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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.

2003 Carlos Piña No 161

2003 Carlos Piña Cutaway (Mexico) No. 161, 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut with strings spaced 43 mm on centers, action at the 12th fret is 2.8 on the bass side and 2 mm on the treble side, strings are 9 mm above the top at the bridge.  Spruce top, Monterrey cypress sides and back, lacquer varnish, Schaller gold Hauser style tuning machines, original clear golpeador on top.  Fitted with a Fishman Prefix Pro-blend pick up and with a cutaway, this is the perfect gig guitar for the professional player, either for flamenco, classical or jazz.  Or just play it live, the sound is very open and clear, with bright crisp trebles and round robust basses.  Heck, it would even be great for Renaissance music with its crisp almost lute like brilliance and clarity.  Minor playing and handling wear visible around the instrument.  These Carlos Piña cutaway instruments are very versatile and won’t break the working musician’s budget.  $2,500