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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.

2005 Bruné Concert Model

2005 R. E. Bruné Concert Model No. 685 (U.S.A.), 645 mm scale, 50 mm nut, spruce top, flamed maple sides and back, built on the Santos plantilla with a Santos Hernandez inspired rosette, this instrument is exceptionally easy to play, with a big, bright bold sound that jumps out of the instrument, great sustain, with singing trebles.  It surely confirms that smaller bodied instruments are not smaller in sound, just easier to play for those with small hands.  The tuning machines are Sloane/Waverlys with ebony buttons and we have recently added a clear plate to the face to prevent nail wear.  The original french polish has some playing wear visible and several minor hairline cracks were glued in our shop, which are now invisible.  $8,500