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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.

1967 Jose Oribe

1967 Jose Oribe (U.S.A.)  No A-146, 658 mm scale, 52 mm nut, Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original Gold engraved Landsdorfer tuning machines with MOP buttons, original Oribe varnish.  Jose Oribe began making guitars in 1962, and from the beginning his guitars were masterpieces of technical execution, artistic design and flawless workmanship combined with spectacular wood selection and flawless finishing.  Jose has published a book on his methods and making philosophy called “The Fine Guitar,” which I highly recommend as required reading for any interested in the luthier’s art.  This exceptionally well preserved example from 1967 exemplifies Jose’s skill and attention to detail.  Exceptionally well preserved, it is untouched since the day it left Jose’s shop and the finish is still perfect, and the instrument is devoid of cracks or other age related issues.  It shows some minor playing wear, which is the only thing holding back a rating of “mint.”  In terms of sound, this instrument is a very refined and playable version of the ca 1960‘s Ramirez 1a model, with internal bracing which is very similar to what Ramirez was using.  Unlike the usual Ramirez 1a however, this instrument is exceptionally player friendly, responding beautifully and effortlessly to tonal color shifts, dynamic range and cantabile treble lines.  Basses are perfectly balanced with the trebles, and the instrument feels perfectly at home with any kind of music, a true universal tool for the musician.  Over the years we have had several of these Oribe models pass through the shop, most in very heavily played condition.  Far and away, this instrument is the best preserved, best sounding and best playing of any we have had the pleasure of playing.  Jose’s instruments are not often encountered here in the USA, they are enormously popular in Japan, where the prices for models like this are astronomical.  $9,500