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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.

2010 German Vazquez Rubio

2010 German Vazquez Rubio (U.S.A./Mexico)  650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, 42 mm spacing between 1st and 6th strings, action at the 12th fret is 3.5 mm on the bass side and 2.5 mm on the treble side, cedar top, Palo Escrito sides and back (a kind of Mexican rosewood), lacquer varnish all around.  A surprisingly lively and very immediate sounding instrument, which echoes some of the old Ramírez characteristics in its tonal palette (and rosette!), but is exceptionally easy to play and very clean in the action.  Trebles are crisp and bright, well balanced with surprisingly deep basses, the sound of this instrument is well beyond the price point, so the value is excellent.  $2,500