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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.

2015 Narongsak "Jeep" Visesnut

2015 Narongsak “Jeep” Visesnut (Thailand), No. 39, 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, 42.5 mm spacing between 1st and 6th string, action at 12th fret is 4 mm on the bass and 3 mm on the treble side.  Spruce double top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original french polish of shellac, Deluxe Gotoh tuning machines with black pearl buttons.  “Jeep” Visesnut is also the inventor and producer of the world famous Visesnut guitar cases which we proudly represent in the U.S.A.  Jeep’s guitars exhibit the same attention to detail and perfection of design as his cases, he is a very talented maker.  He studied with José Romanillos in classes in Spain and this instrument is very much in the style of Romanillos, with its attention to detail, hand applied french polish and internal constructional details.  The sound is rich and balanced, with brilliant trebles, uniform sustain up and down the 1st string, excellent balance between treble and bass, clear and very colorful.  Musically this is as close as you can get to an original Romanillos for a fraction of the price.  $5,000