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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.

2007 Robert Ruck No. 906

2007 Robert Ruck No. 906 (U.S.A.) 650 mm scale, 53 mm nut, strings spaced 43 mm between 1-6 on centers, cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original untouched catalyzed urethane varnish over sides, back and neck, top is french polished and has been padded over recently.  Original engraved brass Hauser style side plate Rodgers tuning machines.  The sides by the neck heel have sound ports.  Robert Ruck was recently inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America’s Hall of Fame, he has built over 1,000 fine guitars by hand and he is one of the most esteemed guitar makers in the world today.  This instrument is very traditionally braced inside with a bracing system very close to that used by Ruck in the legendary 1972 Ruck guitar owned and played by Manuel Barrueco for so many years.  This instrument has a richness of color and piano-like evenness of response throughout its entire range with even sustain and penetrating trebles that carry in the largest of halls.  The basses support and sustain like a grand piano, and the whole ensemble is extremely musical.  This is truly the definition of a fine concert guitar and a beautiful work of art.  Robert’s waiting list is now essentially closed, if not impossibly long, so this is a rare chance to acquire one of his finest concert quality guitars at a reasonable price.  $9,000