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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.

2014 Stephen Faulk

2014 Stephen Faulk (Japan) 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, spruce top, Palo Escrito sides and back (a kind of Mexican rosewood), hand padded french polish of shellac, new mint condition.  Stephen Faulk recently moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Japan where he now lives and builds instruments in his shop entirely by hand, this being one of the first which he made in his new Japanese location.  The instrument is very reminiscent of the work of Marcelo Barbero who was the maker most esteemed in Spain after the death of Santos Hernandez.  The action is very easy, the guitar speaks immediately with a brilliant deep voice, punchy, yet well founded with beautiful depth and colors.  It is a very Spanish Madrid kind of instrument which harks back to the days before the Ramirez shop redefined the idea of the “Madrid” sound.  While this instrument is fitted with an original clear golpeador, it would suit just about any genre of player with its very musical qualities, and the Palo Escrito sides and back are a definite plus for the touring concert artist.  $3,200