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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.

1992 Rene Baarslag

1992 Rene Baarslag (Spain), 653 mm scale, 53 mm nut, strings are spaced 44 mm on center between 1st and 6th, action at the 12th fret is 4 mm on the bass side and 3 mm on the treble side.  Spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original untouched french polish of shellac, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines.  Working in Granada, Baarslag is one of several foreign makers who have benefitted greatly from the success of Antonio Marin Montero who redefined the term “Granada School” with his small Bouchet model, both in terms of musical design and visual cues.  This Baarslag is visually very much part of this new aesthetic while musically it has more in common with Antonio’s own personal models which predate the Bouchet collaboration.  This instrument is rounder and more open, somewhat “Spanish” sounding without any hint of flamenco.  It has a very pure “classical” tone, even, colorful and very controllable with good projection and clarity.  The “zero” fret at the head is a throwback to the early Hausers and norther European traditions which sometimes used this feature.  A nice solid instrument with no cracks or repairs and only minor handling and playing wear.  $5,000