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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.

1996 Thomas Humphrey "Millennium"

1996 Thomas Humphrey “Millennium” Model (U.S.A.), 650 mm, 52 mm nut with strings spaced 42 mm on centers, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original finish of lacquer sides, back and neck and french polished top, ex collection Sergio Assad via his student Scott Kale.  The ‘Millennium” model of the late Thomas Humphrey revived the 19th century idea of the raised fingerboard and has found favor among many contemporary touring professionals because of the easier access to the upper fretboard.  This feature is now a mainstream option for players who like the feel of the raised fingerboard.  Among the Humphrey Millennium’s we have handled in the past, this instrument is clearly the best preserved and best sounding of them all.  The condition is mint and the huge sound and easy action are perfect for concertizing.  The Brazilian rosewood sides and back are perfectly selected, tom obtained his stock from old supplies originall purchased by the C. F. Martin Company in the 1950’s and ’60’s.  The spruce looks to be the very best European variety, perfectly quartered, and the bridge and saddle are set at just the right height, a detail difficult to control with raised fingerboard models.  The initials "MC" on the label are those of his wife Marta, who assisted Tom in his lutherie.   If you have been searching for the ultimate raised fingerboard Humphrey Millennium, this is the guitar.  $15,000