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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.

2004 Bruné Custom Concert #682

2004 R. E. Bruné Custom Concert Model No. 682 (U.S.A.) 645 mm scale, 51 mm nut, Spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original french polish varnish, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines, near mint condition.  This instrument was custom built using the 1937 Hermann Hauser plantilla and top bracing, along with a Hauser style rosette, essentially a Hauser copy without all of the Hauser decoration.  It has the musical qualities of the great Hauser Sr. guitars which it is closely based on, and it plays exceptionally easy with the 645 mm scale.  A very colorful and bold instrument, just the kind of guitar that appeals to players who know how to use the colors in an instrument,  It is exceptionally clear and projects quite well, so it would be ideal on the concert stage or recording studio.  The wood selection is equal to that found in any of the great Hauser guitars and the french polish is in immaculate condition.  This instrument is a great chance to own a Bruné Hauser style guitar for considerably less than the cost of the bench copies.  $10,000