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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.

2013 Antonio Marin Montero

2013 Antonio Marin Montero (Spain) No. 706, 660 mm scale, 52 mm nut, spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original varnish of french polish, original clear one piece tapping plate, slight playing/handling wear visible, no cracks or previous repairs.  Antonio Marin Montero is the godfather of the modern Granada school of makers, he has helped countless makers both Granada based and from foreign lands in their lutherie careers.  Marin himself benefitted from his brief association with French maker Robert Bouchet, and is probably best known for making “Bouchet” models.  However, this instrument is Antonio’s own personal model, not a copy of anyone else’s model and as such it represents the culmination of a lifetime of making fine guitars.  Despite the 660 scale, it plays effortlessly, and the sound is very Spanish, not at all edgy or nasal like Bouchet models can be.  It has fantastic colors, dynamic range and springy immediacy that makes it hard to put down.  This guitar captures Antonio’s own personality and is a paragon of artistic integrity and musicality.  $9,000