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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.

1999 Dominique Delarue

1999 Dominique Delarue (France) No. 207, Grand Concert Model, made in his Carpentras shop in Crillon la Brave, France.  650 mm scale, 50 mm nut, strings spaced 41.5 mm on centers between 1st and 6th.  Cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, the sides are laminated inside with what appears to be cypress, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines, original french polish of shellac.  Action measures 3.5 mm on the bass side and 3 mm on the treble side at the 12th fret.  Dominque Delarue draws his inspiration from the instruments of Daniel Friederich, and indeed they are very crisp and powerful like a good Friederich, yet also sweet and very responsive, easy to play and with a great range of color and dynamics which can be controlled by the player with very little effort.  This instrument has a minor top ding by the lower treble bout which was repaired by Dominque himself, although the area is now slightly lighter than the rest of the french polish, but the touch up is entirely original Delarue work.  Because of this, the price is considerably below the going rate for new Delarue instruments, so this will be a great value for a professional looking for maximum sound at minimum cost.  $9,000