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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.

2008 Gerhard Oldiges

2008 Gerhard Oldiges (Germany), 650mm scale 51 mm nut spaced 43 mm 1-6, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original French polish of shellac, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines.  Very strongly based on the post war Hauser Sr. models this guitar could pass as the sister to any of Hauser’s guitars of that era.  Even the fingerboard has the Hauser cross grain patch inset under the soundboard portion and the interior is as clean as the Hauser originals.  With such fidelity to the original model, the sound is also very Hauser-like, clear, colorful with those firm Hauser basses and singing trebles that characterize Hauser guitars.  Yet at the same time, it is a bit more Spanish and crisper than the usual Hauser model, and so while the visual emulation is nearly total, the musical presentation is distinctly original.  Action is normal, the volume is good and you can really exploit this guitar for the nuances of color.  This is an instrument that would fill any concert hall.  $8,500