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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.

2000 Hill "Munich" No. 1604

2000 Hill “Munich” Model (Mexico)  No. 1604, 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, strings are spaced 42 mm on centers 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, black ebony fretboard, and hand padded french polish finish, machines are Schaller gold Hauser style.  There are three repaired hairline cracks on the top, which have no affect on the sound.  These Hill Munich models were based on the guitars of the Hauser family, and are indeed very good imitations both visually and musically.  Particularly impressive is the volume and color.  Also notable is the internal 2 way adjustable truss rod which allows the relief of the neck to be adjusted to the preference of the player without the expense of refretting.  This instrument is easy to play, beautifully balanced with great projection and tone colors.  No longer offered by the Hill shop in California, these luthier made, hand finished guitars are the bargain of the century delivering performance rivaling that of guitars cost up to 4 times as much.  $2,500