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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.

1993 Bruné No. 568

1993 R. E. Bruné (U.S.A.) No 568, 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, spruce top, Spanish cypress sides and back, original french polish of shellac, no repairs, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines, and special ordered “V” jointed head joint.  One piece clear golpeador.  While this guitar would be excellent for any flamenco player, it is also a very viable instrument for a jazz guitarists, or early music specialist.  The low easy action makes left hand complexities disappear, and the quick explosive sound and immediacy of response make this a really fun guitar to play just about any genre of music.  There is just enough playing wear to warrant an attractive price, but not enough to put off any but the most inflexible of condition wonks.  It has been carefully and skillfully used for its intended purpose and shows very minor evidence of this fact.  What is more obvious is the open nature of the response from a well broken in musical instrument.  $8,000