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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.

2002 Hill Hauser Model

2002 Hill Hauser Model (USA), No. 999, 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut, spruce top, deeply flamed European Maple sides and back, original french polish of shellac, Schaller gold Hauser style tuning machines, excellent original condition, showing only a few minor playing and handling wear marks.  No cracks, no repairs, no alterations.  This was a custom ordered Hauser style guitar made in Kenny Hill’s California workshop based on the 1937 Hauser of Segovia, but using beautiful flamed maple sides and back.  In the Urlik Collection there is a very similar original Hauser Sr. made in 1932 featured on pages 94 and 95 of the new second edition.  This instrument very closely resembles the original Hauser in both feel and musical performance, having a well balanced and brilliant treble and crisp, focused bass.  It is very even and clear and projects perfectly with a light touch.  Maple is a wonderful option for sides and backs which players today are rediscovering.  Don’t delay, this one is priced to sell quickly at $3500.