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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.

2001 R. E. Bruné No. 644

2001 R. E. Bruné No 644 (U.S.A.) Custom made of Angel Romero, 650 mm scale, 53 mm nut, strings spaced at 44 mm on centers from 1-6, top of extremely rare Pino Sangrado, back and sides of Brazilian rosewood, Hauser style bridge and braced internally like the large model Antonio de Torres guitars.  Original untouched french polish of shellac, original Rodgers tuning machines with Panormo style side plates.  The top center seam has been reglued.  This instrument was especially commissioned by Angel Romero to have a design blending the best ideas of Hauser Sr. and Antonio de Torres.  The top wood which is a rare softwood sometimes used by Torres (see Romanillos, Antonio de Torres, p. 90) is from a very rare small supply which was used by our shop.  The Brazilian rosewood was selected to have some of the visual characteristics of the iconic Miguel Rodriguez “Church door” guitars with their dramatic light and dark areas.  Musically this instrument is a true blend of both Torres and Hauser, having at once a very “Spanish” character, yet at the same time a clarity and firmness characteristic of the best Hauser guitars.  It is colorful and has a wide dynamic range with excellent projection and soft action.  The neck is a bit larger than the usual Bruné necks, and the frets are the tall Spanish variety.  Dedicated to Angel Romero internally, this instrument is a unique one of a kind creation.  $12,000