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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.

1993 Maurice DuPont

1993 Maurice DuPont “D” hole Selmer style steel string (France) Model MC-50, 645 mm scale, 44 mm nut, spruce top, laminated Indian rosewood and mahogany sides and back (like the originals!), walnut neck, black ebony fingerboard, gold plated enclosed gear tuners.  This instrument is a copy of the early Selmer-Maccaferri designed guitars which were originally designed by Mario Maccaferri for the Selmer Company of Paris. (Mario was inspired by HIS teacher, the Italian luthier Luigi Mozzani).  Immediately seized upon by the Django Reinhardt gypsy clan as the ideal guitars for the new version of jazz which they were creating in pre-war Paris, these guitars are now forever linked with the “jazz manouche” or gypsy jazz genre of France.  Played with picks using light gauge steel strings these guitars have proven to be the ideal instrument for the genre.  Like the originals, this guitar is quick, responsive, easy to play and lyrical.  The only thing missing is your personal caravan to carry it around in, along with a haze of cheap cigarette smoke give it the proper “Hot Club” odor.  From a non-smoking environment, this guitar is in mint condition and is priced far below the cost of a new version from Maurice, who is one of France’s most talented luthiers.  $3,200