, where I worked out of my house. From 1968-1970 I lived in Mexico City, returning during the summers to build instruments at the Dayton location. 

During this time I was studying Anthropology and playing flamenco guitar professionally in various troupes in Mexico and around the U.S. In 1972 I moved to Chicago and worked briefly out of the back of a music store before moving to my present location in 1973. 

At that point I gave up any pretensions of being a professional guitarist and dedicated myself full time to lutherie.


My 800 Greenwood Street shop has undergone several renovations and changes over the years, the most recent being the 1995 massive renovation I did of the outside and inside of the building. 

As a result, my building is now climate controlled throughout the entire 4,000 square feet, and it has now acquired a nicer facade, with more interior showroom space than was previously available. 

Consequently, we are better able to serve those who prefer to visit the shop to select an instrument from our extensive inventory, which is housed in glass fronted rosewood cabinets. Being able to play many instruments side by side is very helpful in making a final selection, and we have full repair/restoration facilities on the premises for minor action adjustments to major restorations of valuable collector instruments.

1928 Hermann Hauser

1928 Hermann Hauser Llobet Model (Germany), 640 mm scale, 50 mm nut with strings spaced at 41.5 mm on center, spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, ex collection of the late American jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd, who obtained the guitar from his teacher, the late Sophocles Papas who acted as a sales agent for the Hauser family for many years in Washington, D.C.  This instrument was restored by Marshall Bruné 2005-2006 after it was purchased from the estate of Charlie Byrd.  The restoration entailed replacing the original fingerboard, which Charlie had cut down to remove the “zero” fret, plugging a pick-up jack hole in the treble side, replacing the non-original bridge with a correct reproduction bridge, re-repairing many cracks, and removing the non-original lacquer and replacing with french polish in the style of Hauser.  Additional restoration details are available on request.  While this extensive restoration work was necessary due to decisions made by Charlie when this was his main instrument (see photo), the good news is that the plate thicknesses all around are still well within the normal Hauser measurements, the top still measures around 2.5 mm which is actually on the thick side for the top measurements of Hauser Llobet (640 mm) models which usually run 2.0- 2.4 mm.  The transformation of the instrument after restoration was nothing short of miraculous, it is a shockingly powerful and colorful guitar, capable of great expression, color and nuance.  The action is very easy and comfortable to play and the history and provenance are golden.  We should also point out that the label has the additional hand written Hauser phrase, “manu propria,” indicating that the instrument was made personally by Hauser’s own hand, not assistants.  If you are looking for a great sounding Hauser with terrific provenance and don’t want to break the bank, this is a great choice.  $80,000