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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.

2009 Robert Ruck

2009 Robert Ruck No. 953 (U.S.A.)  650 mm scale, 52 mm nut, spruce top, spruce sides and back, Deluxe Gotoh tuning machines, original gold shaded french polish of shellac.  Robert, who in 2016 will be inducted in the GFA Hall of Fame, could never be accused of being a slacker when it comes to productivity, he is one of the most talented and productive individual luthiers working in America today, having now surpassed a lifetime output of over 1,000 instruments, a remarkable and rare milestone for any individual luthier.  This instrument reflects his many years of experience and knowledge, being at once a very traditional sounding and playing flamenco guitar, while at the same time utilizing non-traditional spruce for the sides and back.  The action is like butter, so easy to play, and the sound virtually jumps out of the instrument with the slightest touch, brilliant and deep at the same time, very colorful and always well balanced.  We often sing praises to the great makers like Santos, and Barbero, whose influences are obvious in Robert’s flamenco instruments, but we have to bear in mind that Robert has to date probably built more than twice the number of instruments that either Spanish maker completed in their lifetimes, and he is still going strong.  While his order list is essentially closed, the best way to acquire a Ruck now is to buy a good one on the secondary market while they are still reasonably priced.  $8,800