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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.

1976 Robert Ruck

1976 Robert Ruck (U.S.A.)  657 mm scale, 52 mm nut, spruce top, Spanish cypress sides and back, catalyzed urethane varnish, original ebony friction tuning pegs, which are the easiest to use pegs I have ever encountered on a flamenco guitar.  This instrument was made during Robert’s time living in Middleton Wisconsin.  Previously he had lived in Miami Florida where he also studied classical guitar with the late Juan Mercadal, and flamenco singing with the late Elena Marbella.  Like many American luthiers, Robert began as a flamenco guitarist and continues to play flamenco today, so he is very steeped in the traditions of the flamenco world.  This guitar exemplifies that with its “piropos” (compliments) to Marcelo Barbero, Santos Hernandez and many other great Spanish makers.  Perfect in every detail it is the quintessential traditional flamenco guitar, with low action, explosive brilliance, thunderous basses, and when capoed to accompany a singer, the primal urgency which brings out the best in a singer.  Beautifully executed in every detail, with perfect wood selection, and now well over 40 years of “breaking in,” this guitar is in its prime, an irreplaceable ode to the greatest Spanish luthiers.  $8,800