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800 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL, 60201
United States

847-864-7730

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.

1973 Manuel Velazquez

1973 Manuel Velazquez (U.S.A.) 650 mm scale, 53 mm nut, spruce “hazelfichte” top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original spirit varnish, considerable wear visible to the varnish, nor cracks or repairs, the bass side set of the original Landsdorfer/Reischl tuning machines was replaced with a more recent vintage of the same set, without any head alteration.  Minor fret and fingerboard wear, still very playable.  This vintage Velazquez shows the influence that Ramirez 1a guitars commanded during the early 1970’s.  Don Manuel has added a treble side diagonal bar on the soundboard to increase the upper end brilliance, deepened the body, and made the nut a full 53 mm wide and tinted the spirit varnish with a golden orange transparent tint, all features common to the Ramirez 1a’s of that era.  None the less, this instrument still retails the essential characteristics of Velazquez guitars, with their intense color range, sweetness, and immediacy of response, not to mention ease of playing action.  The consistency of attention to detail and integrity are hallmarks of Don Manuel’s work, whose career spanned well over 70 years at the bench, a remarkable legacy.  $13,500