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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.

2010 R. E. Bruné No. 720

2010 R. E. Bruné flamenco No. 720 (U.S.A.) 653 mm scale, 53 mm nut, strings spaced 43 mm on centers between 1-6, spruce top, Spanish cypress sides and back, original untouched french polish of shellac, clear tapping plate, Hill model ebony friction pegs.  If you are looking for the ultimate explosive traditional flamenco guitar, this is your instrument.  Low action (2.25 mm on the bass, 2 mm on the treble at the 12th fret), strings are 7.5 mm off of the soundboard, the response of the instrument is immediate and explosive, lyrical and percussive, the perfect instrument for solo or accompaniment work.  Condition is near mint with only the slightest of handling marks visible hear and there around the french polish.  The pegs which are deluxe Hill model ebony pegs have been fitted using correct violin peg shavers and reamers, so these pegs work great unlike many of the cantankerous pegs found on some Spanish instruments.  No fading or sweat staining, no cracks no repairs, this is a rare chance to own an original Bruné flamenco from a maker who began as a flamenco player. $7,500